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About Us


Kids Class
This structured class is for children ages 5 to 12. Students learn how to block, strike, kick and apply these basic techniques to forms, self defense sets, and sparring. Students gain self-discipline, respect, and self-confidence through the training classes.

Teens/Adults Class
This structured class is for teens and adults ages 13 and up. Students learn how to block, strike, kick, take down, and grapple. Students apply these fundamental techniques to forms, self defense sets, weapons attacks, and multiple man attacks.

Instructor Bio

Sifu Kristin Kawahara (Tanaka)

5th Degree Black Belt

Sifu Dominic Soberano

4th Degree Black Belt

Sifu Kaleo Waiau

3rd Degree Black Belt

History of Kajukenbo

Founders of Kajukenbo

Kajukenbo was created between 1947 and 1949 at Palama Settlement on Oahu, Hawaii. 
The art developed out of a group calling themselves the "Black Belt Society", consisting of five practitioners from various martial arts backgrounds who met to train and learn with each other.  This was the beginning of an evolutionary, adaptive style designed to combine the most useful aspects of the arts. These five men are credited as co-creators of Kajukenbo, and it is from their respective arts that Kajukenbo draws its name.


Style: Tang soo Do
Peter Young Yil Choo

Style: Se Keino Ryu
Frank Ordonez

Style: Kodenkan Danzan Ryu
Joe Holck

Style: Kosho Ryu
Adriano Emperado

Chinese Boxing
Style: Chu'an Fa Kung-Fu
Clarence Chang

Kajukenbo Symbol

The Kajukenbo coat of arms was designed and given meaning by Assoc. Prof. Al Dacascos with the aid of Dr. Sun, Professor of Chinese philosophy and science. It was approved and accepted by Professor Emperado in May of 1965. In 1968 it was adopted by the Kajukenbo Association of America, headed by Charles Gaylord.

It is the most recognized emblem in the Kajukenbo system, appearing in patch or screen print form. Almost all Kajukenbo schools will either use the coat of arms, the clover leaf symbol, or both.

Kajukenbo Colors: Red Black and White

Gold Octagon: eight directions of defense and attack.

Yin/Yang : the hard and soft existing together in harmony.

Red Circle: chi and the continuous flow from hard to soft and soft to hard.

White Clover: knowledge, cleanliness of body, mind and spirit, and Sijo Emperado.

Green Reeds: students striving for knowledge.

Left Characters: "fist way."
Right Characters: "skill learned through time and practice"
The philosophical meaning behind the characters is "Through this fist style, one gains long life and happiness."

KSDI: Kajukenbo Self Defense Institute. 

Kajukenbo Prayer

Almighty and Eternal God,

protector of all who put their trust in thee

accept the humble homage of our faith and love in thee

the one true God.

Bless our efforts to preserve the integrity of the United States,

A nation founded on Christain Principles,

enlighten our rules,

guide our law makers,

protect the Sanctity of our homes 

bless our efforts in these exercises

whose sole purpose is developing our bodies

to keep others mindful of thy Commandments.

give us perseverance in our actions

that we may use this as a means to keep closer to you,

the one true God.


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