Positive Encouragement

One of the many things I remember about Mr. Parker in all the classes I saw him teach, he never asked a student a question the student could not answer. I remember him stopping me after I performed a technique in a Thursday night class saying, “That was great, Jack but have you ever thought of doing it like this”. He was brilliant about not making us feel bad or discouraged about what we did.

I now know that it was the one minute manager training all over again. Catch a student doing something good and then you can correct them without them feeling bad. He was great at doing that. I know now that his teaching style was based upon the example of Jesus Christ. He really loved our Lord Jesus and tried to lead that lifestyle to the best of his ability to the end.

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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.


  1. Henry Agri says:


    Thanks for that wonderful and inspiring story. I would have loved to have met Mr. Parker. From what I hear, he was an incredible human being. He taught us all how to teach, as I still use those same methods with my students.

    God bless you and your family

    Henry Agri