Survey about Masters and Associations: Results
Answers to February 14th,  2005: 78

Which associations do you know?
       IKKA  55%
       LTKKA  38%
       AKKS  19%
       WKKA  19%
       FEK  8%
       AKKI  9%
       AKKE  5%
       AKSC  5%
       VKKS  5%
       LKKA  5%
       AKKA  5%
       OAKKA  4%
       CKF  3%
       Kenpo International  3%
       EKKA  3%
       Elite-Fighters  3%
       UKS  3%
       VMKKA  3%
       AKTS  3%
       Other  28%
Which masters have you heard of/know? 
       Larry Tatum  32%
       Frank Trejo  19%
       Jeff Speakman  15%
       Joe Palanzo  14%
       Huk Planas  14%
       Gilbert Vélez  13%
       Doreen Cogliandro  10%
       Bob Liles  10%
       Dian Tanaka  10%
       There is only one, Senior Grand Master Ed Parker  10%
       Angel Picó  9%
       Benedicto Rosales  8%
       Manny Reyes  8%
       John Sepúlveda  8%
       Luelmo  6%
       Manuel Cuevas  6%
       Paul Mills  6%
       Bob White  5%
       Ron Chápel  5%
       Other  92%
Who is your favourite national master? 
       Benedicto Rosales  10%
       Manuel Cuevas  6%
       Angel Picó  5%
       Hnos Jódar  5%
       José Aponte  5%
       Kevin Lamkin  4%
       Paul Mills  4%
       Joe Palanzo  4%
       Eric Alfaro  3%
       Larry Tatum  3%
       Julio Sammamed  3%
       Sergio Correa  3%
       Stephen LaBounty  3%
       Francisco Vigoroux  3%
       Jeff Speakman  1%
       Huk Planas  1%
       Frank Trejo  1%
       Brian Duffy  1%
       Jorge Jiménez  1%
       Other  26%
Country of origin
       Chile                   6%
       México                6%
       USA                   32%
       Spain                 29%
       Venezuela          12%
       Ireland                  1%
       Germany              1%
       England               3%
       Canada               1%
       Grecia                 3%
And foreign? 
       Gilbert Vélez  14%
       Jeff Speakman  13%
       Larry Tatum  12%
       Frank Trejo  4%
       Planas  3%
       Kevin Mills  1%
       Ángel Collado  1%
       John McSweeney  1%
       John Sepúlveda  1%
       Manny Reyes  1%
Which association do you think is the best? 
       IKKA  14%
       AKKS  12%
       LTKKA  12%
       WKKA  8%
       FEK  5%
       AKKI  4%
       None at the moment  3%
       They have to be known  3%
       Elite-Fighters  3%
       AKSC  3%
       VKKS  3%
       AKTS  1%
       BKKU  1%
       IKKO  1%
       AVKK  1%
       Other  13%
Do you belong to it?
       Yes                   67%
       No                     18%
Do you think is good to be affiliated?
       Yes                 83%
       No                  12%
Why? 
· Criteria are unified and it is possible to be helped by each other.
· It has a clear work structure and it supports its affiliates.
· Most of them only llok for merchandising, but in martial arts it must be a little of everything, as in everything. I like more the spiritual, philosophic, armonic in the inside/interior. 
· Provides comaraderie and knowledge of elders
· It can make kenpoists evolution with seminars, championships, exchanges, etc...
· Because this way you have the back up of some federation, one is not alone and has the right to many events, like seminars, tourneys, guaranteed exams, etc
· Don't know anymore, been a long time
· There could be well founded concepts and the originals won't be altered
· An important association guarantees a good instructor and that the whole program is going to be taught.
· Because it has first generation students of Grandmaster Ed Parker.
· Better defense of kenpo karate. To be able to participate in championships. To know how other schools work.
· I think that he is one of the best masters in the world or the best... (Tatum) By knowing him one is aware who is backing your ranks.
· I've once heard Velez said that he'd tried the union of all kenpo associations, that would be the ideal and as all that is ideal it's difficult to manage. But affiliation does help you not only to practice kenpo with other people but to gt to know people, for me the most important thing.
· It allows you to exchange ideas on our art with other practitioners of Kenpo.
· Because american masters are still the ones who know best the system. That's a fact.
· The union makes the strenght
· What is it useful for?
· Belonging to an organization provides you with the opportunity to grow.
· Because I think that it is the purest and it was the one Great Master Mr. Parker created
· Not at the present time, because they are too fragmented and have been for a long time.
· Not to be alone and lost like many.
· BECAUSE THE MAJORITY ARE ARE ONLY AFTER THE MONEY FROM YOUR SCHOOL AND THEY LEAVE YOU WITH NOTHING. THESE PEOPLE ARE PARASITES FEEDING OFF OF THE HOPE THAT THEY MAY ACTUALLY SHOW YOU SOMETHING YOU DONT ALREADY KNOW.
· To get the most benefit possible
· National recognition of rank, traceable lineage
· It's the best
· TO SHARE TRAININGS WITH OTHER SCHOOLS AND BE ABLE TO COMPETE INTERNATIONALLY
· BECAUSE IT HAS MORE PAYBACK
· BECAUSE YOU'LL HAVE MANY RIGHTS AND KNOWLEDGE AND ABOVE ALL IN SPAIN, THE F.E.K'S MEDICAL INSURANCE.
· To have legal backing. But an association as such doesn't give you the knowledge
· It is the best
· varies on the associations rules of engagement with other associations . If the association is an open forum I think its a good thing but if its exclusionary then I think its a bad thing .
· As an instructor it shows your students that you do take an interest in contiuning your training. It tells your students you do not think you know everything or that you are "to good" to ask for help or learn something new.  Plus you make friends and you widen not only your's but your students horizon as well.
· Elite-Fighters is an authentic training institute.
· BECAUSE THIS WAY I COULD COMPETE AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL
· Because kenpo is based in associations, not federations
· Standards of performance, curriculum standardization; legitimacy as an instructor or school; advanced training
· The only way to learn and understand Ed Parker's system in Spain is studying with professors and instructors who followed the complete program of the Grand Master. For that, they have to study under a first generation master. Direct line to him. Thus, you'll learn and understand theories, concepts, ideas, basic elements, techniques, sets, forms and fighting. This is the case with IKKA España for many years now.
· A kenpo with foundations is practiced and a good master is available
· Depends on benifits and cost
· FOR THE BENEFITS OFFERED TO THE ATHLETES
· Because i believe it is the complete martial art system, and it's become a part of my life.
· Kenpo would be in the olympics if we were all together
· To be with someone who backs you, prestiges you and supports you reciprocally
· Top Instruction and lineage under a well known student of Ed Parker
· FOR THE BENEFITS OFFERED WITH SEMINARS AND UPDATING
· BACKING AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT
· BECAUSE OF THE KNOWLEDGE DEGREE OF THEIR MASTERS IN THE MARTIAL ART SYSTEM AMERICAN KENPO KARATE 
· No matter what people are just going to try and put you down....i just want to train and thats it....oh and go to  tounaments and fight..ha ha
· Spread the word
· because we are a close knit familt duely focused on preserving the art as well as getting the art to our children  which just happen to be our future
· SUPPORT !!!
· Because it is one of the origional Associations
· For the support that Mr. Speakman has with all his affiliates
· You bond directly in a real learning process.
· Too much politics; loyality should be to the teacher not the group

Which activities do you think an association should have? Choose all you think relevant.
       Seminars and courses                          92%
       Championships and tournaments           65%
       Friendly meetings with other schools      69%
       Masters exchanges (visits)                    67%
       Exhibitions                                           56%
       Other                                                    8%
· Retirements and the teachings of oriental philosophy.
· So called masters getting together to check if their techniques work before doing them at a seminar
· Community activities
· Special and free training sessions
· International training camps

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