Edward Chavez Kenpo Karate Institute, LLC



     I began my Martial Arts career in the style of Kung Fu San Soo in 1972 under the instruction of Sensei Dave Carter in Whittier California. My father saw that I loved the martial arts and supported me in this sport. When we moved to Montebello California in 1975, my father enrolled me in a different style American Kenpo; that is where I began studying American Kenpo under the instructors Grand Master Danny Rodarte and Grand Master Frank Trejo In Montebello California. After receiving my rank of purple belt in December 1977 under Mr. Rodarte & Mr. Trejo my parents moved to Norwalk California and I continued going to class only once per week due to transportation issues. In 1978 I had to take a break from Martial Arts, but continued to practice at home with the help of my father and friends. I eventually returned to the sport that I loved so much, the art of American Kenpo. I was working two jobs and then going to class after work it was hard but this is what I enjoyed.

 I am now a 6th degree Black Belt. I have been the recipient of numerous honors, awards and titles; one being The Masters Hall of Fame as Instructor of the Year for 2000. I have enlightened, motivated and inspired many students throughout the years with my knowledge and wisdom. Having won many International karate victories from students I have trained, “That one does not become a Champion until one has realized that they are a Champion!” I have (8) Internationals World Victories at the, Ed Parker's Long Beach Internationals 1995-1996-1997-1998 in WEAPONS – FORMS – SPARRING – SELF DEFENSE.

6TH Degree Black Belt.
1995-1996-1997-1998 Champion, at the Ed Parker Internationals Karate Championships.
Inductee at the Master 2000 Hall of Fame for Outstanding Instructor of the Year
Recipient of the senior Black Belt Instructor of the Year 1997.
Holder of Numerous State, National and International Titles.
Grand Champion Ring in Weapons at the Master  2000
(8) Time World Champion at Ed Parkers Internationals
Master Chavez has been in the Martial Arts for over 30 Years
Father, Parent, Teacher, and Martial Artist.


My name is Edward Chavez Jr, I am a 4th degree black belt in American Kenpo.  I have been in the Martial Arts for over 20 years and wore my first Gi when I was just a few months old, so I guess you can say I was born into the martial arts.
I was 5 years old when my father Master Edward Chavez Sr started teaching me Kenpo. I was taught the basic hand strikes and stances as well as a few techniques. I also learned my first weapon, which was the nun-chuck. that was the beginning of a new life for me, a life in the Marital Arts. That's what Martial Arts means to me, Its a lifestyle, a way of thinking and a reacting to lives situations.
I was about 8 years old when I was enrolled into my first Martial Arts School. It was there I learned American Kenpo, a style mixed with traditional Ed Parker Kenpo system as well as various other Chinese, Japanese and Polynesian systems such as Kung Fu, Aikido, Lima Lama, and Lua. There I was taught that the definition of American Kenpo was "Freedom to think with an open mind". What that means is that we have the right to change and tailor the art to better fit ourselves, because no two people are alike, and we don't let tradition keep us from evolving the style to something better or greater. I also learned to be open minded in the Martial Arts, that no Martial Arts style is better than another.

It was there that I learned to embrace other styles and see what works in today situations and take it by adding to it with what i knew and learned in Kenpo. To me that is what makes American Kenpo such as great street self defense style.
 I moved up in ranks, competed at my first tournament as a white belt. It was a small tournament, but it was just the beginning. As I progressed in the Art, the tournaments I went to got bigger, and the competition harder. None of that ever mattered to me, what mattered was not to worry about the competition, I am there to compete against myself. I am now a 4 time International champion at Ed Parker's Internationals and have competed and won several awards at International tournaments.


- 4th Degree Black Belt.
-1998-2000 Champion at the Ed Parker Internationals Karate Championships
-Received his Black Belt in 2000
-Inductee at the 2011 Masters Hall of Fame for the Pioneer Award
-Holder of numerous State and National titles   
- 4 time World Champion at Ed Parkers Internationals
-Has been in Martial Arts for over 20 years and teaching for 10 years
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