The Founders and Original Grandmasters of Kajukenbo
Sitting, then left to right.
Grandmaster / Founder Adrian Emperado 6/15/26-4/4/09
Grandmaster / Founder Peter Choo 8/21/26-6/6/97
Grandmaster / Founder Joe Hlock 1926-11/6/11
Grandmaster / Founder Frank Ordonez 2/15/27-10/30/17
Grandmaster / Founder George Clarence Change 7/12/25-1/15/03
Kajukenbo was created between 1947 and 1949 at Palama Settlement on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. It developed out a group called the "Black Belt Society", which consisted of black belts from various martial arts backgrounds who met to train and learn with each other. This was the beginning of an evolutionary, adaptive style designed to combine the most useful aspects of the arts. They opened the “Kajukenbo Self Defense Institute of Hawaii”.
The following are the contribution made by the Original Founders to Kajukenbo:
Grandmaster Peter Choo American Boxing, Tang Soo Do,
Grandmaster Joe Hlock Kodenkan, Danzan Ryu
Grandmaster Frank Ordonez Se Keino Ryu, Danzan Ryu
Grandmaster George Clarence Change Chu'an Fa Kung-Fu
Grandmaster Adrian Emperado Kosho Ryu, Kali, Arnis Escrima