The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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Karate was an important part of Elvis Presley’s life in the early ’70s and Ed Parker was an instrumental friend and teacher to Elvis in this art. Ed Parker founded American Kenpo karate based on the original art that he learned in Hawaii. The art is primarily a form of combat self-defense maneuvers, typically using circular motions, that results in a never-ending series of strikes to your opponent. After Ed Parker’s students began teaching his version of Kenpo in other countries, the International Kenpo Karate Association was formed. The offered gold-colored metal membership card, dated “Feb. 23, 1972,” certifies that Elvis Presley is a member of the International Kenpo Karate Association and is entitled with the rank of “5th Black.” The card has the Kenpo Karate logo in the lower left corner and a raised gold signature of Ed Parker as President in the lower right corner. Elvis continued studying the art and achieved his 6th and 7th degree black belts later in 1973. Karate provided Elvis with spiritual contentment and he integrated its skills and teachings into all areas of his life. This very special membership and rank card exemplifies the level of adoration felt by the King for this art. The card measures 2 1/4 by 3 3/8 inches (5.72 x 8.57 cm) and comes with a letter from Chris Davidson which states in part, “This gold metal identification card was the first one issued to Elvis in the gold metal style. Earlier ones were made of paper and when Elvis carried them in his wallet the ink would often smear. This ID card was created by Sang Kim of Apollo Designs in Los Angeles on February 23, 1972. I purchased this card indirectly through one of Elvis’ step-brother’s family.” This Kenpo karate membership card is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The card is in very good condition overall with some surface scratching on the front and minor surface wear consistent with age and use on the reverse.
1972 Kenpo Karate 5th Degree ID Card Made for Elvis Presley
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,125.00
Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
Number Bids: 5
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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