The Kenpo Karate Association of America was founded in 1956 by Edmund K. Parker. In the early 1960´s Mr. Parker changed the name of the organisation to the International Kenpo Karate Association which recognised the fact that his organisation had truly become international following John McSweeney opening a Kenpo school in Dublin, Ireland. Mr. Parker was president and the inspirational driving force behind the organisation until his untimely death in December 1990. Following Mr. Parker’s death in 1990 Mrs. Leilani Parker became IKKA president and remained in this position, supported by many loyal instructors across the world, until her retirement early in 2003. Today, the members in Europe perpetuate the art of American Kenpo Karate as developed and taught by Senior Grandmaster Edmund K. Parker.
The function of IKKA Europe is to be a non-commercial governing body to fulfil Mr. Parker´s dream to unite and make his creation “The American Kenpo Karate System” a worldwide recognized and well organized Martial Art.
Mr. Parker is not here anymore, so it´s up to us to fulfil his dream, a dream we all share. The Board and all the European Representatives are loyal to the International Kenpo Karate Association founded by Mr Parker and therefore we are working with a structure which reflects this loyalty and at the same time allow the Board and its members to develop and to implement the visions held by Mr. Parker. It´s up to us and the generations to come to keep the flame burning, united, constantly and with an energy and beauty as never seen before.
The historical fact is that IKKA-Europe is established in 1979 and registered by Rainer Schulte in 1984 in Dusseldorf, Germany on the direction of SGM Edmund K Parker. On August 6th, 1979 Mr. Parker gave Rainer Schulte the position of European Director for the I.K.K.A. His primary assignment was to establish a separate entity,
the IKKA Europe.
IKKA Europe nowadays is build upon the fundamentals that were created by Rainer Schulte when he started
with this task, and although several years of inactivity, the IKKA-Europe has and always will be the legitimate force for American Kenpo in Europe. At a Gathering in Dublin in January 2015 European Representatives that stayed loyal to the IKKA all these years, agreed upon re-energizing IKKA Europe.
Many old members that were part of history of the development of IKKA-Europe in the 80’s, gave their trust and blessings and carry an important role in the ‘New’ IKKA-Europe. When Rainer Schulte heard of this initiative,
he was delighted and proud that his assignment given to him by Mr. Parker will be continued.
In 1964, Ed Parker held his first “International Karate Championships” (IKC) in Long Beach, California, which became the largest Martial Arts tournament in the US for many years. The IKC´s brought out some of the best martial artists from around the world.
In 1982 the first IKC Europe was held in Jersey hosted by Roy Mc Donald, with Mr Parker as special guest.