The Crest



The crest that represents Kenpo was created in 1960 by a student of Ed Parker; Dick Tercell. It is now a symbol of the International Kenpo Karate Association. 

The Tiger

Represents earthly strength derived from the early stages of learning. This is the stage where the individual is more impressed with his own physical prowess. 

The Dragon

     Represents spiritual strength which comes with experience. This mental attitude is attained during the individuals later years of training. It is placed above earthly strength (as seen on the patch) since the individual at this stage has learned to develop humility and self restraint. It's the intelligence that commands earthly strength.
    The attitude of the Dragon is the ultimate goal of kenpo. Armed with this
attitude an individual will not be afraid of the opponent but of what he can do to the
opponent. Thus, he turns his back and walks away from an unwarrented conflict confident
that he could have been the victor. 

The Circle

1. It depicts life itself, a continuous cycle where there is no begining nor end. So it is with the art of KENPO, it too is a cycle of prepetual and unending movement or motion. Techiques follow a cycle, movements are a part of a cycle, physical prowess, humilty and self restraint are no more than components of a progressive learning cycle. 

2. All moves evolve from a circle wheather they are offensive or defensive.

3. The circle represents the bond of friendship that should continuously exist among IKKA members. 

4. The circle is the base from which our alphabet stems. 


1. They represent the original eighteen hand movements, which are the directions in which the hands can travel. 

2. They are the angles from which an opponent or you can attack or defend. 

3. They form the pattern in which the feet can travel. 

4. That is, is a simplified representation of the Universal Pattern.   


1. The top of the crest is like a roof which gives shelter to all who are under it. 

2. The sides are curved conversely because like the roof of a Chinese home, it is to send evil back to where it came from. 

3. The bottom forms the shape of an axe that represents the executioner. In the
event a member is influenced by evil ideas and thoughts contrary to our
philosophy, he is cut off never to co-exist with us again. 

Color Chart


  • The circle is gray because it is symbolic of the brain, since it has always been referred to as gray matter.  


  • The background is white to signify the many beginners who form the base of the Art.  


  • Represent the first level of proficiency, the dangerous mechanical stage in learning where the student is more impressed with the physical and thinks he knows all of the answers.  


  • The color of the tiger's eyes, represents the advanced students though not in great number. Also at this level the student becomes more observant. His eyes, like that of the tiger, are keen, ever so watchful and critical, always looking up to the higher levels of proficiency, striving for perfection, preparing for the day he bares the level of an expert. This level of expert proficiency is represented by the color black.


  • That of professorship over and above black but, as indicated by the colors of the dragon, there are still traces of white in the dragon's eyeball, yellow or orange on the dragon's fins, brown in the iris of the eyeball, and black in the pupils of the eyeball. This is to remind the Professor that even he should always be so humble and be able to go back to any level, whatever it might be, and perform the things that he expects of others at these levels so as never to demand too much of his students. 

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