Kajukenbo was founded in 1947 at Palamas 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 word Kajukenbo is derived from the letters of the styles that contributed to the creation of the art. Together they make up the Kajukenbo motto: "Through this fist style one gains long life and happiness."
Kajukenbo Arizona introduces students to all that Kajukenbo has to offer. The curriculum includes self defense, street fighting, kata forms, and the movements that make up the foundation of the style. You will learn grappling, grab defenses, hand drills and basic sparring exercises. Kajukenbo uses what works and discards the rest. This is why Kajukenbo can offer such diverse material to people with differing abilities. Kajukenbo Arizona's ultimate goal is to help martial artists become well-rounded individuals. Traditional Kaju students gain real self-defense skills, resolve their fears and gain self-esteem.
We train to be warriors - while at the same time we show respect and humility to every person we meet.
2nd Row: Unk, Ken Funakoshi, unk, Henry Mandac
1st row: Manuel Patino, Tony Ramos, Algene Cauralia
In the late 1940's, Palamas Settlement was a violent area and fistfights 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 Palamas 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 the Kajukenbo Self Defense Institute (K.S.D.I.).
Kenpo emerged as the core around which this new art was built. Kenpo-Karate is a combination of two very devastating self-defense forms. Kenpo means "Law of the fist" and Karate means "Empty hands." Both forms develop the use of hands, elbows, legs, eyes, ears and alertness in Spirit, Mind and Body.
The true origin of Kenpo is obscure but credit has been given to Daruma the 28th Buddha from India, who immigrated to China about 525 AD. Because of the geographic locations of India, China Korea, Okinawa and Japan the interchanging of ideas and principles was tremendous.
Sijo Emperado realized that Americans fight differently than the Asians and as a result many of the old techniques were revised. He successfully combined modern Kenpo (Hard Style) with elements of other martial arts to form Kajukenbo style between the years 1947 and 1949.
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7th Degree Black Belt in Kajukenbo
Sigung Kelly Corder realized a childhood ambition and began training in 1993. He was naturally drawn to Kenpo Karate self-defense. He orginally trained in American Kenpo until his instructor moved, then found Grandmaster George Lim. He received his basic training in Hawaiian Kenpo Karate under the Grandmaster George Lim, who received his black belt from Marino Tiwanak of CHA-3 Kenpo. Grandmaster Lim was also influenced by Grandmaster Allen Abad and was promoted to 8th Degree by Sijo Emperado.
Sigung Kelly added to his martial arts knowlege by training under Sal Banuelos in the Kajukenbo system and was promoted to 2nd Degree Kajukenbo Black Belt by Professor Sal Banuelos, under the lineage of Ahgung Tony Ramos. Professor Banuelos was promoted to 8th Degree by Grandmaster Gary Forbach in 2007.
Sigung Kelly was honored to receive a 5th Degree Promotion by the late Grandmaster Allen Abad in February of 2009 in Kenpo / Kajukenbo. Allen Abad was a mentor to Kelly and visited the Kaju AZ Mesa school during the evening to watch Kajukenbo. Sigung Kelly was honored to be one of Grandmaster "Shi-Zu" Allen Abad's last promotions before he passed away in April, 2009.
Sigung hand been affiliated with the Pit under John Hackleman since 2007. Sigung enjoys travelling to San Luis Obispo in California and training at the Pit Headquarters and meeting and working with MMA celebrities like Chuck Liddell, Glover Teixeira, Court McGee and others. In 2012, Sigung received a PIT Black Belt under Kumu John Hackleman. He regularly attends instruction and training with Kumu who is founder of the Hawaiian Kempo System and a black belt under the late Walter Godin.
Sigung Kelly currently trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is affiliated with Master Luigi Mondelli of Kore Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Martial Arts holding the rank of blue belt. He won a Gold Medal in his age and weight division at the Pan Nationals Tournament in 2010.
Sigung Kelly has been honored to have spent time with Sijo Emperado numerous times prior to Sijo's death in 2009. It was an honor to be able to uki for Grandmaster George Lim in front of Sijo in 1999. In 2008 Sigung and his family traveled to Maui to visit Sijo. That trip was very important and memorable to Sigung and fueled his desire to honor Sijo in the best way possible.
Sigung Kelly's training philosophy is simple: always give more than you get. To Sigung, training is a lifelong pursuit and he is always working to improve his skills. He was honored to be inducted in the Kenpo Hall of Fame in August 2011 at Tracy's Gathering of Eagles.
Sigung Kelly is also involved with the Boy Scouts of America and enjoys traveling, rappelling, rock climbing and spending time with his wife and two sons, who also train in Kajukenbo. He recently completed a "Tough Mudder" competition with the Kaju AZ Ohana Team.
Sigung Kelly Corder loves sharing his passion for Kajukenbo, Hawaiian Kenpo Karate and martial arts. He regularly has the pleasure and honor of attending and teaching with Grandmaster Lim at various seminars throughout the United States and Europe.
Sigung Kelly regularly teaches Self-Defense seminars at Kaju AZ, schools, scout and church groups. This is a realization of his mission to help our communities stay safe.
Teaching accomplishments include:
December 2012, Lisbon, Portugal: Professor Nuno Nunes' Annual Kenpo Seminar June 2012, San Diego, CA: Lim's Malama Ohana Celebration December 2011, Brussels, Belgium: Grandmaster Daniel Hayen's Seminar August 2011, Las Vegas, NV: Tracy's Gathering of Eagles October 2010, Lisbon, Portugal: Professor Nuno Nunes' Annual Kenpo Seminar March 2010, Mesa, AZ: Na Hoku Event July 2009, Las Vegas, NV: KSDI Seminars June 2009, Chicago, IL: Tracy's Gathering of Eagles March 2009, Mexico: Ohana Cruise August 2007, Flagstaff, AZ: Ohana Camp
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