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Published on Jan 8, 2012
the original authentic Kenpo of Grand Master William K.S. Chow. Grand Master Chow was not really big on kata and did not emphasize it in his teachings so this is a rare treat to see any kind of video of him performing kata.
William Chow's legacy grew as kenpo spread to the United States mainland with Edmund Parker (American Kenpo), Ralph Castro (Shaolin Kenpo), Adriano Emperado and his students (Kajukenbo, Karazenpo go shinjutsu) and later with Nick Cerio, who was instrumental in bringing kenpo to students in the eastern United States.
Ron Alo was one of the first to bring Kara-Ho Kempo to the mainland, teaching Chow's art in Southern California before developing his own Alo Kenpo system.
In spite of his heavy influence on the martial arts in the United States and his many notable students, Chow never had a dojo of his own, often teaching in the park and is thought to have lived in near poverty much of the time.
Grand Master Chow referred to his expression of the art and science of Kenpo as a "War Art" and focused largely on techniques that he felt worked in the streets.
Shortly before his death in 1987, Chow renamed his system "Kara-Ho Kempo".. Grand Master Chow died of a cardioventricular accident due to hypertension.