We do things other many systems do not. For example, we use the neutral bow while most use a front stance. We check and others don’t. We cover out at the end of a technique and most practitioners of other arts have never even seen such a thing. It’s due to our principles or “rules” of motion.
I believe the statement that we have no rules is largely a semantic argument. Try using a front stance in a kenpo class on a regular basis and see if the instructor tells you it’s ok and ignores the use of a neutral bow. They’ll tell you you want to have your feet turned on the 45 and give you reasons. They’re going by the rules. I created lists of the General Rules of Kenpo in the back of several of my books in the Kenpo Karate numbered series, those being the 101, 301, 501 and 601 volumes.A yearly subscription of $29 allows access to monthly articles and over 100 archived items. Subscribe at www.wedlakekenpotv.com/leewedlake