Combining karate, judo, jujitsu, kenpo, kung fu, eskrima and boxing, Kajukenbo incorporates and uses myriad of techniques to form a unique hybrid style of martial arts. The main components include: self-defense, body contact, take-downs and groundwork. Kajukenbo is intense, using hard, fast strikes to vital parts of the body, take-downs, and a range of joint and limb destruction methods. Groundwork is also a key part of the art, usually as follow-up to take downs.
Kajukenbo was developed in the 1940′s in Oahu, Hawaii, primarily for self-defense. It was introduced to help deal with local crime and to help the people defend themselves from Navy sailors who would get into drunkenly fights with the locals. Recognised as the founder of Kajukenbo, Sijo Adriano Emperado, lived a rough and rugged life on the back streets of Honolulu. His training in eskrima would later influence different aspects of kajukenbo as we know it today.
In 1962, Emperado was given the title of “Professor” and awarded his black belt, 10th degree by Professor Wong and Professor Lau-King of the Hawaii Chinese Physical Cultural Association, the oldest kung fu school outside the Shaolin Temple.
The founders of the Kajukenbo martial arts wanted it to be effective on the streets. Workouts emphasize cardio conditioning and strength training. Because the goal of the art is to be as effective as possible on the streets, the training has to be realistic. Our training focus on the practical techniques and traditional forms of Kajukenbo that was originally designed for actual street fights.
One has to experience pain before they can give it. You have to know what your technique can do.
Sijo Adriano Emperado