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ADRIANO EMPERADO: FOUNDER OF Kajukenbo

In words of professor Emperado: "We made an oath, a covenant, a commitment: for two years none of us would work. We were all unemployed. We used to train in abandoned buildings and every day we changed the site, so people do not know what we did. We got together to talk and talk about it and then we trained, trying on each other how a technique worked against a boxer, what would happen if a judoka made a specific technique and kept them on the floor....Because they have several techniques  very effective that can put you out of combat very easily, like an strangulation.". "We wrote it all, this is how the system was founded".

Thus was born what, after 1949, was called Kajukenbo. Shortly after, all the members of the Black Belt Society, excepting Emperado, were drafted because of the Korean war. Clarence Chang died there. Upon their return, the other devoted themselves to their respective arts, being Emperado the only one who continued with development and expansion of Kajukenbo. In 1950 Emperado founded in the Palama Settlement in Hololulu, the first kajukenbo school, located in Vineyard Boulevard. Its name was “Kajukenbo Self Defense Institute of Hawaii Inc.”

The Kajukenbo became in a very popular system soon and were opened up to fourteen schools in the Oahu island. When Emperado honed his knowledge of escrima, decided to incorporate it to the teaching of Kajukenbo.

Later, Emperado decides to soften a bit the system and studies some kung fu styles under the teaching of Master Ming Lum in Choy Li Fut and Hung Gar.

In 1964, Tony Ramos, Aleju Reyes, Joe Halbuna and Charles Gaylord introduce Kajukenbo in the american continent throughout California.  Since then, Kajukenbo has experienced a growth that neither Emperado had expected. Today, this system bore in a small Pacific island is practiced in places as far away as the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Spain....

Throughout the years, Master Emperado has offered his knowledge to thousands of people in self-defense through the practical application of martial arts. Also taught members of police departments, vice squads and armed forces.

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