Kajukenbo - Who Knew?
Who knew that the world renowned mixed martial art called "Kajukenbo" was created in the mid 1940s right here at Palama Settlement in Honolulu? Developed by a group of men who called themselves the "Black Belt Society" they all held black belts in various martial arts and in classic Hawaiian style they shared. They met to train and learn from each other and then formed a "hui". From this collaboration the beginning of an "evolutionary adaptive style" was born.
There were five men credited as co-creators of Kajukenbo, and it is from their respective arts that Kajukenbo draws its name: Peter Young Yil Choo, Frank Ordonez, Joe Holck, Adriano Emperado and Clarence Chang. KA, JU, KEN, BO: Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, Kenpo, and Chinese Boxing. And for those who are familiar with martial arts the styles are: Tang Soo Do, Se Keino Ryu, Kodenkan Danzan Ryu, Kosho Ryu, and Chu'an Fa Kung-Fu.
According to the members of Kajukunbo the philosophical meaning behind this "grandfather of mixed martial arts is " Through this fist style one gains long life and happiness." Enjoy this brief clip. For more visit Pacific Network at