4 Winds Martial Arts

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About Us

Kajukenbo Tum Pai is an eclectic blend of many Martial Arts due to the fact that the "Founding Fathers" of Kajukenbo all had different martial art backgrounds. In 1948, these Masters made a secret pact to collaborate and create a new art that would combine the most effective street applications and principles from all of their collective arts. They called themselves the Black Belt Society. Because of this blending of different martial arts, Kajukenbo is often referred to as the original Mixed Martial Art.

The word "Kajukenbo" is derived from the letters of the combined styles that make up this eclectic art. Together they make up the Kajukenbo motto: Through this fist way one gains long life and happiness.

  • KA (long life) comes from the word Karate, an art form that places the emphasis on hard and powerful techniques. The Karate influence was from Tang Soo Do - an empty handed, traditional Korean martial art brought by Peter Young Yil Choo.
  • JU (happiness) comes from both Judo and Jujitsu, Japanese martial arts consisting primarily of grappling techniques, throwing, locks, and sweeps. The Judo and Jujitsu influence was from Kodenkan Danzan Ryu brought by Joe Holck and Se Keino Ryu brought by Frank Ordonez.
  • KEN (fist) comes from Kenpo, a form of karate that not only stresses the hard and powerful movements, but emphasizes multiple and fluid hand techniques. The Kenpo influence was from Kosho Shorei Kenpo brought by Adriano Emperado.
  • BO (style) comes from Chinese boxing. Chinese boxing, or Kung Fu, puts emphasis on flexibility and agility and flowing, evasive movements. The Chinese boxing influence comes from Northern and Southern Sil-lum styles brought by Clarence Chang.

Over the course of time, 4 different branches of Kajukenbo has evolved; 1) Original Method (Kenpo Karate), 2) Ch’uan Fa, 3) Won Hop Kuen Do, and 4) Tum Pai. At 4 Winds Martial Arts we train in Kajukenbo Tum Pai.

Because the "openness" of the “founding fathers” of Kajukenbo to new ideas, Kajukenbo practitioners are encouraged to incorporate new concepts into "their" art. With that mindset, Sifu Bob Melander has always, and will continue be open to new self defense concepts and techniques, regardless of the originating martial art, including many self defense techniques he created, but always with the same credo, it must work in the "street".

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