The Kenpo Pledges

The pledges are extensions of the Creed composed and designed to further promulgate spiritual character among the lower ranks — Orange Belt to Green Belt.  As extensions, they too, denote the the Martial Artist’s way of life in today’s environment and, therefore, also act as a regulatory guide in aiding the Martial Artist in developing a keen sense of justice.  As students progress through the three levels of Brown Belt, their spiritual and character building responsibilities are proportionately increased through further pledge commitments. At the time they become 1st Degree Black Belts they must again take the final pledge in order to enter the realm of the Fraternal Order of Black Belts

Ed Parker – Infinite Insights Into Kenpo, Volume 3, page vi.

The Orange Belt Pledge

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I understand that I am but a beginner in a new and fascinating art which will direct me to greater obligations and responsibilities.  To honor my obligations and responsibilities I pledge myself to serve my instructor, fellow students and fellow men.

The Purple Belt Pledge

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I hold the art of Kenpo sacred and freely take upon myself the obligation and responsibility that I shall never hurt or make afraid.  I shall fight only if forced to defend myself and shall be slow to anger, loath to take offense, quick to forgive, and to forget personal affront.

The Blue Belt Pledge

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I shall never let pride rule my passions and will defend, with all the skills I possess, the weak, the helpless, and the oppressed.  I pledge an unswerving loyalty to the school and my instructor.  In addition, I pledge an unending effort to earn the self-same loyalty from those who look to me for training.

The Green Belt Pledge

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I pledge a continued effort to sharpen my skills, to increase my knowledge, and to broaden my horizons.  I shall obligate myself under the direction of my instructor to learn the skills of a teacher which will enable me to teach my skills in the prescribed manner outlined by Mr. Ed Parker.

The 3rd Brown Belt Pledge

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I pledge that as my skill as a teacher progresses I will never condemn, ridicule, embarrass or shame any student or fellow instructor in the presence of a class or group.  All grievances or disputes shall be conducted in private, away from group observation.

The 2nd Brown Belt Pledge

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I understand that like a doctor, the private affairs of students and fellow instructors that come to my attention during the exercising of my responsibilities are privileged communications and must never be discussed with any living soul.  I vow that I will never violate this pledge or any other for the sake of personal benefit.

The 1st Brown Belt Pledge

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I honor and hold sacred the right of all men to protect themselves.  I further hold that as a trained martial artist in Kenpo Karate I will take upon myself all obligations and responsibilities deemed sacred to my God, family, country and Association.