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Published on Sep 16, 2010
Edmund Parker was a pioneer teacher of karate in the United States and was the founder of the oldest major tournament in the country, the famous International Karate Championships, held each year in Long Beach since 1965.
He authored several respected publications on the art of karate, among them: “Kenpo Karate”, “Secrets of Chinese Karate”, “A Women’s Guide to Self Defense” and “Parker’s Encyclopedia of Kenpo Karate”. He also wrote the Rule Book for Karate Freestyle Competition.
Parker was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame as “Man of the Year” in 1976. Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame inducted Parker as a Pioneer in 2002.