What is KAJUKENBO?

Kajukenbo is America’s first martial art system. It was created in the 1940s when five Hawaiian martial arts masters began to develop a comprehensive, practical self-defense system. In realizing that no single martial art form can possibly adapt to every situation, they created Kajukenbo.

Just as America is a blending of different types of people, Kajukenbo is one of the first martial arts that is a blend of different styles. It combines traditional martial arts and modern street fighting techniques. Kajukenbo is not meant to be sport karate. The system teaches the student how to deliver swift, precise blows using the hands, elbows, feet, and knees to specific target areas to subdue the attacker with the least amount of energy and maximum effectiveness.

Kajukenbo is a mixture of the following styles:

  • KA: Korean Karate (Tang Soo Do)
  • JU: Jujitsu/Judo (Sekeino Jujitsu & Kodokan Judo)
  • KEN: Kenpo Karate¬†
  • BO: Chinese boxing (Kung Fu)

The Chinese characters for ka, ju, ken, and bo translate into “long life,” “happiness,” “fist,” and “style.” Thus, the philosophical meaning of Kajukenbo would be, “Through this fist style, one gains long life and happiness.”

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