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  1. John Bishop

    Red top with black pants

    The color really don't mean a thing unless a particular Kajukenbo org. or school has set a dress code. The traditional Kajukenbo gi is plain black. But some schools choose to wear different combinations of the Kajukenbo colors ( red, white, and black.).
  2. John Bishop

    Need School Suggestions

    I don't know them personally, but these instructors have good reputations in the Bay area. From Castro's Shaolin Kenpo: Carlos Navarro http://navarrosmartialartsacademy.com/ Bill Grossman http://www.grossmanskenpo.com/ Ralph Castro http://www.shaolinkenpo.com/ John Nash...
  3. John Bishop

    Need School Suggestions

    Are you talking about Vallari style Shaolin Kempo, or Ralph Castro's Shaolin Kenpo? If your looking for Castro schools, there's plenty in the Bay area with top notch instructors, since that is where their based. Vallari/Mattera schools are mostly in So. Calif.
  4. John Bishop

    Kajukenbo Material

    GM Mitch Powell and GM Joe Davis produced a DVD several years ago on all 26 alphabets techniques. If anyone is interested in purchasing one, they can contact Mitch at: mitchelldeanpowell@att.net
  5. John Bishop

    Kajukenbo Material

    I may not be understanding what your referring to. If you mean different degrees of black belt, then yes we have 10 degrees of black belt like most systems.
  6. John Bishop

    Early Hollywood Kajukenbo

    Found this clip recently. Fight scene between Robert Conrad (John Leoning student), and Don Stroud (Sijo Emperado black belt). They actually had a earlier fight scene on Conrad's show "Wild Wild West", but I haven't been able to find any video of it...
  7. John Bishop

    Kiyojute Ryu Kempo: Art Designed by God?

    To some people, lineage is everything. They list big name instructors on their resumes and websites, even though they really only had a few seminar hours training with them. So if your instructor was Jesus Christ, they'd be no way for any other instructor to top that. And of course Jesus...
  8. John Bishop

    Kajukenbo Material

    Basically, the style founders would be: "Original" Emperado-Holck,-Choo-Ordonez-Chang, "Chuan Fa" Al Dacascos, Al DelaCruz, "Wun Hop Kuen Do" Al Dacascos, and "Tum Pai" Jon Loren. Other then the five "original" founders, none of them held a Kajukenbo rank of 10th degree. Tony Ramos and...
  9. John Bishop

    Kajukenbo Material

    Originally, Sijo's purpose was to continue evolving Kajukenbo farther away from strict traditional Japanese/Okinawan kenpo. His interest was drawn to the Chinese arts because they contained many variations that could be expanded on. There was never meant to be styles/branches, just a evolution...
  10. John Bishop

    Kajukenbo Material

    Kajukenbo is the "system", like karate and kung fu are systems. Within the Kajukenbo system, Sijo Emperado recognized 4 "styles", and only 4 styles. "Methods" are sub-styles or variations from a particular style. There are many. Some are major, with 1000's of practitioners like the...
  11. John Bishop

    Kajukenbo Material

    It varies in the different branches and methods. Also with the different instructors. People who adhere to the requirements in the "Original Method" will do all the curriculum requirements (14 katas, 21 punch counters, 15 grab arts, 13 club counters, 15 knife counters, 6 two man defenses, 3...
  12. John Bishop

    Kenpo Syllabus?

    In Kajukenbo, we require the students to keep a permanent notebook. They are required to write down the techniques they have learned, and keep notes and handouts in the notebook. Normally, the notebooks are turned in to the instructor for review before testing, and returned after the test. The...
  13. John Bishop

    Kajukenbo schools with the advertisement "MMA?"

    There are several schools in San Diego County. Depends on what part of San Diego your in. Here's a few good instructors I know pretty well. Kajukenbo International Chief Instructor: Sifu Phil Dang 5th degree/Sifu Remy Dang 5th degree...
  14. John Bishop

    Kajukenbo schools with the advertisement "MMA?"

    Most of Kajukenbo has always been taught as a MMA. But it depends on your definition. Kajukenbo is primarily a "self defense" oriented MMA, blending the martial arts in the system so the practitioner is better able to fight in all ranges. Many Kajukenbo schools also train for sport MMA, and...
  15. John Bishop

    Video of the Alphabet Techs A - Z

    The "Emperado's Advanced Alphabet Techniques" are taught starting at the green belt level in the "Original Method". And there are different versions that were not created by Sijo Emperado. The first 8 alphabets are shown in the "WKO" Kajukenbo 8 dvd set that was produced by Sijo Emperado and...
  16. John Bishop

    New Kajukenbo School - Anyone know the Sifu's lineage?

    I find the majority of people who object to answering questions about their training and experience, are the one's who have something to hide.
  17. John Bishop

    New Kajukenbo School - Anyone know the Sifu's lineage?

    From what I've been told about the gentleman, he is a high ranking kung fu stylist that Prof. Greg Lagera brought into his Kajukenbo organization (Crazy Dragons Kajukenbo), to add to their kung fu knowledge. I don't know what rank he was given in Kajukenbo, or the extent of his Kajukenbo...
  18. John Bishop

    How Pure Are The Arts?

    That KSDI tournament was at the same place Emil Bautista always hosts events, St Patricks High School in Vallejo. Vallejo's over 400 miles from my home, so I usually fly into Oakland, and drive into Vallejo from there. I'm not familiar with the bay area, since I've only been there for...
  19. John Bishop

    How Pure Are The Arts?

    Better tell Uncle Frank his certificate is a forgery. I've never heard of or been to anywhere named "Benicia". And I'm sure if I had met one of the founders sons, I would remember it. Only one's I've met are Vinson Holck, Alvin Emperado, and Clarence Emperado Luna.
  20. John Bishop

    How Pure Are The Arts?

    No, but thanks for the offer. I've had the one in the picture since 1997. That might be a clue to it's sentimental value to us in Kajukenbo.
  21. John Bishop

    How Pure Are The Arts?

    I don't know. One theory is he learned in Kona, where he was born and Mutsu's family lived. Could have easily picked it up in Japan. I wouldn't be surprised if he learned from a book. He only knew 1 kata, which was also the one illustrated in Motobu's book. And he only had to know enough to...
  22. John Bishop

    How Pure Are The Arts?

    No, the answer is I believe what Uncle Frank wrote about Chang, and what Sijo told me. When Reyes, Leoning, Gaylord, and Ramos were training in the 50's, nobody teaching had any kung fu experience. That's Sijo, Joe Emperado, Woodrow McCandless, Marino Tiwanak, Benny Mediro, Pauly Soronio...
  23. John Bishop

    How Pure Are The Arts?

    Well, that's another topic that comes up quite often. My personal opinion (which I can't prove, but others can't disprove) is that Mitose either learned some Okinawan Karate or learned it from books available at the time. There's no question that he plagiarized two Okinawan Kempo books, when...
  24. John Bishop

    How Pure Are The Arts?

    OK. It just lends some credibility to a persons claims if they are known to be a person who should be in the know. Anyone could go on a forum anonymously and say anything. They could say they were James Mitose's illigetimate child (which suppossedly there are some) and know all his history...
  25. John Bishop

    How Pure Are The Arts?

    Well, we don't know who you are, or your background. Most of the people who have been in Kajukenbo for a while know who I am. Many of the kenpo people too. For over 20 years my research has been used in magazines, books (mine and other authors), websites, and forums. Including this one, that...
  26. John Bishop

    How Pure Are The Arts?

    I have no clue. You've never really (at least in this thread) identified yourself, or produced any evidence to back up the information your presenting. I never really worried about it. From what I was told by Sijo and some of the seniors, Ordonez didn't really communicate with any of them...
  27. John Bishop

    How Pure Are The Arts?

    I don't know who you are, and how much you actually know about Kajukenbo, other then you claimed to have been Peter Choo III's friend in the 80's. From what I've read of yours, you seem to have some facts, and possibly filled in some blanks with your own conjecture. Are you a Kajukenbo...
  28. John Bishop

    How Pure Are The Arts?

    Marino Tiwanak broke away and started "CHA-3 Kenpo". Sid Asuncion went his own way with "Kenkabo". Some of their students later realigned themselves with Emperado and Kajukenbo, and that's where most of the Kajukenbo in Hawaii comes from. Godin was in and out with Kajukenbo during his life...
  29. John Bishop

    How Pure Are The Arts?

    I wrote to him several times in the 80's early 90's (pre-internet), but he never returned any of my letters. I don't really know how much of a historian he could be, since he was not actively involved in Kajukenbo from around 1958 to the 90's. He may have visited people or communicated with...
  30. John Bishop

    How Pure Are The Arts?

    I agree with probably 80% of what you have written. Over the last 60+ years there have been a number of inaccuracies concerning the history of Kajukenbo that have been handed down from generation to generation. As stories get told over and over, some things get changed, exaggerated, left out...
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