I am a returning student of Kajukenbo Tum Pai, a hybrid martial art designed for practical self-defense. Kajukenbo has been described as both the Original Mixed Martial Art and the Perfected Art of Dirty Street Fighting. I chose Kajukenbo for it’s practicality and reputation of being a no-BS, effective method of self defense, and I chose the Tum Pai branch as it incorporates softer Kung Fu elements and Tai Chi flow as well as more esoteric, internal arts.

For me, this journey is more than just training myself to beat the ever-loving shit out of an attacker. For me, this is a journey to beat the ever-loving shit out of my soul. By undertaking that which is difficult, by challenging myself to overcome pain and frustration and break through to the other side, I not only find myself, but I am able to recreate myself into the person I wish to be. I have found that I am harder on myself than anyone else ever was, not just in martial arts but in most things in my life. I am overcoming the negative talk within my head that tells me I’m too old, too slow, too lazy, too weak to do these things. I have found that the more I focus on the moment, the less I have to contend with those voices in my head. I have no time for them. They will come back, but when they do, I can acknowledge them, and then move on. I find that when I do this and then return to the moment, the voices leave of their own accord – I do not have to drive them out or drown them out or argue with them at all. It’s all about being in the moment and not indulging the self-defeating voices that urge me to live in the past or project into the future.


Kajukenbo is a hybrid martial art that combines karate, judo, jujutsu, kenpo, and chinese boxing. It was invented in 1947 in Oahu, Hawaii, at the Palama Settlements, to deal with local crime, as well as to help the people defend themselves from U.S. Navy sailors who would drink and fight with the locals. The art was devised by Sijo (“founder”) Adriano Emperado, Peter Young Yil Choo, Joe Holck, Frank Ordonez, and Clarence Chang, who called themselves the Black Belt Society.

Kajukenbo  uses hard, fast strikes to vital points all over the body, takedowns involving high impact throws and many joint and limb breaking techniques – usually as follow-ups to takedowns. There are also many blocks from attacks such as punches and defences and disarmament of offensive weapons.

The original style of Tum Pai was put together by Sijo Adriano D. Emperado, Al Dacascos and Al Dela Cruz in the early 60’s to create an advanced style for the Kajukenbo system. In the mid-60’s the developments that made up Tum Pai became incorporated into what was called Ch’uan Fa. In 1971, Jon A. Loren started incorporating the concepts of Tai-Chi and Southern Sil-lum into his Kajukenbo classes. This was called Northern Kajukenbo until 1976. In 1976, while staying with Sijo Emperado in Hawaii, he demonstrated his concepts and techniques and asked if he could call it Tum Pai and bring the name back to life. Emperado granted permission with the acknowledgement that the original Tum Pai followed a different path than the revised Tum Pai soft style. The name Tum Pai which means “central way” fits the Tai-Chi concept blended into the Kajukenbo format.

Krav Maga (Hebrew קרב מגע: “close combat”) is an eclectic self-defense and military hand-to-hand combat system developed in Israel, which emphasizes maximum threat neutralization in a “real life” context.  Krav Maga is not a sport. All techniques focus on maximum efficiency in real-life conditions. Krav Maga generally assumes a no quarter situation the attacks and defenses are intended for potentially lethal threat situations, and aim to neutralize these and escape via maximum pain or damage to opponents, as rapidly and safely as possible. Crippling attacks to vulnerable body parts, including groin and eye strikes, headbutts, and other efficient and potentially brutal attacks, improvised use of any objects available, and maximizing personal safety in a fight, are emphasized. However, it must be stressed that instructors can and do demonstrate how to moderate the techniques to fit the circumstances. While no limits are placed on techniques to be used in life-threatening situations, the legal need to inflict the appropriate minimal damage in other circumstances is recognised and stressed.


2 Responses to “About me:”

  1. Michael Spiegel said

    Reading this article mirrors my sentiments and goals. I’m trying to reach Ohana Frank Ordonez but have been unsuccessful. A link took me here. I am Sifu Michael Spiegel, pleased to read your aquaintance.

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