Author Topic: Is Kajukenbo the original mixed martial art?  (Read 1748 times)

Offline Mitch Powell

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Is Kajukenbo the original mixed martial art?
« on: April 09, 2005, 07:56:23 PM »
Between 1947 and 1949, Adriano Emperado, Joe Holck, Peter Choo, Frank Ordonez and Clarence Chang combined their knowledge of karate, judo, jujitsu, kenpo, and boxing to create the concept of Kajukenbo-a self defense method that uses the most effective techniques from each art in an every changing manner. Karate to judo. Judo to boxing. Boxing to kenpo to jujitsu, etc. Not locked in one mold.

In the years to follow, Adriano Emperado finished the art of Kajukenbo by adding techniques, forms and establishing the standards for testing and so forth.

Is Kajukenbo the original mixed martial art? Did Emperado not only create the first American martial art, but the first MMA as well?
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Re: Is Kajukenbo the original mixed martial art?
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2005, 03:51:04 PM »
I tell my students that kajukenbo was the first American and first mixed/hybrid art.  The next being Jeet Kune Do, which is why I chose those two for my main source of studying.
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Re: Is Kajukenbo the original mixed martial art?
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2005, 10:49:11 PM »
I've never found any info to lead me to believe differently....
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