Mr. Mills has also started to redefine the empty hand side of the system as well. He has developed new curriculum based on his personal experiences in his nightclub, as well as some of what he was taught by Mr. Parker. He was taught how to move differently than how things were written in the belt manuals. In addition, this first hand knowledge helped him formulate the greater majority of the updates to the American Kenpo system.
He has followed his instructor's example by developing and putting back into the system more than what was just taught to him. Mr. Mills studied the American Kenpo system from inside out, developing a complete and effective club and knife system based on universally true and correct concepts and principles. In this process of developing and expanding these American Kenpo systems, he had to term new concepts and principles that he identified that were not part of the vocabulary of traditional American Kenpoists. What has been developed in the AKKI incorporates some of the additions that Mr. Parker was making prior to his death. Mr. Mills has carried on the innovation process to develop the greater majority of what is taught in the association today.
Mr. Mills has also studied out knife designs, uses, and materials for over the
last fifteen years
in an effort to better understand the weapon and how to make it better fit his
needs. He has discussed with several of the worlds top knife makers and
designers his ideas and got their feedback. This was done to ensure his designs
were up to date and some of the most progressive knives out on the market. Some
of these designers have even incorporated his ideas into their knives. His knives follow his philosophy of "Structure Governs
Function" and his weapons systems are predicated on "The
Concept -- Speed, Surprise, Simplicity".
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