• Kajukenbo Karate

  • Kajukenbo is America's First Martial Art System. In the late 1940's, five Hawaiian martial arts masters began to train together and develop a comprehensive, practical self defense system. They founded Kajukenbo based upon the realization that no single martial art form can possibly adapt to every situation. Just as America is a blending of different types of people, so is Kajukenbo a blend of different martial arts. 

        Combining traditional martial arts with modern street fighting techniques, Kajukenbo is not meant to be a sport karate. The system teaches a student how to deliver swift, precise blows using hands, elbows, feet and knees. These techniques are delivered  to specific target areas chosen in order to subdue an attacker with the least amount of energy and maximum effectiveness

        The five men of vision who created Kajukenbo were:

    • Adriano D. Emperado, Kara-Ho Kenpo black belt and escrima (Filipino stick fighting) master

    • Peter Choo, the Hawaii welterweight boxing champion and Tang Soo Do (Korean karate) black belt

    • Frank Ordonez, Sekeino Jujitsu black belt

    • Joe Holck, Kodokan Judo black belt

    • Clarence Chang, Chinese boxing and Sil Lum Pai kung fu master

        In 1949 these five men formed the Black Belt Society, and their creation was Kajukenbo. The word Kajukenbo is derived from the styles of its' founders: KA from Korean karate, JU from judo and jujitsu, KEN from kenpo and BO from Chinese boxing. The four Chinese characters for the syllables of ka-ju-ken-bo translate into "long life," "happiness," "fist," and "style." Thus, the philosophical meaning of Kajukenbo would be:"One gains long life and happiness through this fist style."