History of the Universal Kempo Karate Schools Association“Standards of Excellence”





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MARTIN T. AND SHEILA M. BUELL  
Universal Kempo-Karate Schools Association  
HEADQUARTERS   
98-713 Kuahao Street  
universalkempo@hawaii.rr.com  
Phone: 808-487-2686  
Fax: 808-488-8363  





History of the Universal Kempo Karate Schools Association
“Standards of Excellence”



Professor Martin T. Buell, founder of Universal Kempo Karate
Professor Martin T. Buell, founder of Universal Kempo Karate



The Evolution in Hawaii
The evolution of Kempo Karate continued until the first Kenpo style self-defense school under Professor James Mitose opened in Hawaii in 1942. Since that time, Kenpo and Kempo style schools have multiplied as instructors, students, and their generations of students have opened schools of their own.

Many prominent instructors were involved in the development of the Kenpo and Kempo systems; and many are actively promoting the art today. Only those professors and instructors, which had a direct influence on the Universal Kempo Karate Schools Association family history, will be addressed.

Professor James Mitose brought the Kosho-Ryu Kenpo (Old Pine Tree Style) to Hawaii during the formation of the Official Self-Defense Club in Hawaii in 1942. The Kenpo influence was blended with jujitsu, and the system was divided into the physical and spiritual arts. Kenpo techniques were improved through the influence and exchange of ideas among Professor Mitose, Grandmaster William Kwai-Sun Chow, and Professor Thomas Young. Eventually, Professor Chow left the self-defense club to develop the Kara Ho System.

Professor William “Thunderbolt” Chow developed the Kara-ho Kenpo System and continued to develop Chinese Kenpo over the years. Professor Chow trained many prominent martial artists including Professor Adriano Emperado, and the world famous Edmund Parker.

Professor Adriano D. Emperado is given credit for founding the Kajukenbo Self-Defense System in Hawaii, between 1947 and 1949. Kajukenbo was developed through the influence of five martial arts experts during this period to create the ultimate street fighting art. The co-founders of the system were Walter P.Y.Y. Choo (Tang Soo Do), Frank Ordonez (Jujitsu), Joseph Holek (Judo), and Clarence Chang (Chinese boxing). The original Kajukenbo was a blend of Korean Karate (KA), Japanese Judo and Jujitsu (JU), Kenpo (KEN), and Chinese boxing (BO). The Universal Kempo Karate prayer that instructors and students say today was devised by Frank Ordonez, which reflects the traditions maintained by Professor Buell.

Professor Emperado trained many prominent martial artists.













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