Kajukenbo was founded in 1947 at Palama Settlement on Oahu, Hawaii. It developed out of 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.
The curriculum includes self defense, street fighting, ground fighting, kata forms, and the movements that make up the foundation of the kajukenbo style. You will learn grappling, grab defenses, hand drills, and basic sparring exercises. You will learn how to defend yourself in different situations with different types of attack scenarios.
Additionally students can enroll in our Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu program that blends sport competition grappling with practical ground self defense.
Kaju AZ Kids: The primary focus of our Kids Martial Arts program is practical self defense. We don't create bullies, but our kids will NOT be bullied. We teach practical skills for situations. We work on standing techniques as well as ground fighting techniques. We also work with the student to develop their inner warrior spirit.
In Hawaiian culture, the hula is more than just dancing. Hula represents a cultural system that celebrates historical events and places, ancestral beings and cherished relations, and natural manifestations of life forces that nurture and sustain Hawaiian people. Sacredness permeates much hula, as well as much of the work associated with creating, teaching, and performing hula.
Hula Dancing offers many health benefits including increased strength, stamina and cardio performance. Plus it is FUN! Hula Dancing is for all ages, sizes and backgrounds. Kaju AZ Hula Halau is a family-friendly, wholesome and affordable Hula school.
Cardo Hula: Hana Hou ("Do it again" in Hawaiian) Cardio Hula is a 30-minute class that incorporates traditional Polynesian dance moves from the islands of Hawaii and Tahiti in combination with various aerobic & strength training strategies. This is a great way to jazz up your fitness routine while burning 600-1000 calories per workout. You can adjust these workouts to your own level of fitness. We do not learn dances in these classes nor "perform."
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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu involves your opponent's strength, force, and aggression against himself in order to defeat him. You make use of body position and leverage to defend yourself. One of the main benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is that anyone can practice BJJ no matter what age or size.
Kajukenbo Arizona's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program is a blend of self defense grappling and the PIT's MMA ground fighting along with traditional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from KORE and American Top Team.
We train in traditional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu but we keep in mind the self defense aspect of why we train in the first place, not necessarily for competition, but for self defense first.
Our standing takedowns class is also a blend of the Kajukenbo takedowns for self defense along with traditional Judo take downs and grappling/wrestling-style takedowns and takedown defense.
We believe in practicing and perfecting the basics. We concentrate on the basics of movement so that we can perfect the foundation skills that will allow the rest of the movements to come more naturally.