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With Professor Dave Bendigkeit
8th Degree Black Belt
Handbook of Rank Requirements
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© 2000 by Charlie Walton
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(The notes in RED from Professor Dave Bendigkeit)
Kajukenbo is a combination of :
KArate - JUjitsu & Judo - KENpo - and Chinese BOxing
Kajukenbo was created between 1947 and 1949 at the Palama Settlement on Oahu, Hawaii. It developed out a group calling themselves the "Black Belt Society", which consisted of black belts 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.
There are five men credited as co-creators of Kajukenbo, and it is from their respective arts that Kajukenbo draws it's name:
KArate - Peter Choo - Tang Soo Do
JUdo & JUjitsu - Joe Holck - Kodenkan & Danzan Ryu (studied with Professor Sig Kufferath)
along with Frank Ordonez - Sei Keino Ryu (Ju Jitsu)
KENpo - Adriano Emperado - Kosho Ryu Kenpo - the man who continued the art and is considered the "keeper of the flame" as "Sijo" or founder
Chinese Boxing - Clarence Chang - (Chu'an Fa Kung Fu)
Chinese BOxing is now called "Kung Fu"
Kenpo emerged as the core around which this new art was built. Although uncredited by name, other influences included American Boxing (Choo was Hawaiian Welterweight Champion) and Escrima (Emperado also studied Kali and Arnis Escrima).
In the late 1940's, Palama Settlement was a community center in a violent area of Oahu where fist-fights or stabbings were commonplace. From this environment, the founders of Kajukenbo wanted to develop an art that would be readily useful on the street. As they trained and fought in and around Palama Settlement, the founders of Kajukenbo quickly gained reputations as formidable street-fighters. In 1950, Adriano Emperado, along with brother Joe Emperado, began teaching the new art in an open class. They called the school Kajukenbo Self Defense Institute (K.S.D.I.).
The emphasis during training was on realism - so much so that students routinely broke bones, fainted from exhaustion, or were knocked unconscious. Nevertheless, the reputation of this tough new art drew more students and Emperado opened a second school at the nearby Kaimuki YMCA. Soon Emperado had 12 Kajukenbo schools in Hawaii, making it the second largest string of schools at the time. John Leoning, who earned a black belt from Emperado, brought Kajukenbo to the mainland in 1958. Since that time, Kajukenbo has continued to flourish and grow.
Professor Dave Bendigkeit's Lineage
Sijo Adriano Emperado
Senior Grand Master Joe Halbuna
Grand Master Bob Maschmeier
Professor Dave Bendigkeit
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