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Sr. Grandmaster Joseph Halbuna

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Offline John Bishop

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Sr. Grandmaster Joseph Halbuna
« on: February 06, 2003, 06:58:45 AM »

The late Senior Grandmaster Joseph Halbuna.
Senior Grand Master Joseph S. Halbuna was first introduced to Kajukenbo in1955 by Sijo Adriano D. Emperado's brother, Joe Emperado, at the home of "Lucky" Lucaylucay in Honolulu, Hawaii. He started his Kajukenbo training in 1957 with Ben Mediro. Senior Grand Master Halbuna honed his art with many other martial artists, but it was Sijo Emperado who convinced him to devote his life to the martial arts.
 After receiving his black belt in 1962, he decided to move to California, where he opened a school and has remained a prominent figure in Northern California. Senior Grandmaster Halbuna held a ninth degree red belt with silver trim.
He has taught baton and riot training to the police force and has certified many police officers.
He opened martial art schools in San Francisco and Pacifica.   He also promoted many martial arts tournaments, including competitions in Hawaii and Europe. 
Senior Grand Master Halbuna also founded the Unified World Martial Arts Federation (UWMAF). Stemming from his Kajukenbo training, Senior Grand Master Halbuna retained an open mind about all styles of martial arts. "I openly accept other disciplines as good and serving a purpose", he says. "I look forward to the day that all martial artists compete and practice fellowship openly, and without animosity toward each other. I feel that I have taken significant steps toward this."
When asked how he feels about martial arts today, he commented that "martial arts in the '90's seem too commercialized to me. The techniques are watered down so that schools will not lose students. The emphasis has moved more toward running a business, rather than teaching an art. However, I do like the fact that, even through these times, there continues to be an emphasis on teaching respect toward the teachers, elders and fellow members." 
"If I can give a message to all who practice any and all martial arts, it would be to promote fellowship and encourage everyone to get to know more people in the art for the sole purpose of becoming friends. Martial artists should take care of each other, help each other and work hard toward becoming a strong family."
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Offline Luis Javier

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Re: Sr. Grandmaster Joseph Halbuna
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2014, 09:20:35 AM »
Wise words from a wise man. RIP SGM Halbuna
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