I stand before you with open hands, you see no physical weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself my country or loved ones, whether it be a matter of life or death, then here are my GOD given weapons Kenpo my closed hands.
About the Creed
The above Creed has become an accepted Code for BESDKS. Authored by Barry Elwood in January of 2000, it denotes the Martial Artist’s way of life in today’s environment. Time inevitably alters attitudes and convictions. Therefore, in reanalyzing the Creed, the use of the words, whether right or wrong, leaves no margin for clemency, but to defend one’s self. A matter of life or death means strict adherence to survival in protecting loved ones or self even if it means death to the adversary should no alternative be left. Principles must be upheld or protected, for without them the very core and soul of man is valueless. Honor motivates a Martial Artist to action because it gives him dignity. Empty hands (as well as other body weapons) are the substitutes that a Martial Artist uses in place of man-made weapons. Discipline developed through training, without weapons, implants justice and discretion when applying the Martial Arts. Thus, the above creed acts as a regulatory guide in aiding the martial artists in developing a keen sense of justices.