Sibok Tom Kelly

Sibok Tom Kelly

Joined: October 14th, 2005, 5:16 am

August 10th, 2012, 2:47 pm #1

I have read at SJK, Tom Kelly has passed away.
My condolences to his family and friends.

I found this link, he was in Chili.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ka0COeX5e4

Regards,
Gary
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Joined: May 1st, 2006, 1:49 pm

August 13th, 2012, 9:47 am #2

Regretfully, I never met this Kenpo Senior and new little of him but thanks to your link Mr. Brewer I got educated. He seemed a straight talker telling things as it is. What was not known to me was his contribution to kenpo in the early years.
Clearly this gent is a loss to our kenpo community

Honour and Respect

Tony Dunne
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Joined: October 14th, 2005, 5:16 am

August 13th, 2012, 12:46 pm #3

Hi,

This is his biography...
*****
THOMAS E. KELLY
9th DEGREE BLACK BELT
"MASTER Of THE ART" in KENPO KARATE
Over 44 years of Martial Arts Teaching Experience.

Karate Tournament Competitor for 18 years (112+ Tournaments)

1971 3rd PLACE HEAVYWEIGHT "1st NATIONAL ALL-BLACK-BELT" CHAMPION.
1971 HEAVYWEIGHT "NEW MEXICO STATE" CHAMPION.
1971-72-73 HEAVYWEIGHT "ALL-AMERICAN KARATE" CHAMPION.
1972 HEAVYWEIGHT "WASHINGTON STATE" CHAMPION.
1972 HEAVYWEIGHT "CALIFORNIA STATE" CHAMPION.
1972 HEAVYWEIGHT "INTERNATIONALS" CHAMPION.
1998 HEAVYWEIGHT (OVER 50) "INTERNATIONALS" RUNNER-UP.

Instructor for: Pricilla Presley, John Ritter and Peter Cetera (Chicago).

Taught the children of : Buddy Hackett, Anthony Quinn, Kirk Douglas, Doris Day, Bill Cosby, Robert Gulp and Robert Mitchum.

Provided Security for: Elvis Presley, Freddy Hart, Sonny James, Robert Culp and Bill Cosby

http://www.tomkellyskenpokarate.com/biography.php
****
The above information is found at the link. There is quite a bit more. He was someone who assisted EPS in developing the art, and what was later in the books of Infinite Insights.

Very important, interesting the lack of response to his passing.

Again condolences to all who he touched, and family.

Regards,
Gary
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Joined: June 13th, 2005, 7:25 pm

August 13th, 2012, 1:59 pm #4

That is his biography ... his accomplishments to the system are listed here. Met him on several occasions. His long 4 seminar was great, enjoyed it very much.


http://www.tomkellyskenpokarate.com/my-contribution.php

Implement the business procedures we all use today. (1969)
(Mr. Parker had some of the material, but no one to implement it)

Start wearing a Black GI. (1969)

Put the Yellow Belt into his Kenpo System. (1970)
(I originally wanted it for a Youth Belt only)

Developed the Large Black Belt Diplomas. (1979)
(I have the first Diploma (1001) printed)

Developed the I.K.K.A. Colored Belt Chart.

Make the Universal Pattern Patch.
(Originally used for our four Universal Pattern Tournaments)

Started putting tips on Black Belts.
(To show the rank of the individual)

Started the I.K.K.A. Testing Board.
(To insure quality and to keep instructors training and updating)

As for Myself:

I originated Kicking Set #1 in the "Ed Parker Kenpo System". (1970)

I originated the Leg Exercise Set in the "Ed Parker Kenpo System". (1970)

Richard Planas and I helped Mr. Parker put together the original Yellow, Orange and Purple Belt Manuals of which I have the originals. (1969)

The first 7th Degree Black Belt promoted in the "Ed Parker System" by Mr. Parker. (1970)

The second Kenpo Black Belt to win the Heavyweight Division at the "Internationals".
Greg Baines (1969), (1972 fought 7 matches and then Joe Lewis)

The second Kenpo Black Belt to win their weight division (same year) at the "Internationals" and the California State Championships. (1972)
(Steve Saunders was the first)

A member of the original "Undefeated" I.K.K.A. Black Belt Team. (1975)
(Steve Saunders - Lou Oliva - Chris Armstrong - John Henderson - Tom Kelly)

The first Kenpoist to fight on an "Open Black Belt Team" (Undefeated) in Europe.
(England and Belgium : 1975)
(John Nativada - Ron Marchini - Darrnel Garcia - Benny "The Jet" Uriqudez - Tom Kelly)

The Team Fights were made into a Movie "The Young Gladiators".
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Joined: October 14th, 2005, 5:16 am

August 13th, 2012, 9:35 pm #5



Regards,
Gary
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Joined: November 27th, 2008, 10:59 pm

August 14th, 2012, 1:16 am #6

Hi,

This is his biography...
*****
THOMAS E. KELLY
9th DEGREE BLACK BELT
"MASTER Of THE ART" in KENPO KARATE
Over 44 years of Martial Arts Teaching Experience.

Karate Tournament Competitor for 18 years (112+ Tournaments)

1971 3rd PLACE HEAVYWEIGHT "1st NATIONAL ALL-BLACK-BELT" CHAMPION.
1971 HEAVYWEIGHT "NEW MEXICO STATE" CHAMPION.
1971-72-73 HEAVYWEIGHT "ALL-AMERICAN KARATE" CHAMPION.
1972 HEAVYWEIGHT "WASHINGTON STATE" CHAMPION.
1972 HEAVYWEIGHT "CALIFORNIA STATE" CHAMPION.
1972 HEAVYWEIGHT "INTERNATIONALS" CHAMPION.
1998 HEAVYWEIGHT (OVER 50) "INTERNATIONALS" RUNNER-UP.

Instructor for: Pricilla Presley, John Ritter and Peter Cetera (Chicago).

Taught the children of : Buddy Hackett, Anthony Quinn, Kirk Douglas, Doris Day, Bill Cosby, Robert Gulp and Robert Mitchum.

Provided Security for: Elvis Presley, Freddy Hart, Sonny James, Robert Culp and Bill Cosby

http://www.tomkellyskenpokarate.com/biography.php
****
The above information is found at the link. There is quite a bit more. He was someone who assisted EPS in developing the art, and what was later in the books of Infinite Insights.

Very important, interesting the lack of response to his passing.

Again condolences to all who he touched, and family.

Regards,
Gary
>>> Very important, interesting the lack of response to his passing.
The perceived lack of response is, quite probably, honoring a family request. Word got around a few weeks back of Mr. Kelly's failing health. At that time, there was a request for privacy. Being discrete does not diminish the man in any way.
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Joined: October 21st, 2010, 5:15 pm

August 14th, 2012, 4:57 am #7

That is his biography ... his accomplishments to the system are listed here. Met him on several occasions. His long 4 seminar was great, enjoyed it very much.


http://www.tomkellyskenpokarate.com/my-contribution.php

Implement the business procedures we all use today. (1969)
(Mr. Parker had some of the material, but no one to implement it)

Start wearing a Black GI. (1969)

Put the Yellow Belt into his Kenpo System. (1970)
(I originally wanted it for a Youth Belt only)

Developed the Large Black Belt Diplomas. (1979)
(I have the first Diploma (1001) printed)

Developed the I.K.K.A. Colored Belt Chart.

Make the Universal Pattern Patch.
(Originally used for our four Universal Pattern Tournaments)

Started putting tips on Black Belts.
(To show the rank of the individual)

Started the I.K.K.A. Testing Board.
(To insure quality and to keep instructors training and updating)

As for Myself:

I originated Kicking Set #1 in the "Ed Parker Kenpo System". (1970)

I originated the Leg Exercise Set in the "Ed Parker Kenpo System". (1970)

Richard Planas and I helped Mr. Parker put together the original Yellow, Orange and Purple Belt Manuals of which I have the originals. (1969)

The first 7th Degree Black Belt promoted in the "Ed Parker System" by Mr. Parker. (1970)

The second Kenpo Black Belt to win the Heavyweight Division at the "Internationals".
Greg Baines (1969), (1972 fought 7 matches and then Joe Lewis)

The second Kenpo Black Belt to win their weight division (same year) at the "Internationals" and the California State Championships. (1972)
(Steve Saunders was the first)

A member of the original "Undefeated" I.K.K.A. Black Belt Team. (1975)
(Steve Saunders - Lou Oliva - Chris Armstrong - John Henderson - Tom Kelly)

The first Kenpoist to fight on an "Open Black Belt Team" (Undefeated) in Europe.
(England and Belgium : 1975)
(John Nativada - Ron Marchini - Darrnel Garcia - Benny "The Jet" Uriqudez - Tom Kelly)

The Team Fights were made into a Movie "The Young Gladiators".
But Mr. Hebler was actually the first person to be promoted to seventh.... Again don't want to be a downer just getting the information right. and a big Salute and condolences to all who loved and respected Mr. Kelly!

Good Journey,
Todd Durgan
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Joined: October 14th, 2005, 5:16 am

August 15th, 2012, 3:01 pm #8

>>> Very important, interesting the lack of response to his passing.
The perceived lack of response is, quite probably, honoring a family request. Word got around a few weeks back of Mr. Kelly's failing health. At that time, there was a request for privacy. Being discrete does not diminish the man in any way.
I understand what you are saying.
Thank you.

Regards,
Gary
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Joined: November 14th, 2005, 11:02 pm

August 21st, 2012, 5:19 am #9

I have read at SJK, Tom Kelly has passed away.
My condolences to his family and friends.

I found this link, he was in Chili.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ka0COeX5e4

Regards,
Gary
Understanding the request for privacy but besides that, and out of all the very powerfull knowledge of Sibok, I just need to say that man was a very nice guy. I hope in the future to show other aspects that I also recorded in that film.
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