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SPARRING COMPETITORS
« on: July 27, 2006, 12:54:10 PM »
In your opinion, who are some of the best fighters (point sparring) in the history of Kajukenbo?

And who are some of the best fighters (point sparring) in Kajukenbo today?

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Re: SPARRING COMPETITORS
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2006, 02:06:01 PM »
These are the best that I have seen:
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Woody Sims  KSDI Vallejo
Shon Adams BITW
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Re: SPARRING COMPETITORS
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2006, 02:44:52 PM »
There exist so many "point fighters".. we need to break them down by years.. I remember growing up in Northern California these fighters

70's-80's
Bill Owens
Lionel Seals
Basilio Pallen (vs Benny the Jet- John Natividad- great battles)
Phil Cornin-(vs Any heavyweight)
Chris Rapacon Sr.(vs Smiley Uquirez and Chicken Gabriel)
Hank Taylor(vs any heavyweight)
John Crossley(vs any heavyweight)
Benny the Jet- ( yes he has lineage to Kaju)

Young Guns:
Conrad Ramos
Bobby Wilson
Jerry Corpus
Arnel Canja
Eugene Canja
Woody Sims
Troy "Too Cool" Whaley
Eddie Solis
Lenny Beliso Jr.

Women:
Mary Owens (vs Anyone)
Mary Wilson (vs Anyone)
Arnesa Ramos (vs BKF at the Long Beach tournaments)
Jannette Corpus (vs Robin Rowe were epic!)
Carmi Umipig

..then you had the kaju born kids like Joe Bautista, the Pallen Brothers or those Dan "bam bam" stell, LA and Satch Williams- Tony Yadao of the 80's- 90's...
Heck, TC still competing- you have to include the army of the Crazy Dragons, Sigung Brian Yoshi and the Brinkerhoff Brothers, the strength of BITW and KINGI's from LA.. then Lionel Seal's Team- AND now imagine we are all from the same KAJU OHANA under Sijo!!!-

but the  Nor Cal 70's-80's fighters... CLASSIC!!!!
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Re: SPARRING COMPETITORS
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2006, 02:53:59 PM »
I missed getting to watch the sparring in Las Vegas during Sijo's tournament; too busy helping with
refereeing and judging in another ring. I have seen some of the video, but missed it first-hand. Looks like there a lot of good point sparring artists out there!  In Hawaii, the one's who have really impressed me over the last several years are Sterling Halmas, Ken Firestone, Ray Desmit, Ken Proctor; just to name a few. Before them, it was Louis Banuelos.

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Re: SPARRING COMPETITORS
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2006, 03:58:17 PM »
I think I need to correct my last reply. I don't think Ken (Firestone) comes under Kajukenbo. He is just part of our extended Kajukenbo Ohana here, and he comes to most of our tournaments and kicks everybody's okole in sparring. Aloha.  ;)

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Re: SPARRING COMPETITORS
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2006, 04:06:33 PM »
Sifu Nick,

If I remember correctly, Mr. Firestone comes from Tang Soo Do.  I believe he talked about it a few years ago when some of us were sitting around at a BBQ in Maui at Seaside.  Then again, I could be way off.  Hope I'm on the right track.... :o
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Re: SPARRING COMPETITORS
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2006, 04:22:57 PM »
Thanks Brandi. You are correct. 

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Re: SPARRING COMPETITORS
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2006, 11:21:02 AM »
I just remember as a kid, watching the battles in the black belt divisions at all of the Kajukenbo tournaments.  There was a lot of So. Cal vs Nor. Cal rivalries.  I still remember watching my brother, Ron Kingi and my cousin Danei Gordon in the black belt divisons.  I used to love watching the BB sparring divisions back then.  It was always exciting watching them fight the likes of Satch and Jordan Pallen and all those guys out there.  It was inspiring.....now I'm out there with some of the new young guns and its just great to see it continue to evolve.  Young guys now like Anthony (from Yadao's...I think its Anthony) and Deandre from BITW.  It was a great division at the Vegas tourney a few weeks ago.  Good comp and a lotta fun! 8)
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Re: SPARRING COMPETITORS
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2006, 12:46:15 PM »
I have to add GM Al Dacascos to the list.  One of the top 10 fighters in the World in the 70s.  Also was instructor to a lot of the top fighters in the late 70s-80s.
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Re: SPARRING COMPETITORS
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2006, 11:16:46 PM »
Robert,
I would have to say Shon Adams(1990 Diamond Natl ring winner), Satch, Woody Sims ( NBL world champ),
Ritchie Barfield(1st Kaju guy selected to team Paul Mitchell) lionel Seals, Tommy Gilbert, Mary Stark-Owens(classic battles w/ Linda Dentley) and the list goes on and on.



p.s. all of the guys i had stated did it on the biggest venues in our sport.

As far as the new school i see alot of talent coming out of so-cal (Kingi's, Youngs, etc)

THE THING THAT HELPED ME THE MOST WAS BEING EXPOSED TO PEOPLE LIKE WOODY,SATCH,SHON ,AND LIONEL SEALS.THEY BROKE DOWN THE FIGHT GAME TO ME AND TAUGHT ME A LOT ABOUT WHAT IT MEANT TO BE A THINKER. THE NEXT GENERATION NEEDS TO USE THEIR kAJU RESOURCES TO IMPROVE THEIR SKILLS AND KEEP KAJU #1 ON THE NATL AND INTERNATIONAL CIRCUITS.

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Re: SPARRING COMPETITORS
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2006, 12:54:57 AM »
Percy Titsworth "Black Dragon"---in or out of the ring...
Richard Barefield---turning speed and power into winning weapons...
Anthony Difeo "Stallion"---accurate hand placement and explosive speed...
Tammy Whelan Serrada---defeated all the previously named women and won a world championship title...
Donald Hubman "Crazy Legs"---best legs period...
Doug Jones---savvy ring awareness and gentleman warrior...
Marcus Foster---master of the california blitz...
Anthony Williams "Satch"---amicable outside ring and vigorously intense inside ring

These are some of my most obvious selections from the past..
(I purposely ignored Epo Bobby and Woody because we trained together and I am admittingly biased towads these my family)
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Re: SPARRING COMPETITORS
« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2006, 02:51:53 PM »
Robert,
I would have to say Shon Adams(1990 Diamond Natl ring winner), Satch, Woody Sims ( NBL world champ),
Ritchie Barfield(1st Kaju guy selected to team Paul Mitchell) lionel Seals, Tommy Gilbert, Mary Stark-Owens(classic battles w/ Linda Dentley) and the list goes on and on.



p.s. all of the guys i had stated did it on the biggest venues in our sport.

As far as the new school i see alot of talent coming out of so-cal (Kingi's, Youngs, etc)

THE THING THAT HELPED ME THE MOST WAS BEING EXPOSED TO PEOPLE LIKE WOODY,SATCH,SHON ,AND LIONEL SEALS.THEY BROKE DOWN THE FIGHT GAME TO ME AND TAUGHT ME A LOT ABOUT WHAT IT MEANT TO BE A THINKER. THE NEXT GENERATION NEEDS TO USE THEIR kAJU RESOURCES TO IMPROVE THEIR SKILLS AND KEEP KAJU #1 ON THE NATL AND INTERNATIONAL CIRCUITS.

Ah!  Ritchie Barfield...I was just a young buck back in them days!  But you are right...it helps to have the fights game broke down by some of the more seasoned vets out there.  I always have an ear open to learn...never stop!  But I am on a training hype at this point...I havent been on the circuit seriously, really since 2004 when I was doing WSKF.  But I am going to hit the NBL circuit and hopefully try to get picked up by the end of the year for the 07' season.  So anyone looking to train...I'm ready to go! 
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Re: SPARRING COMPETITORS
« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2006, 09:59:10 AM »
Robert,
It sounds like you are ready to keep the legacy going!

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Re: SPARRING COMPETITORS
« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2006, 01:37:59 PM »
I did alot of sparring with Sigung Brian Yoshii and also with Chris and Pat Brinkerhoff........Goodtimes, the brothers are in Arizona now, Chris trains fighters...
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Re: SPARRING COMPETITORS
« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2007, 07:55:25 PM »
I'm biased since I train with the man, and grew up with the other.

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