This pictogram is a visual
representation of the author's martial arts journey
The center section is the
Koshoryu Kenpo Coat-of-arms (Mitose, 1980). This Coat-of arms is in the
center because without the Mitose Koshoryu system, Kenpo as we now it would not
exist. Also, through the Tracy's system of Traditional Kenpo, the author's
martial lineage traces back to this system.
basic design of the pictogram comes from Ed Parkers' IKKA Crest. This
represents the author's promotion to 3rd degree black belt in Traditional Kenpo
(Passed on through the Tracys System of Kenpo) from the late Ed Parker. Also, the crest is often referred to as the
"Kenpo Patch", therefore depicting the authors lineage. Currently
the author has been training in the Praying Mantis system of kung fu. To
depict this journey it was difficult to find a praying mantis that fit well
within the pictogram. The only praying mantis that complimented the basic design
of the pictogram came from the Baat Bo system (Eight Step). This mantis is
also used in a vintage and rare book called 6 Harmony Praying Mantis Kung
Fu. Therefore, the exact lineage of the mantis design is unknown at this
time. Even though
the author is currently studying the Jut Sow system of praying mantis, the Baat
Bo/6 Harmony mantis fit so well and its form so impeccably complimented the pictogram, the
author chose this mantis to depict his Tong Long (Praying Mantis)
training. Also, good form is an
important part of the author's training and instruction. With this thought
in mind, the Baat Bo 6 Harmony mantis additionally depicts the authors belief in the importance
of good form in the martial arts. The author recently started studying the Baat Bo
Praying Mantis System under Master Yang Shu Ton (Tony) at the
Tang Center for Martial Arts in Akron Ohio
Mitose, J. M. (1980). What is self-defense?
California State University.
Yang, T., Figler, R. A., &
Lianto, A. (2004). Basic chinese sword: Training and practice. Journal of Asian
Martial Arts 13(3), 38-63.