Arthur Parker Family (6 of 7 children pictured)

Edmund Kealoha Parker was the sixth of seven children born to Arthur and Eva Parker in Honolulu, Hawaii on March 19, 1931. Being raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ed’s parents’ exemplary belief in God and the gospel of Jesus Christ was engraved in his soul at an early age.
Growing up in a very rough neighborhood in Kalihi, his religious and moral values were a constant source of confrontation. Ed excelled in boxing and Judo in his early teenage years. At the age of 16 he was accepted as a student of Frank Chow in Kenpo Karate. Ed quickly became an addict to the arts. After learning all he could as a student, Frank recommended Ed continue his instruction under Frank’s brother, Professor William K.S. Chow – a student of James. Witnessing the Professor move for the first time was a deeply spiritual experience for Ed and it was at that moment he knew from the depths of his soul, Kenpo would be his life’s work.
Soon after graduating from Kamehameha High School, Ed was accepted to Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. Ed not only dedicated himself to his academic studies, but also his martial arts training. In his pursuit of mastery of Kenpo and his goal of the coveted black belt in Chow’s Art of Kenpo