Aloha Spirit Master – A Tribute Poem to Ed Parker Senior

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Ed Parker Sr.
Smiling Senior Grandmaster Ed Parker Senior

Michael S. Fuchs wrote a poem about Senior Grandmaster Ed Parker Sr and asked Senior Ed Parker Jr. to give him a picture to go with it. Ed Parker Jr. did a quick painting from a book cover he had done, to go along with the poem.

“I have always preferred to see my father smiling,” says Ed Parker, Jr.

“Aloha Spirit Master”
A Tribute to Ed Parker Senior

E Ke Makou Makua I Loko O Kalani:
Aloha Ke Makua Kane Nui!
Aloha to the Great Father!
The American Legend
Child of East and West
Straddling the globe
You mastered the ancient arts
You mastered the forms
The Great Way you became
In your Heart and Soul
With your beautiful Aloha Spirit
You gave your all for all…

Aloha Ke Makua Kane Nui!
Aloha to the Great Father!
The American Legend
Master of the Asian Way
Translator of the Way
For the New World
You transcended tradition
Creating a new tradition
A new form, a new art
The inscrutable Asian arts
Now scientific Western-Asian Arts…

Aloha Ke Makua Kane Nui!
Aloha to the Great Father!
The American Legend
Prophet of the arts
For the masses, for all people
Master of the Stars
At the Long Beach you
Unleashed the incomparable Dragon
Upon an awestruck world!
The King, the Pink Panther and
So many, many more you touched…

Aloha Ke Makua Kane Nui!
Aloha to the Great Father!
The American Legend
Master of Tigers, Master of Dragons
Master of all beasts-
The birds, the snakes, the monkeys
And more. Master of the Elements
Thunder and Lightning coursed
Through your veins
Your Mighty Spirit Shout Reverberates
Throughout the Cosmos!

Aloha Ke Makua Kane Nui!
Aloha to the Great Father!
The American Legend
Your Soul, Your Energy, Your Legacy
Lives on in countless Souls
Great Teachers you
Gave birth to, new arts
You inspired, innumerable students
Great Great Great Great Grandfather
You are to us all, now guiding
Us from the Highest Council Beyond…

Aloha Ke Makua Kane Nui!
Aloha to the Great Father!
The American Legend
The Big Kahuna you were
Strumming your ukelele
Singing your Song
Mesmerizing all who could hear
And see, hypnotizing the rest
The warmth of the Sun
Shone through your Heart and Soul
And lives on in your Son, and so many more…

Aloha Ke Makua Kane Nui!
Aloha to the Great Father!
The American Legend
We thank you for your
Titanic Feats, the
Progenitor you are, you
Are the One, the One
And only One- History
Will record as, and millions upon
Millions of students and followers
Will Always Remember and Honor As
The Father of American Kara-Te!

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