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    Organized by Professor Andrew J. Carroll: https://www.facebook.com/okocolorado/
    Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (MDT)

    Official Announcement: https://www.facebook.com/events/134532950612158

    Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast
    3155 S. Vaughn Way  Aurora, CO 80014

    The hotel is about 30 minutes from Denver International Airport

    “Join us for the Ordonez Kajukenbo Ohana’s 2017 Gathering in honor of Kajukenbo Co-Founder Uncle Frank Ordonez. Registration check and Bow In is promptly at 8 AM with closing ceremonies at 5 PM. Banquet and cocktail social to follow at the hotel. All ranks and styles welcome to participate in this event offering an outstanding lineup of Senior Black Belts from our Ohana. Pre-register today to ensure your place in history.”

    Seminar & Banquet Registration is on Facebook via Eventbrite: https://www.facebook.com/events/134532950612158 or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ordonez-kajukenbo-ohana-2017-gathering-tickets-38478619587?aff=efbeventtix

    Special rates have been negotiated with the hotel, for room reservations please contact the hotel directly at 720-857-9000 or book online at https://www.radisson.com/aurora-hotel-co-80014/usadsco and use group code KJKNBO to ensure the group rate of about $99 per night

  • Gracie G.R.A.P.L.E. program, revisited?

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    Brother Steve sent this in:

    MMA Comes to the PD

    Back in the 90’s Rorion and Royce Gracie had the G.R.A.P.L.E. program: Gracie Resisting Attack Procedures for Law Enforcement.

    It looks like this may have evolved into “Gracie Survival Tactics” taught in the article by Renner Gracie, who is one of Rorion’s sons – and nephew of Royce, obviously.

    Interesting article and worth reading: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/crime/2017/08/can_mixed_martial_arts_training_make_police_less_dangerous.html

    Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) Military/Law Enforcement Instructor Certification Course: http://www.gracieacademy.com/military_program_options.asp

  • Georgia students can argue self-defense to justify school fights

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    Brother John Rentschler found this:

    State Supreme Court: Georgia students can argue self-defense to justify school fights

    “In its first decision in a school discipline case, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled zero tolerance policies on school fighting cannot deny students the right to assert they were defending themselves. The court said Georgia law gives students the legal right to argue self-defense as a justification.Georgia Code states, “A person is justified in threatening or using force against another when…he or she reasonably believes that such threat or force is necessary to defend himself or herself or a third person against such other’s imminent use of unlawful force.”

    In essence, the state’s highest court ruled that Georgia law on self-defense requires schools to consider that defense in spite of zero tolerance policies on fighting.”

    Complete story: http://getschooled.blog.myajc.com/2017/08/30/state-supreme-court-georgia-students-can-argue-self-defense-to-justify-school-fights/

  • Police stand-off in Fenton ends peacefully

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    Police stand-off in Fenton ends peacefully


    Ryan Perry of the CQB Kajukenbo Club in the white shirt and black pants on the left, video in link at 0:34
    Assailant on the right, had forced a screaming woman into his car.

    Ryan distracted the assailant in question and the assailant charged him with a hammer.
    You can see Ryan put his hands up and start making some space, ready to go hands-on if necessary.

    The distraction gave the woman in the car time to get out and run into the house.
    The assailant ran back towards the car and house when he realized the woman was getting out of the car.
    Ryan and the woman are fine.

    Way to represent the Ohana Mr. Perry!

  • Have you been the victim of an assault?

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    Have you been the victim of an assault?

    Teaching people to not be “victims” of assault is what I do.
    It is what I have tried to do for a few decades now and I have been told by people from all over the world, and all sorts of government agencies, that I am very good at it.

    Being an “assault victim” is a different frame of mind from having been “assaulted.”
    Notice the tense of each? The reference to time? The choice of words? It frames how you think.
    You STILL ARE A VICTIM or you WERE ATTACKED. Take your pick.

    “I am an assault victim” or “I was assaulted”.

    You may have been assaulted the past but there is no need to label yourself as a “victim” at all.

    You almost always had a choice of taking steps to help prevent an assault (or heart attacks or getting fat for that matter) from happening.
    Body language, lack of assertive confidence, strategic & tactical choices, and a lot of other factors demonstrate to predators that you are a target.
    Do these steps always protect you? NO, of course not. But you need to take appropriate steps if you want to improve your odds.
    If you chose not to even take those steps then that is on you. You probably made choices that made you a target, a “victim”.
    These choices were not necessarily conscious ones or there may have been extenuating circumstances – being a defenseless child is an obvious example.
    But frequently adults who were assaulted go through various stages where they realize mistakes were made, even if they do not acknowledge it.
    “Why me?”… then “What if?”… “Why didn’t I…” “If I had only…”

    You have to choose to change how you think, how you carry yourself, how you look at the world.
    Getting out if the habit of thinking like a “victim” is not easy or even simple but it can be done.
    Sometimes you only need a healthy level of paranoia. You are often the most vulnerable when you feel the most comfortable.

    Most of this comes down to Wolves, Sheep and Sheepdogs.

    First thing to understand are the Sheep.

    The Sheep are a large and important segment of our society. We need them to do almost everything.
    They go through life, often bumping onto each other and occasionally annoyed with each other.
    The key is that Sheep usually only hurt each other on accident.
    There is nothing wrong with being one of the Sheep.
    The problem is that choosing to think and act like one of the Sheep -like a victim- makes one easy prey for the Wolves.
    One of the Sheep thinking and acting like a Sheep is an easy and simple choice, but one the Sheep may pay the price for.
    If you want to choose the easy way then don’t whine saying “Why me?” or “But this is such a nice neighborhood!” if you are assaulted.
    Many people have no real understanding of violence and may even use their fear of violence to hide from the realities of it.
    That leads is to the threat: Wolves.

    Wolves are different than Sheep because Wolves hurt people on purpose.

    Wolves move among the Sheep and try to prey on the Sheep whenever they desire.
    Wolves often hide among the Sheep -a Wolf in Sheep’s clothing- and can be hard to spot.
    Wolves often hunt in packs and wait to target the weakest and most vulnerable prey.
    The Wolves are frequently on the prowl looking for vulnerable Sheep.
    Wolves choose easy prey that is isolated from the protection of the Sheepdogs and the rest of the Sheep.
    They may do this ruthlessly in mere moments without the Sheep having enough time to come to terms with how much danger they were really in.
    “Remember: When seconds count, help is only minutes away.”

    Then there are the Sheepdogs. Sheepdogs exist in part to protect the Sheep from the Wolves.

    Sheepdogs are usually under no obligation to put themselves in harm’s way to protect the Sheep.
    However they often do so anyway and get little appreciation for it, sometimes they get derision and scorn for it!
    Many Sheep fear or dislike the Sheepdogs for various reasons.
    Some feel this way because the Sheepdogs tell them what to do, where to go, or have too much power.
    Others because they fear the Sheepdogs, who remind them too much of the Wolves.
    Maybe they have encountered a “bad {sheep}dog” who was merely a Wolf in disguise.
    Sometimes they see a Sheepdog that is forced to make a split-second decision that may end a life, right or wrong.
    The Sheep have little understanding of this level of responsibility but decide to judge the Sheepdogs anyway.
    There are many reasons why the Sheep may complain about the Sheepdogs or say they don’t want them around.
    But when the Wolves are at the door, the Sheep often run to hide behind the Sheepdogs or even complain that there are too few of them or that they didn’t do enough to protect them!
    Being a Sheepdog is often a thankless job, with long hours, low pay, high stress, dangerous situations, and more but most do their job admirably every day.

    So what should the Sheep do? A good start is to make sure they don’t look like easy prey for the Wolves.
    Simply because you are one of the Sheep doesn’t mean you should walk around all day going “Baaaaa!” so the Wolves can find you easier.
    Behave somewhat like one of the Sheepdogs. Make reasonable tactical and straegic choices.
    Practice Assertive Confidence. Stick with the rest of the herd as much as possible.
    Practice basic personal protection skills. Maintain a reasonable defensive posture.
    Be a little paranoid. “Just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean the Wolves aren’t out to get you.”
    Simply put: Don’t look, act or think like a victim.

    As one of the Sheep you do not have to follow these guidelines, that is your choice also.
    But don’t go crying to the Sheepdogs and say “I cannot believe that happened to me!”

    The average American has around a 1-in-3 or 1-in-4 chance of being assaulted (in some form) during their lifetime, depending on what statistics you use.
    That is math. You have can lessen the odds of that being you based on choices you make.
    But you may still be assaulted merely by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    No matter if you have been assaulted or not, the real question is: Do you want to go through your life thinking and acting like a victim?

    For more on Wolves, Sheep and Sheepdogs, check out On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and Peace by LTC (RET) Dave Grossman (ISBN-13: 978-0964920514)

    and here http://www.cqbkajukenbo.com/on-sheep-wolves-and-sheepdogs-from-the-book-on-combat-by-lt-col-dave-grossman-u-s-army-ret/

  • Canadian sniper ‘kills IS militant two miles away’

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    Canadian sniper ‘kills IS militant two miles away’

    A sniper in the Canadian special forces shot and killed an Islamic State (IS) fighter from a distance of 2.1 miles (3,540m) in Iraq last month.

    Military sources told Toronto’s Globe and Mail newspaper that the gunman is a member of Joint Task Force 2, and made the shot from a high-rise building.

    It took the bullet almost 10 seconds to hit its target, it reports.

    The Canadian Special Operations Command confirmed to the BBC the sniper “hit a target” from that distance.

    The shot, which sources tell the paper was filmed, is thought to be a record for the longest confirmed kill.

    The sniper worked in tandem with an observer, who helps to spot targets, and used a standard Canadian military issued McMillan TAC-50 rifle.

    “The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh [so-called Islamic State] attack on Iraqi security forces,” a military source told the paper.

    Complete article: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40372403

  • Facts and Fallacies of Fat Loss

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    Brad Schoenfeld discusses what personal trainers can do to help their clients with weight loss in this session from the NSCA’s 2016 Personal Trainers Conference. Learn about the facts and fallacies of weight loss, as well as what really works.

    Video and presentation here:


    Video is about 50 minutes long but worth watching.

    Quick breakdown:

    01:03 – Ketogenic Diets
    19:38 – CICO (Calories In, Calories Out)
    20:12 – Nutrigenomics
    23:56 – Meal Frequency
    29:05 – Practical Implications for Meal Frequency
    30:47 – Fasted Cardio
    38:35 – Bottom Line re: Fasted Cardio
    40:00 – 3500 calories = 1 lb. of weight loss, true or false?
    40:39 – Adaptive Thermogenesis
    44:11 – Leptin
    45:04 – “The Oprah Effect”
    46:21 – Summary re: Adaptive Thermogenesis and 3500 cal = 1 lb. fat loss
    47:19 – Practical Applications for Mitigating Adaptive Thermogenesis

    Thanks to @AnvilHead on MyFitnessPal for the breakdown and sharing the post.

  • M.M.A. Fighter’s Pummeling of Tai Chi Master Rattles China

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    Brother Steve found this one.  Yet again, a “martial arts expert” -this time a delusional “Thunder Tai Chi” guy- is beaten by a no-name MMA-style fighter.  The “MMA fighter” is actually around the same age as the Tai Chi guy, by the way and also has been retired from fights for around 16 years do the an injury, I think.

    But this time, the fighter hurt the national pride of China because the “Tai Chi master” lost so much “face” – literally and figuratively.  The article is worth reading.  My Mandarin is useless but I think the “Tai Chi master” may have actually challenged the MMA guy…



  • The Sijo Emperado Interview for Centuron Negro by John Bishop

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    I have re-posted this because Professor Bishop’s interview seems to be missing from: http://www.kajukenboinfo.com/sijointerview.html

    Interview for Centuron Negro by John Bishop

    Unlike many of todays so called masters, Adriano D. Emperado is a very humble man. He has no publicist, has never been one to seek out publicity, and rarely grants interviews. Black Belt was very fortunate to locate Professor Emperado at the Forbach Martial Arts Academy in San Clemente, Ca., where he was conducting the saturday morning black belt workout. He was also spending a few days with his student Gary Forbach before going to Hawaii for the holidays. We thank Mr. Forbach for assisting us in obtaining this vary rare and exclusive interview with Professor Emperado, the Sijo (founder) of the Kajukenbo system and our 1991 Instructor of the year.

    CN: So what have you been doing the last year or so, besides being elected to the Black Belt Hall of Fame?

    EMPERADO: I’ve been living in a cabin in Virginia, where I have been writing my autobiography. I have a deadline of April 1993 from the publisher so I’ve dedicated all my time to it.

    CN: That sounds very interesting, you probably have some great stories about a lot of people in the martial arts.

    EMPERADO: I sure do, but that will come out in the book.

    CN: Can you tell us a little about the book?

    EMPERADO: It’s basically going to be my memoirs about my life and the people in the martial arts I’ve known over the decades. I’ll talk about a lot of the martial arts events I’ve been witness to. And of course a lot of stories about the people of Kajukenbo.

    CN: Can you tell us one of the Kajukenbo stories?

    EMPERADO: Back in the 60s one of my high ranking black belts asked me to sign a piece of paper for him. Thinking nothing of his request, I signed it. He then said he wanted me to sign it again, but to write larger. When I asked him why, he then told me that he wanted a good example of my signature so he could use it to make sure no one was forging my name on certificates. A while later I was visiting a Kajukenbo school. While there I was looking at the instructor’s certificates on the wall when he proudly showed me one with my signature on it. I looked at it real close because I did not remember ever signing it. I later found out that my student had taken the paper I signed and had a signature stamp made. You see he had charged his students extra testing fees if they wanted my signature on their certificates.

    CN: That’s a very interesting story, were looking forward to reading the book. Can we talk a little about you and the Kajukenbo System?

    EMPERADO: Of course.

    CN: When and where were you born?

    EMPERADO: I was born on June 15, 1926 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

    CN: What was your first exposure to the martial arts?

    EMPERADO: When I was 8 or 9 years old I was taught some boxing by my father and uncle who were both professional boxers. They fought at the old civic auditorium in Honolulu. At about 11 when I was living with my brother in Kauai I learned the basic 12 techniques or strikes of Escrima. And then at the age of 14 I trained in Judo under Sensei Taneo at the Palama Settlement Gym in Honolulu.

    CN: And of course you trained under the legendary Professor William K.S. Chow of Hawaii. Can you tell us about this man and his classes?

    EMPERADO: I started training with Professor Chow at the Catholic Youth Organization when I was 20 years old. Professor Chow had been a Kenpo Jujitsu student of James Mitose and also had a 5th degree black belt in judo. Like Mitose he emphasized makiwara training and ground work. The makiwara training was to develop that one punch kill that was the trademark of the Japanese styles. He also tried to be more innovative than Mitose and taught a lot of ground work because of his judo background.

    CN: Who did Chow receive his judo training from?

    EMPERADO: I’m not sure, but it may have been Professor Okazaki.

    CN: Professor Chow was also said to have been taught kung fu by his father, can you tell us about this?

    EMPERADO: I’m not sure how much kung fu training Professor Chow had in his early years. When I knew him he would tell me of visions he had of his father and grandfather. In these visions they would reveal kung fu techniques to him.

    CN: Visions?

    EMPERADO: Yes, one particular time in about 1952 or 53 he told me that his grandfather had appeared to him in a dream. He said his grandfather showed him some techniques and told him that they were “Kara-Ho”.

    CN: What does “Kara-Ho” mean?

    EMPERADO: Actually nothing. Karaho is a derogatory term in Spanish, but Chow never had a meaning for the word. He said Kara-Ho was what his grandfather told him to call the art. Before that, at different times he had called his school “Go Shin Jitsu Kai” or “Lighting Karate” or “Thunderbolt Karate”.

    CN: How close were you to Chow?

    EMPERADO: I was his first black belt, his Chief Instructor and a 5th Degree Black Belt under him. We were very close for many years.

    CN: Some people say that Professor Chow’s black belts abandoned him, others used him, and that he lived in poverty?

    EMPERADO: It’s true that Professor Chow lived in poverty most of his life. Hawaii is a expensive place to live, and he had no education. He could not read or write, so when he worked he was usually a stevedore or security guard. He also was not a good businessman so he didn’t make a lot of money teaching the martial arts. Some people would visit him or invite him to do seminars for them. There was always large sums of money promised to him in exchange for a seminar and promotion. Most of the times the money was never paid or it was not the amount that was promised. Later in life he was forced to collect cans on the beach daily just to make ends meet. It bothered me to see the way he lived, but I tried to help him. When we were starting to get our schools established I went to the Professor and told him that we wanted to start an association with him as the head, and that we would all contribute dues to help him out financially. But you see Chow was a very proud and stubborn man. He refused our gesture of respect.

    CN: Can you tell us about the founding of the Kajukenbo system?

    EMPERADO: In about 1947 while I was still with Chow, I got together with 4 other black belts to train and develop a style of our own. I felt that the Kenpo Jujitsu system that I had learned lacked self defense techniques against multiple attackers or even multiple strikes. We had trained hard and fast to simply block and strike. We were developing the mentality of only facing one strike, and ending the fight with one focused punch. I started to ask myself, what if my attacker throws a number of strikes and kicks at me? What if my one well focused punch doesn’t put him down? This is why we got together. We called ourselves the black belt society.

    CN: Who were the other members of the black belt society?

    EMPERADO: Peter Choo who was a welterweight boxing champion and a Tang Soo Do stylist. Frank Ordonez was a Sekeino Jujitsu stylist, Joe Holck was a 8th Dan in Kodokan Judo, Clarence Chang was a Sil-Lum Pai Kung Fu stylist, and of course there was me.

    CN: So how did this development process take place?

    EMPERADO: Because of the Korean War many of the military barracks and buildings around Honolulu were empty. We would use these abandoned buildings for our training so we could train everyday without distraction. We could train in one building for a while and then switch to another. You have to understand, in Hawaii there is much competition in the martial arts. Instructors would go to other dojo’s and kwoon’s to see what everybody else was doing. In fact some people would train at more than one school or have their own students on the side even though they were still students themselves. When we were developing Kajukenbo I was still training under and teaching for Professor Chow. Anyway we tried to keep our meetings as secret as possible.

    During these training sessions we would take advantage of each others areas of expertise. We worked on ground techniques, Korean style kicks, jujitsu locks and breaks, kenpo hand techniques, and circular kung fu techniques. We tried them on each other, looking for each others weaknesses. A karate or kung fu man was no good if a judo man were to take him down and choke him out. We combined our knowledge into self defense techniques that covered every situation we could think of, including multiple attackers, knife defenses, and club defenses. Two years later when we were finished we needed a name to describe our combination system. Joe Holck came up with the name Kajukenbo. KA for karate, JU for judo and jujitsu, KEN for kenpo, and BO for Chinese boxing(kung fu).

    CN: Some people have credited you as being the main creator of Kajukenbo, is that true?

    EMPERADO: All five of us created Kajukenbo and we wrote all our techniques down. Because of the Korean War the other four were called to service in 1949. It was left to me to continue the system. I’m the only one of the five who has ever taught Kajukenbo. In 1950 I founded the “Kajukenbo Self Defense Institute of Hawaii Inc.”. The first school was at the Palama Settlement in Honolulu.

    CN: Tell us about the Palama Settlement?

    EMPERADO: The Palama Settlement was a City of Honolulu recreation facility. It had several buildings that housed dance halls, gymnasiums, cafeterias etc. It was set up to serve the needs of the poor people who lived in the surrounding areas. At the time of the founding of the Palama Settlement school you could join the settlement for 10 cents a year and use all the facilities. For Kajukenbo instruction we charged the members 2 dollars a month. For this fee they trained 5 nights a week for 3 to 4 hours.

    CN: Did you have other schools also?

    EMPERADO: Yes, after I started the Palama school I added schools at the Wahiwa Y.M.C.A. and the Kaimuki Y.M.C.A.. My brother Joe taught at the Palama Settlement school while I taught at the Y.M.C.A.s. Eventually there were 14 schools, the largest chain of karate schools in Hawaii.

    CN: So you made a good living teaching the martial arts?

    EMPERADO: No, I’ve never made a living teaching karate. You see we always charged very low fees for our instruction and we taught at Y.M.C.A.s and recreation centers. At the first schools we only charged $2.00 a month. That didn’t even pay for belts and certificates. I always worked full time until I had a heart attack in 1982.

    CN: What type of work did you do?

    EMPERADO: I worked various jobs for Pan American Airlines for 10 years, and then I went into law enforcement.

    CN: You were a policeman?

    EMPERADO: Yes, in 1962 I became a harbor policeman for the Hawaii Department of Transportation. Then in 1974 Al Dacascos called me and told me that he was doing well in Colorado and that it was a good opportunity for karate instructors. So I quit and moved to Colorado. When I got there I couldn’t believe what was happening. There was fighting between a lot of the karate schools. Not just fighting, people were getting their cars blown up, their houses shot up, it was bad. Plus it was cold, not at all like Hawaii, I didn’t like it at all. I only stayed there for about a year because I knew that I only had 2 years if I wanted to be re-instated with the State of Hawaii. I returned to Hawaii and in 1976 I was re-instated with the harbor patrol. I soon transferred to the Attorney General’s Office where I served as a guard to the Governor. Then in 1977 I resigned to take a position as head of security for a large complex called the Kukui Plaza. I worked there until I had a heart attack in 1982.

    CN: You have talked about your childhood training and kenpo training with William Chow. Have you trained in other systems?

    EMPERADO: In my 30s I expanded my Escrima training with my step father Alfredo Peralta. He taught me a method using the single stick. We would take a 2X4, cut it arm length and taper down a handle at one end. We trained with this to build powerful wrists and forearms. After training with the 2X4 you could make a rattan stick go like lightning.

    CN: Was Alfredo Peralta a well known escrima man?

    EMPERADO: Oh yes. You see in the 40s and 50s they would have full contact escrima matches at the civic auditorium in Honolulu. Alfredo was beating everybody there until the gaming commission shut em down. Also, in Kauai, Alfredo fought Floro Villabrille. He won that match against Villabrille and left him with a scar above his eye.

    CN: Kajukenbo has a lot of kung fu elements, did you also train in kung fu?

    EMPERADO: Yes, in my 30s I also trained in various forms of kung fu under , Professor Wong, and Professor Lau. It was several years later that these Professors and the Hawaii Chinese Physical Culture Association awarded me the title of Professor, 10th degree. I was also awarded a certificate by Grandmaster Ho Gau of Hong Kong appointing me as an advisor and representative of the “Choy Li Fut” system. This certificate was signed by Grandmaster Ho Gau, Professor Cheuk Tse and the directors of the Hawaii Chinese Physical Culture Association.

    CN: Isn’t it true that you also received a instructors certificate from James Mitose?

    EMPERADO: Yes, I went to Mitose for instructors training and later received a instructors certificate, but I place little value in it because I later found out that Mitose sold high ranks to some people while he was in Hawaii. Also I always considered Professor Chow to be my instructor.

    CN: Mitose was a controversial figure who spent the last years of his life in prison. Can you tell us something about the Mitose you knew in Hawaii?

    EMPERADO: When Mitose taught Kenpo Jujitsu he always emphasized his religious philosophy. He dressed as a minister, carried rosary beads, and chanted like a Buddhist. He always stressed that you were never to use kenpo, even for self defense. His workout was that of traditional Japanese karate. We did makiwara training, some jujitsu takedowns and throws, and worked on developing the one punch kill. We also had one kata; the Naihanchi kata.

    CN: What did Mitose call his art and who did he learn it from?

    EMPERADO: Mitose called his art Kenpo Jujitsu. He told us that he had learned it from Choki Motobu. I never heard the term “Kosho Ryu Kenpo” until he went to prison and some other instructors visited him and got master certificates in Kosho Ryu. I also never heard from him the story about the Kosho family temple.

    CN: So Mitose was a highly peaceful and spiritual man?

    EMPERADO: Not really. You see in 1953 Professor Mitose paid a unannounced visit to my Palama Settlement school. He brought Dr. Arthur Keave and Masaichi Oshiro with him. He asked if they could demonstrate some techniques to my students. So I said ok, and Oshiro proceeded to demonstrate the Naihanchi kata. I then consented to demonstrate some of our Kajukenbo techniques. When all was done Mitose told me that me that I should call my system Kenpo Jujitsu since he considered it to be rooted in his system. I told him that I couldn’t because there were 5 creators who contributed their arts to the system. He then became enraged and threatened to come back the next day with a samurai sword and kill me. Me and some of my students waited for his return, but he never showed. The next thing I heard he had gone to California. Years later I heard that he was in prison for having a student kill an old man.

    CN: So the Kosho Ryu we see today in magazines is not the Kenpo Jujitsu you remember from Hawaii?

    EMPERADO: Like I said I had never heard of Kosho Ryu Kenpo. Mitose called it Kenpo Jujitsu and some of the Japanese said that the traditional name should be Shorinji Kempo. The instructors who got the master certificates while visiting Mitose in prison were all from different systems, and I’m sure that he didn’t teach them kenpo in prison. In fact Thomas Barro Mitose was a Kajukenbo black belt under my student, Joe Halbuna.

    CN: Speaking of Thomas Mitose, are there other people that were originally Kajukenbo black belts?

    EMPERADO: Many. The Shotokan stylist Ken Funakoshi was one of the black belts who came out of the Palama school, as was the actor Don Stroud. Funakoshi, who was a descendant of Gichin Funakoski felt that he should follow his heritage and train in Shotokan. I gave him my blessing. Paul Yamaguchi, who had come to me from Professor Chow, was the grandson of Gogen (the cat) Yamaguchi. He later chose to train in his grandfathers style of Goju Ryu. Again he had my blessings. You see I have never stopped my students from expanding their knowledge. That’s why Kajukenbo has four branches, original or kenpo, chuan fa, won hop kuen do, and tum pai. The only thing I don’t like is when instructors don’t give credit to their roots, Kajukenbo. I don’t care for instructors calling their schools “John Doe’s kenpo karate” or “Kajukenbo John Doe’s method”. There is only one Kajukenbo.

    CN: How well did you know Ed Parker?

    EMPERADO: Before he started training with Professor Chow, Ed trained with me for about 2 weeks. While he was with me he took the first 8mm movies of the Palama settlement training. I knew him for many years. At times when I was in California he would have me as his guest of honor at the Long Beach Internationals. After Ed left Hawaii he became estranged from Professor Chow. It was Ed who brought kenpo to mainland America, made it popular, and made so many contributions to the art, so in the late 60s I promoted him to 8th degree black belt.

    CN: We have all heard of the blood and guts training that went on in the old days. Were these stories true?

    EMPERADO: When I taught a class I wanted to see blood on the floor before the workout was over, so there were a lot of injuries. You see, one has to experience pain before they can give it. You have to know what your technique can do. We lost a lot of students in those early days, but we also got a lot from other schools, including black belts. These students would look at what we were doing and realize that we had a no nonsense effective system.

    CN: Who were some of these students?

    EMPERADO: Woodrow McCandless was one of Mitose’s black belts. Brother Abe Kamahoahoa, and Paul Yamaguchi were Chow’s black belts. Marino Tiwanak was the flyweight boxing champion of Hawaii before he joined us. There were many.

    CN: Who were some of the tournament stars of Kajukenbo?

    EMPERADO: Al and Malia Dacascos won many tournament championships. Al Gene Caraulia won the 1st Karate World Championship in Chicago in 1963 when he was still a brown belt. Purple belt Victor Raposa knocked out world rated Everett “monster man” Eddy at the 1975 “World Series of Martial Arts”. Carlos Bunda was the first lightweight champion at the Long Beach Internationals. Just to name a few.

    CN: So Kajukenbo has really grown since the Palama Settlement days?

    EMPERADO: Yes, there are Kajukenbo schools all over the world now.

  • Small Circle Jujitsu seminar Saturday May 13th 2017

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    The seminar is NOT at the listed school address.

    It will be at the Best Western Hotel in Washington, MO

    Best Western Plus Expo Center, Washington, MO
    HOTEL Address: 2621 E Fifth St, Washington, MO 63090
    HOTEL Phone: (636) 390-8877


    Make checks payable to

    Center of Defensive Arts
    416 East 5th Street
    Washington, MO 63090

    Required participant waiver attached.


  • Interesting insights into why kung fu isn’t successful in MMA

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    The video of Wing Chun fighter vs Kyokushin Karate guy is particularly enlightening…


    Where Are The Chinese Fighters? – Why MMA Has Not Flourished In Chinese Society (In-Depth Analysis with Videos)

    “See, now it is mumbo jumbo like that, and skinny little lizards like you thinkin’ they the last dragon that gives kung-fu a bad name.” — Sho’nuff, The Last Dragon (1985)


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    The North American Grappling Association (NAGA) is the world’s largest mixed grappling tournament circuit with over 500,000 competitors worldwide. On Saturday, June 3, 2017, NAGA is happy to announce our return to St. Louis, MO for the NAGA St. Louis Grappling Championship No-Gi & Gi tournament. Come as an individual or as a team to compete.

    Saturday, June 3, 2017

    North County Recreation Center
    2577 Redman Ave, St. Louis, MO 63136

    Link: http://www.nagafighter.com/index.php?module=eventinformationpage/564