Ed Parker’s Kenpo Karate

Belt Ranks and Titles


Orange Belt Pledge

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

Purple Belt Pledge

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.

Blue Belt Pledge

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.

Green Belt Pledge

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.

3rd Brown Belt Pledge

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.

2nd Brown Belt Pledge

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.

1st Brown Belt Pledge

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.

1st Black Belt Pledge

I hold that my time and my skill are the assets of my profession, assets which grow in value as I progress in the Art until, as a Third Degree Black Belt, I stand as a fully qualified instructor. It shall also be my responsibility to protect any student from ravenous individuals who would try to take advantage of personal weaknesses to divest the gullible into unprofitable paths, to preserve the sacred things, God, family, country and Association, I pledge my all.


The Black Belt Pledge is also an extension of the Creed, composed and designed to further promulgate spiritual character and judgment among the Black Belt Ranks. As extensions, they, too, denote the Martial Artist’s way of life in today’s environment and, therefore, also act as a regulatory guide to aid the Martial Artist in developing sensitivity, awareness, discernment, receptiveness, understanding, leniency, tolerance, compassion and a keen sense of justice.