"I come to you with only Karate, empty hands. I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself, my principles or my honor, should it be a matter of life or death, of right or wrong; then here are my weapons, Karate, my empty hands." - Ed Parker
The above Creed has become an accepted Code for many Martial Artists. Authored by Ed Parker in March of 1957, it denotes the Martial Artist’s way of life in today’s environment. Time inevitably alters attitudes and convictions. Therefore, in reanalyzing the Creed, the use of the words right or wrong leaves no margin for clemency, but to defend one’s self. A matter of life or death means strict adherence to survival in protecting loved ones or self even if it means death to the adversary should no alternative be left. Principles must be upheld or protected, for without them the very core and soul of man is valueless. Honor motivates a Martial Artist to action because it gives him dignity. Empty hands(as well as other body weapons) are the substitutes that a Martial Artist uses in place of man made weapons to sustain his honor. Discipline developed through training without weapons implants justice and discretion when applying the Martial Arts. Thus the above Creed acts as a regulatory guide in aiding the Martial Artists in developing a keen sense of justice.
The American Kenpo style was created by Grandmaster Ed Parker as a fusion of both Japanese and Chinese martial arts. It is be one of the main houses of karate studied in club. We have two blackbelts at Cornell currently:
Jake Warner, 3rd degree
Steven McDonald, 1st degree
I WILL DEVELOP MYSELF IN A POSITIVE MANNER AND AVOID ANYTHING THAT COULD REDUCE MY MENTAL GROWTH OR PHYSICAL HEALTH.
I WILL DEVELOP SELF-DISCIPLINE IN ORDER TO BRING OUT THE BEST IN MYSELF AND OTHERS.
I WILL USE COMMON SENSE BEFORE SELF DEFENSE AND NEVER BE ABUSIVE OR OFFENSIVE.
THIS IS A BLACK BELT SCHOOL WE ARE DEDICATED, WE ARE MOTIVATED, WE ARE ON A QUEST TO BE OUR BEST.