This book is not a "how-to" book in the sense you can learn karate from it. It is a tool for the novice to find a martial art system to study as well as select a school. It presents an overview of what to expect from teachers, your responsibilities as a student and what you will encouter on the road to earning a black belt in Kempo Karate. For the black belt or school owner, it reveals the origins of the "new traditions" in today's karate school in America.p/pbABOUT THE AUTHOR:/bbr Lee Wedlake is a veteran school owner, tournament competitor, author and sought-after seminar instructor. He has taught across the United States and in Australia, Denmark, Sweden, England and Ireland. Competitively, he was the first Kempo stylist to break into the Top Ten national rankings in black belt forms in 1980. Karate Illustrated magazine's July 1983 issue called him one of the "eleven prominent instructors" in the country. He was nominated to Inside Kung Fu magazine's Kempo Instructor of the Year, was included in the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame and nominated for the President's Service Award. As a personal student of Kempo master Ed Parker, Wedlake brings to light more aspects of the history, structure and development of American Kempo.