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Sifu (Instructor) George Briones began studying the art of Kajukenbo from Sigung (Instructor of Instructors) Tony Kattengell in 1986. This evolutionary and adaptive style of martial arts was developed in Hawaii as a method of self-defense on the tough streets of the Palamas Settlement on Oahu in the late 1940's. Rather than follow the path of a single discipline, Kajukenbo, whose name is a amalgamation of five martial arts was designed by a group of experts who called themselves the "Black Belt Society." The name, Kajukenbo, comes from KA (Long Life: Karate); JU (Happiness: Judo, Jujisu); KEN (Fist: Kenpo); BO (Style: Chinese Boxing/Kung Fu). Other influences including American Boxing and Escrima were also instrumental in the development of this martial art.

Although several styles of Kajukenbo have evolved, Sifu Briones has followed the traditional "Emperado" or "Old Style" school, based on the core discipline of Kenpo and its representative in the Black Belt Society, Adriano Emperado. The original school, called Kajukenbo Self Defense Institute (KSDI) was based on realism and is the tradition followed at Briones Kajukenbo. Students are not required to mimic an instructor, rather develop their own expression of the art.

Sifu Briones says that Kajukenbo "is an art that emphasizes self-defense. It incorporates kicking, locking and throwing techniques, graceful Kung Fu, hand movements and combat methods of Kenpo. Putting it all together creates the most rounded martial art that I have seen." The goal of Kajukenbo is to find the "Warrior Spirit" within, allowing practitioners to develop discipline, self-respect, focus and confidence. Sifu Briones says that a student of Kajukenbo will realize that there are no personal obstacles in life that cannot be overcome.

Kajukenbo is open to all ages. Sifu Briones says he has students from age 3 and up. He comments, "The techniques are so diverse that it doesn't limit itself to one type of person. Kajukenbo requires an open mind and use of a technique that will work in a given situation. We can work around physical limitations since there are many moves and styles." Just as Kajukenbo is adaptive to all situations, Sifu Briones is developing classes for many different groups - teens, disabled, women and mixed groups. Anyone interested in finding out more is invited to call for an appointment or come by the Do Jo to see what it's all about. Sifu Briones or Marian Briones (who also designed and maintains the and website with her business 1 Stop Web Solutions) will be happy to provide additional information.

Briones Kajukenbo
Sifu George Briones
4097 Peralta Blvd., Fremont
(510) 794-8252

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