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Teaching Kosho-Ryu and Kajukenbo in San Diego

Kosho - Ryu Kenpo and Kajukenbo are the perfect for children or adults. Because it teaches students the disciple and focus of traditional martial art and its techniques are highly effective for street self-defense.


Kosho-Ryu remains one of the oldest family martial arts practiced today. This family art has been taught and passed down through twenty-three generations of my ancestors.


Kosho-Ryu is a highly effective means of self-defense and is easily learned by children and adults. Kosho Ryu Kenpo is the component of the Kenpo arts and is the name used Kosho_logo_James_Martial_Arts_Academy_El_Cajonfor the physical techniques that taught for self-defense. Kosho-Ryu was first taught openly to people of all races when James Mitose decided to open a self-defense school in Hawaii when World War II started.  The second component of Kenpo is called Kosho-Shorei Kenpo, which contains the psychology and philosophy of Kenpo. In general is does not involve the physical contact of self-defense techniques. The overarching principal of this art is that although it is the most effective means of self-defense it is not just a fighting art, Kenpo is a way of life.


The meaning of Kosho-Ryu –English translation is “Old Pine Style of Fist Law” (Ko means Old, Sho means Pine, and Ryu means style or school and up until 1947 the art was known as Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu.


This is the main reason the art is so effective because it incorporates the fast hands and powerful kick of Kenpo (Kenpo means Law of the Fist or simply Fist Law) and the joint and skeletal manipulation of Jiu-Jitsu.


The founders of Kosho-Ryu developed a complete art form and Kosho-Ryu has been taught to elite groups such as the U.S. Navy SEALS, Army Special Forces, CIA, FBI and law enforcement due to its effectiveness with single or multiple attackers of any size.


Kajukenbo- “KA” for Karate and Tang Soo Do Korean Karate, “JU” for Judo and Jujutsu, “KEN” for Kenpo and “BO” for Western and Chinese Boxing (Kung Fu). The five founders of Kajukenbo are Adriano Directo Emperado — Kenpo (Kosho Ryu) and kaju_logo_logo_James_Martial_Arts_Academy_El_CajonEskrima, Joseph Holck — Judo and Danzan Ryu Jujutsu, Peter Young Yil Choo — Tang Soo Do Korean Karate and Kajukenbo-crest Boxing, Frank F. Ordonez — Danzan Ryu Jujutsu and Clarence Chang — Sil-Lum Pai Kung Fu.


Kajukenbo was founded in 1947 in the Palama Settlement in Hawaii (ghetto). Kajukenbo was designed specifically to be highly effective in the street defense situation against knife attack, gun attack, club attack and multiple attackers.

The art continues to develop with each generation and its main focus is on realism and practicality. It is generally known a Kajukenbo practitioner will use moves, such as strikes to the groin and eyes are encouraged and anything else the practitioner feels is necessary to get home safely.


Our training workouts stress cardio conditioning and functional strength. Schools vary in the equipment used, but most will have heavy bags and boxing gloves.


There are fundamental self-defense techniques at the soul of Kajukenbo schools which avoid unrealistic moves. Kajukenbo courses feature counter-attacks to kicks, grabs, punches as well as using knives, sticks and guns to counter back.


You will find the foundation of common knowledge passed down from the founders in each school; you will discover variations
in the forms and techniques. At our school, we kept to the original forms and techniques taught to my instructor Grand Master
Tony Bowles by the founder. However, we also incorporate best practices we have learned from real life altercations.


Unlike many traditional martial art schools that solely concentrate on kata, the James Martial Arts Academy focuses on self-defense movements because protecting oneself in a street-fighting situation is essential. At our school, we focus on teaching the
13 katas also known as Palama, “Palama” translates into the dance of death.


We practice this moves daily towards the end of class to help the students refine their timing, Chi, balance, focus and mental discipline. Plus every move in the form “kata” has a self-defense application to it.

Today most self-defense systems are compared to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). The statement below speaks volumes- Read below:




Black Belt Magazine May 1994 When it comes to fighting multiple attackers. Gracie says “I once fought four guys, if they had all attacked me at the same time, it would have been a different story”.


Kajukenbo’s strengths lie in the fact the system was designed for modern street self-defense, and that it utilizes techniques from five different martial arts.


By combining these systems, the Kajukenbo style has the ability to fight equally as well whether he is on his feet, on the ground, or facing multiple attackers.” So who does Kajukenbo and Kosho-Ryu?

  • Chuck Liddell
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James Martial Arts Academy: Teaching Kosho-Ryu and Kajukenbo Self-Defense in San Diego

Martial Arts and Self-Defense

2356 Fletcher Parkway,
El Cajon,CA,
United States of America

James Martial Arts Academy