Martial Influence & Bias
Martial Artists will often compare self defense movement of any style to whatever kinetic art that they have been exposed to either from their specific style of training or whatever style they have seen.
This is not only common but normal.
Paxtial Arts is not a Martial Art.
Many Martial Arts styles and systems have influenced the development of the Paxtial Arts.
In the History section of our courses who, what and where those influences have been implemented will be outlined and credited in detail.
As the Paxtial Arts practitioner grows and evolves within this system glimpses of various Martial Arts styles will appear in the mind's eye of each practitioner.
Movement that looks the same does not mean it is the same.
Our philosophy, science and outcome is the exact opposite found in the Martial Arts.
The Paxtial Arts was first created and conceived of by myself, Ed Parker Jr., as an alternative and peaceful self defense option during the time I was teaching Martial Arts seminars in the nucleus of the Martial Arts industry.
My wife Baer is my right arm and partner; we are an inseparable workforce. She is the classy woman behind the curtain. If it were not for Baer and her extensive knowledge and talents as an educator, linguist, writer and editor as well as countless other skills we would not have been able to complete or present this system to the world.
Over time I found that the Paxtial Arts as a self defense art, philosophy and science did not fit in the Martial Arts arena and needed a name and place to be further developed.
Eventually the Paxtial Arts Non-Combative Self Defense System found its proper place on the opposite side of the Martial Arts self defense coin.
Martial Arts and Paxtial Arts are equally balanced as legitimate self defense systems yet they lie opposite each other with inverted function.
I was raised in the heart of the Martial Arts Industry under the system my father Ed Parker Sr. founded; the System of American Kenpo Karate.
The Martial Arts industry is divided into various styles structured as systems and/or arts.
Each Style, System or Art within the Martial Arts is influenced by its cultural background and roots.
The Japanese Martial Art styles of Karate, Shotokan and Ninjutsu expose much to the view of participants and the integral parts of Japanese culture.
The Martial Arts known as Kung Fu, Wing Chung and Kenpo are Chinese in its origins; while Kali and Escrima are Filipino Martial Arts.
The list goes on but you get the gist, each Martial Art from around the world showcases its cultural origin.
If you are a Martial Artist who is studying the Paxtial Arts you will be able bring the flavor of your particular Martial Art to the table, showcasing your foundational influence(s).
For instance say you choose Paxtial Arts as the system you study and you have trained in Jiu Jitsu as your primary Martial Art then you would be manifesting Paxtial Arts with a Jiu Jitsu style.
Some Martial Arts system practitioners might excel at Paxtial Arts ahead of others.
A few examples:
If Paxtial Arts practitioners who have been exposed to a Martial Art such as American Kenpo they will most likely see parallels with how the Paxtial Arts is logically and sequentially structured.
If you are familiar with the Russian Art of Systema you will most likely see some familiarity in spontaneous flow of movement and physical interaction.
You may see parallels to the Japanese Art of Aikido with the application of redirection, use of inertia, focus on weight distribution and balance maintenance.
As far as the Filipino Martial Arts are concerned you may see parallels to the Paxtial Arts in adjusting alternative leg and hand movements as well as patterns used in their systems.
Many principles of the above listed arts as well as other Martial Arts have influenced the Paxtial Arts.
The key word is influence.
After all we are the sum of our life experience and the Paxtial Arts is the sum of my mind and soul import.
In regards to the Martial Arts or any self defense system for that matter;
Who actually owns the horizontal thrust punch?
In answer to that question; every Martial Art System owns the horizontal thrust punch or none of them do.
That is UNLESS personal perspective can be patented and cultural bias and history can be erased; which it can't.
Whatever style or system of Martial Arts one does it can never be said that you only do Martial Arts as you might hear the response of;
"Oh? What type of Martial Arts do you do?”
And so this same dialogue can be said of the Paxtial Arts System.
Because there are many Paxtial Artists with a wide range of cultural flavors drawn out from the wells of ancient and modern Martial Arts influences.
Only to be added in to the next new and revolutionary self defense system.
And today that new and revolutionary self defense system is The Paxtial Arts.
How will YOU influence the Paxtial Arts?