Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai Salutes:





Adriano Emperado
June 16, 1926

Adriano Emperado was one of the founders of Kajukenbo, a martial art formed in 1947 in Palama, in the Kalihi area of Honolulu. The name Kajukenbo reflects the arts from which it was combined:

KA Karate Peter Choo
JU Judo
Jujitsu
Frank Ordonez
Joe Holck
KEN Kenpo Adriano Emperado
BO Chinese Boxing George Chang

The five founders of Kajukenbo were members of an organization called the Black Belt Society. Collectively, they knew other arts than those stated above, such as western boxing. From its humble roots at the Palama Settlement, Kajukenbo has spread throughout Hawaii, to the mainland, and the world.

Adriano Emperado studied Kenpo Karate under Professor William K. S. Chow (1914-1987), one of the original students of Professor James M. Mitose (1916-1981). He also studied Escrima. One of his top students was his brother, Joseph Emperado. He also taught Marino Tiwanak, founder of the CHA-3 Kenpo system, Woodrow McCandless, Walter Godin, and many other senior instructors.

A wealth of information about Kajukenbo can be found in Kajukenbo: The Original Mixed Martial Art, by John Bishop (2006), available at kajukenboinfo.com.

The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Adriano Emperado, one of the founders of Kajukenbo.


The spirit of Karate is the Aloha spirit


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