Former UFC Champion
The school patch represents various key aspects of Kajukenbo and martial arts. Most Kajukenbo schools have similar elements in their school patch and identify us all as members of the same martial arts family. Since we have non-traditional martial arts programs, such as the MMA program and the Little Dragons program, our school recognizes the distinction between programs by allowing the students in the Kajukenbo program to wear the Kajukenbo patch on their gi top on the left side (over the heart).
The various elements of the School Patch:
Black, White and Red are the basic colors of the Kajukenbo Self Defense System. Each representing the basic colors of promotion. The student advances from a white belt to a black belt and then as a teacher with added amounts of red.
The clover at the top has several representations:
- The three leaves represent mind, body and spirit. Each element must in in balance and in harmony.
- The three leaves also represent the first 3 schools of Kajukenbo: Palama, Kaimuki YMCA, and Wahiwa YMCA.
- In general, the clover in Kajukenbo also represents the founders of Kajukenbo; and in particular, Sijo Emperado.
The white color represents purity of body, mind, and spirit.
The Green Reeds, or Ti (pronounced Tee) Leaves, represent the steps toward knowledge. Green represents a young school, student or organization growing. The reeds also represent striving towards the knowledge and wisdom and the harmony of mind, body and spirit (the reeds grow toward the white clover). In addition, the reed on the right represents the Tiger and the one on the left represents the Dragon. Where the stems cross represents unison. The leaves of the reeds represent the many systems that form the martial arts, and the many steps that are taken to achieve knowlege.
Yin-Yang (in the center): Chinese symbol for TAO-ISM (the way) it represents the Universe's Balance, also coming to a personal balance and harmony. It is a symbol of equals but opposites such as male & female, attack & defense, hard & soft, etc. The dots inside represent the opposites hidden within.
Red circle (around the Yin-Yang is the continuous flow called Chi or Ki meaning Universe or Universal. The red circle also represents the Hardness and Softness in this system bound together by the continuous flow. Red Circle: Hard to Soft, Soft to Hard, Kenpo, Kung-Fu, Kenpo Karate, etc.
The golden octagon represents the eight basic directions of attack and defense that differ from Karate's basic front, back and side movements.
The five colors of the patch represent the five original founders of Kajukenbo (Choo, Holck, Ordones, Emperado and Chang) and the five basic styles that were blended to become Kajukenbo: KOREAN KARATE, KODENKAN JUDO, JU-JITSU, KENPO and CHINESE BOXING (Kung-Fu). The five colors also represent the five basic systems used in the Chinese Arts: HUNG, LI, MO, CHOY and FUT:
- HUNG - power punches
- KI - pokes and slaps
- CHOY - kicks and side punches
- FUT - sliding techniques
- NO - blocking and breaking
Use the following guide to correctly place all patches on your Gi: