What is the Supplemental Material?
This material consists of a
number of techniques which are not required in order for a student
to obtain a belt rank through the Stanford Kenpo Karate Club.
It also consists of a number of basics which were not formalized
(i.e. written down) in the PE course curriculum. Generally, the materials are taught either directly or through
indirect means (i.e. Kata or osmosis).
[F'2002] The Supplemental Material will now be taught as students progress through the belt ranks.
Is the Supplemental Material Required?
The supplemental techniques are
not requirements for a student to obtain a belt rank through the
Stanford Kenpo Karate Club.
Students should be able to perform the supplemental basics.
[F'2002] Blue belt and above students are now required to be able to execute and teach all supplemental techniques.
Where did this Material come from?
The source for the required and supplemental
material come from the same place. Together they
represent most of the material which were required by Mr.
Martin to obtain a belt rank.
When the Kenpo club/class was formed at Stanford, the material
taught had to fit within the Stanford University quarter
system. To do this is was necessary that some of Mr. Martin's
material be set aside.
The material is noted in these web pages for
completeness as well as historical reasons.
Why should anyone learn this material?
Students participating in the Stanford
Kenpo Club do so on an extra-curricular basis; this is not a PE class
for credit. They participate in the club for many reasons, some are not related to the
sole goal of obtaining a belt. They do
so either because they have a desire to enhance there ability to defend themselves,
or because of their interest, exploration, and love for the art. The supplemental
material enhances this experience by providing the student alternative insites
into how to approach a self-defense situation, and by allowing the student to probe into the
history of our art.
As with the supplemental basic's, students
already learn many of the techniques and movements through required
kata's and through osmosis. They just don't know of a name to
associate to the movement.