Not a Test

I sat on so many promotional boards with Mr. Parker. I remember when we would see a student that should not have been at the test or was not ready to be promoted. Mr. Parker would say to the student’s instructor if you think I am going to fail your student in front of family and friends, you are wrong! In fact, you as the instructor will fail tonight for not having him/her ready for this test. So many times I heard Mr. Parker say, “This is a review of what you know, not a test. Have fun!”. The instructor was told to have the student over prepared for the next test, please. And that was all that was needed to be said and the response was always the same, “yes.”

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Jack Autry lives in Los Angeles, California. He is the father of 5 children: Jack Jr., Dan, Tammi, Anthony and Angelo. Jack received his black belt from Ed Parker. He currently holds the rank of 8th degree black belt and has been a practitioner in Kenpo for over 45 years.