Created by “5 martial artists” is a North American form of combat known as Kajukenbo. This “hybrid” form of martial art is said to have originated from Hawaii located in the United States of America. Apparently, the name “Kajukenbo” is derived from the words “Ka” which means karate, “Ju” which means Judo and Jujitsu, “Ken” which means Kenpo, and “Bo” which means boxing. 

Furthermore, martial artists Peter Choo, Frank Ordonez, Joe Holck, George Chang, and Adriano Emperado were the developers of this martial art form.

History/origin of the Kajukenbo:

According to the cultural history of Hawaii, Kajukenbo was first developed in the year 1947 in the Palama settlement located in Ohau, Hawaii. Apparently, during the 1940’s the Palama settlement had become an extremely violent place to live in. And so in response to the growing violence, a group five martial artists that include Peter Choo, Frank Ordonez, Joe Holck, George Chang, and Adriano Emperado developed a martial art form called “Kajukenbo” that could be used effectively on the street.

Weapons used in the Kajukenbo:

“Hands and legs” are mainly used as a weapon by the fighter in this martial art form.

Techniques involved in the Kajukenbo and training availability:

In terms of technique, the fighter in this form of combat usually uses moves such as striking, kicking, and throwing. In addition, moves such as takedowns, joint locks, and weapon disarmament are also used. As for training centers/schools, there are few available especially in the United States of America for those interested in learning this “hybrid” martial art form.


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