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The Influence of Jujitsu and Judo on the Early Development of Kajukenbo Part 6

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The Influence of Jujitsu and Judo on the Early Development of Kajukenbo
By Mitch Powell (Part 6)

THE CONCLUSION OF KAJUKENBO’S COLLABORATION PERIOD

According to Emperado, by the conclusion of the collaboration period the founders had created techniques of their own (Bishop, 2008B). Unfortunately, there are no public records describing the techniques created, the number of techniques, or which ones were carried on into the completion of the Kajukenbo system during the 1950s under Emperado’s direction. What is known, according to Emperado, is the techniques created were unlike any seen before and must have been very impressive. So much so, Chow asked Emperado to say the techniques came from him, but Emperado declined telling Chow he could not say that because Holck, Ordonez, Choo, and Chang all assisted him in the creation of the techniques (Bishop, 2008B). In a related story, Emperado said when he began teaching at the Palama Settlement gym in 1950, Woodrow McCandless, a black belt under Mitose who was training down the street under Chow at the time, watched a class and after seeing the techniques Emperado taught asked Emperado if he could join Emperado’s class, volunteering to give up his black belt and start over as a white belt just to train with Emperado and learn the new techniques (Bishop, 2008A). Lastly, Emperado went on to say when he demonstrated the techniques to Chow and Mitose their minds were blown (Bishop, 2008D).

Had the Kajukenbo founders created another batch of kenpo-karate techniques or grappling techniques, I do not believe the responses by Mitose, Chow, and McCandless would have been the same. By combining their overall knowledge of grappling, the striking arts, their military experiences, and life experiences the founders created something very different. It was not karate. It was not jujitsu or judo or kenpo or boxing or kung fu. It was its own art or at least techniques that would later become the art of Kajukenbo. Time was still needed to complete the overall development of Kajukenbo and create the final product, but its core foundation had been established during the collaboration period by the founders when they developed the concept of how to blend the striking and grappling arts of karate, jujitsu, judo, kenpo, and boxing (American and Chinese) into an effective method of self defense.

Although we do not know the exact extent that jujitsu or judo played within the development of the techniques created by the founders during the collaboration period, we at least know where the influences of jujitsu and judo came from and the names of those individuals who handed that knowledge down over time.

About the Author:
Mitch Powell is a Kajukenbo Grand Master, who holds the rank of 9th degree red/silver belt. He is a retired sergeant with the Oakland Police Department in Oakland, California, and holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from Fort Hays State University in Kansas.

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References Continued on part 7...
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