The UKA Crest was designed colaboratively by Jose and Kevin with approval from Norm. A few key elements and symbolism of the crest include:
Pagoda Shape(Ed Parker, Infinite Insights vol. 1)
The TOP of the crest is like a roof which gives shelter to all who are under it.
The SIDES )( are curved conversely because, like the roof of a Chinese home, it is to send evil back to where it came from, whenever it tries to descend.
Axe Head shape(Ed Parker, Infinite Insights vol. 1)
it represents the executioner—in the event a member is influenced by evil ideas and thoughts contrary to our philosophy, or shames the IKKA organization, he is cut off, never to coexist with us again.
From Dictionary.com: belief in oneself and one's powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance
From Dictionary.com: to hold in esteem or honor; proper acceptance or courtesy
From Dictionary.com: to bring to a state of order and obedience by training and control (verb); to train by instruction and exercise(verb); activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill (noun)
Ed Parker's Universal pattern (Ed Parker, Infinite Insights vol. 4)
it represents the fundamental shapes, figures, and patterns of the techniques of Kenpo
in the UKA crest it is represented in three dimensions; known as the Universal Sphere. The Universal Sphere expresses the flat truths of the universal pattern and extends them entirely around the Martial Artist
it serves as the background to the Dragon and Tiger
represents youthful or earthly strength, aggression, and vitality
tiger is colored white, yellow, and black
white represents the first belt, it is a belt which is given early
yellow is the first earned belt, it is a dangerous stage in the martial artists career when new techniques and inexperience must be brought under control
the black stripes are to remind even the experienced martial artists to be cautious
represents wisdom, experience and spirituality
the dragon is in a dominant position with respect to the tiger
traditionally the dragon on Kenpo crests is red and yellow UKA uses green, yellow, and red
the green is representative of growth, nature, and life
the yellow is representative of happiness, intelligence, and harmony
the red is representative of professorship (seen also in the stripes of the belt)
the dragon's talons closely resemble a Karambit
a single bladed weapon which can act as an extension of the Martial Artists natural weapons
can be easily hidden, even while being wielded by the Martial Artist
is frequently made "dull" or non-lethal while still maintaining its usefulness as an extension of the martial Artists natural weapons
as represented on the UKA Crest three karambits are overlayed to form a 'K'
the belt has three red stripes which is generally considered a teaching rank
the three stripes of the black belt indicated UKA's dedication to producing Martial Artists dedicated to teaching