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Having spoken to many Kenpo black belts in Europe, we felt that there should be some representation as to how the system has grown and who developed it in each country. It is up to each country to make its own family tree, this is important to do so that historical facts are preserved and not hearsay as to how Kenpo was developed in Europe. This was not achieved by one man but contributions from many.

One of the major pioneers was Rainer Schulte from Germany, along with Graham Lelliott and many others from the Island of Jersey. Graham Lelliott traveling extensively throughout Europe to promote the art taught to him by his instructor, Ed Parker. Graham Lelliott has many students in Spain and Sweden (see Black Belt Family Tree) and still travels to these countries to instruct to this day.

Kenpo has been established in Ireland for decades and has a very strong following.

I tested for my black belt in Plymouth England in 1989, under Senior Grand Master Ed Parker.

The board of examiners consisted of - Christian Springer,(Germany) Graham Lelliott (Jersey) Graham holds the rank of 9th Degree Black belt, Gary Ellis, and of course Senior Grand Master Ed Parker. The test was run by Jaki McVicar also from England. As with most people who tested for their black belts this was done under the umbrella of the I.K.K.A. of which Mr. Parker was president.

Over the years many students have asked me to publish a list of instructors that have tested for their black belts on the Island of Jersey. It must be stated that this is not an all-encompassing list and many of them have since stopped training or have moved on to other things. It is extremely difficult to publish an accurate account of the black belts that have tested for 1st Degree and above on the Island of Jersey. As many of them train in different schools.

There were 2 main schools on the Island, one being run by Graham Lelliott and the other by Roy MacDonald. Both schools came under the I.K.K.A for black belt tests. I was Graham Lelliott's student and consider myself to be his black belt. That is not to say that I did not train with and worked out with other instructors at both schools, I did. I also instructed classes as we all did, for the Jersey Kenpo Karate Association. Most of us did train on different occasions in both schools, either teaching classes or working out. On the 15th October 1994, 15 Black belts left the Jersey Kenpo Karate Association and formed the Channel Islands Kenpo Karate Federation (C.I.K.K.F). I was a founder member of the Federation. Graham Lelliott headed this organization until he left the Island and emigrated to the U.S.A.

To begin with, Graham Lelliott and Roy MacDonald's first instructor was Don Cassidy and Maurice Mahon from Ireland. They were doing Irish Kenpo that came from John Conway's schools. Both of the Irish instructors left the island and the school was then run by the students that they trained. The first school on the Island was started in 1967/8. Both instructors were training under them and receiving rank from them. In 1979 Roy MacDonald returned from a trip to America with his 1st Degree black belt. This was after splitting from his Irish Kenpo roots and moving on to train under Ed Parker's Kenpo. He was subsequently promoted to 2nd Degree in 1980, one year after his first-degree grading. Mr. Parker came to Jersey in 1980 and promoted Graham Lelliott, Dave William's, and Jim Rennie to 1st Degree Black.

In 1982 Graham Lelliott was promoted along with Dave William's and Jim Rennie to 2nd Degree.

Roy MacDonald was promoted to 3rd Degree, 2 Years after his 2nd Degree promotion.

Graham Lelliott and Roy MacDonald's 2nd instructor was Rainer Schulte from Germany, this was to be the group's main instructor and it was Mr. Schulte that prepared all of them for their black belt test. Graham Lelliott acknowledges Mr. Schulte as his primary instructor and it was Rainer Schulte that set up Kenpo in Europe with I.K.K.A Europe set up in 1982. The next instructor to have a big influence on both instructor's training was Larry Tatum. Both instructors were direct students of Ed Parker and it was until Mr. Parker's passing that both received rank from him.

I have since moved on from the C.I.K.K.F and now have my organization "American Kenpo Karate Jersey" and have numerous Black Belt Instructors of my own.

A little about who taught who the art of Kenpo in Jersey

In 1979 Roy MacDonald returned from a trip to America with his 1st Degree black belt. This was after splitting from his Irish Kenpo roots and moving on to train under Ed Parker's Kenpo. He was subsequently promoted to 2nd Degree in 1980, one year after his first-degree grading.

Mr. Parker came to Jersey in 1980 and promoted Graham Lelliott, Dave William's and Jim Rennie to 1st Degree Black.

In 1982 Graham Lelliott was promoted along with Dave William's and Jim Rennie to 2nd Degree.

Graham Lelliott tested for the following ranks on the below dates:

1st Degree Nov 5th 1980
2nd Degree April 11th 1982
3rd Degree April 6th 1985
4th Degree April 14th 1989
5th Degree June 4th 1993
6th Degree June 28th 1997
7th Degree Dec 9th 2005
8th Degree May 2nd 2009
9th Degree 12 December 2017

Roy MacDonald was promoted to 3rd Degree, 2 Years after his 2nd Degree promotion.

Graham Lelliot and Roy MacDonald's 2nd instructor was Rainer Schulte from Germany, this was to be the group's main instructor and it was Mr. Schulte that prepared all of them for their black belt test. Graham Lelliot acknowledges Mr. Schulte as his primary instructor and it was Rainer Schulte that set up Kenpo in Europe with I.K.K.A Europe set up in 1982. The next instructor to have a big influence on both instructors training was Larry Tatum. Both instructors were direct students of Ed Parker and it was until Mr. Parker's passing that both received rank from him.

American Kenpo in Europe was pioneered by many instructors, John Conway, Rainer Schulte, and Gary Ellis to name but a few. The purpose of this page is to shed some light on the development of Kenpo in Europe and in Jersey in particular.

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