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Sijo Adriano D Emperado

  • Birth 15 Jun 1926 Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
  • Death 4 Apr 2009 Wailuku, Maui County, Hawaii, USA
  • Burial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
  • Memorial ID 98141775

Sijo Adriano Emperado is one of five founders of Kajukenbo. The others were Peter Choo, Joe Holck, Frank Ordonez and Clarence Chang. They each brought black belt expertise in various disciplines to create the new martial art in 1947. They named it Kajukenbo because it combined "ka" for karate, "ju" for judo and jiu-jitsu, "ken" for kenpo, and "bo" for Chinese boxing (kung fu). By 1950, Emperado started teaching the martial art to students at Palama Gym at Kalihi, Oahu, Hawaii. Emperado is regarded as an important and legendary figure in the martial arts world. From humble beginnings in the Kalihi-Palama area, he helped spread Kajukenbo around the world.

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  • Originally Created by: Allen Kapali
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 98141775
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sijo Adriano D Emperado (15 Jun 1926–4 Apr 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 98141775, citing Nuuanu Memorial Park, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .