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Grandmaster Kalaii Griffin


John Bishop:

Grandmaster Kalaii Griffin has been studying the martial arts ever since the age of eight years old.
Over five decades, Grandmaster Griffin's knowledge and enlightenment have come to encompass such disciplines as Kajukenbo Karate, Jujitsu, Vee Arnis jitsu, Goju Ryu, Aikijitsu, Kung fu, Judo, Ishin Ryu, and Tai Chi.  In these styles, he has trained under some of the most renowned teachers including Sijo Adriano D. Emperado, Professor Florendo Visitacion, Sergeant George Harris, Dr. Peter Urban, Master Woody Chan, Dr. Robert Trias, Grandmaster Edmond K. Parker, and Dr. Daniel Pai. Grandmaster Griffin has been featured in many prominent publications and has also worked with several martial arts celebrities such as Bruce Lee, Ernie Reyes Senior, and their equally famous offspring just to name a few.  In recent years, Grandmaster Griffin has been dedicating his life to the spread of Kajukenbo karate in the eastern United States as a direct disciple of Sijo Adriano D. Emperado. 
Today, Grandmaster Griffin leads a program which mainly consists of a chain of successful New England karate studios with other schools connected to him in Canada and Puerto Rico.  He also makes regular trips to various law enforcement functions around the world as a well known instructor of self defense.  Grandmaster Griffin currently teaches at his main dojo in Springfield, Massachusetts.


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