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Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon

Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon is a vibrant martial arts school offering classes in the eclectic kung fu style, , to children and adults in Oakland, California. Kajukenbo training includes rigorous repetition of basic strikes and blocks, close-in fighting sets, grappling, traditional forms practice and sparring with partners. Students at Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon progress through a belt system, from white to black, and emphasis throughout the training is on developing the core martial qualities of fighting spirit, self-discipline and respect. The philosophical foundation for Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon is imbedded in the , written and developed by Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon Head Instructor, , emphasizing the value of love, respect, care, responsibility, honor and peace in the martial arts practice as well as in other aspects of daily life.

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Enrollment Update:

Fall 2015 Enrollment

The Tuesday/Thursday 4-5pm class for grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade is FULL for Fall 2015. Interested families should submit an enrollment form, by email or mailed to 991 60th St. Oakland CA 94608. Open enrollment for this class will begin in January 2016.

The Saturday Little Tigers Class from 10:15-11am for ages 3 to pre-K 5 year olds is FULL for Fall 2015. Interested families should submit an enrollment form, by email or by US postal service to 991 60th St. Oakland CA 94608. Open enrollment for this class will begin in January 2016.

The Tuesday/Thursday 5-6pm class for grades 4th to 7th and the 6-8pm class for grade 8th and older are still OPEN for enrollment. Contact the Head Instructor at 510-507-6304 or at sifukate.hobbs@gmail.com to arrange to come and try a class.
Go to Our Enrollment Form

See our for the times and days of all current classes.

On-line Enrollment Form and Printable Insurance Waiver Form

Go to Our Enrollment Form
Download/Print Our Insurance Waiver PDF

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Important News:

Youth On The Move Summer Program 2016

Enrollment begins January 2016. For more information about the Summer Program visit our section.

Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon Annual Punch and Kick-A-Thon Fundraiser

Saturday December 5th, 2015 - 9am to 12 noon
St, Columba Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland.

photo by Catrina Marchetti

Fighting Spirit

Training at Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon challenges students to develop great fighting spirit. Fighting spirit is the ability to maintain awareness, power and dignity in the face of difficulty, conflict and violence.

Self Discipline

At Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon students develop an understanding of self-discipline. Self-discipline is the ability to set one’s heart on specific goals and persevere in the effort to reach them.

Respect

The foundation of the training at Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon is the understanding and practice of respect for oneself, the training community, the family and the world. Respect is the ability to honor one’s own life as well as others and the earth and conduct oneself accordingly.

About KajukenboWarrior’s Code

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The Art of Kajukenbo

Kajukenbo Kung Fu is an eclectic modern martial art founded by Sijo Adriano Emperado in Hawaii in 1947. The goal was to build a new fighting system that emphasized effective skills for self-defense within the framework of graceful and powerful movement. It was developed by a training community known as the “Black Belt Society” composed of black belt from various arts. There are five masters credited with developing Kajukenbo each representing one of the five traditional styles that make up Kajukenbo. Peter Young Yil Choo contributed the Tang So Doo Karate. Frank Ordonez contributed the Se Keino Ryu Judo. Joe Holck contributed the Kodenkan Danzan Ryu Jujitsu. Adriano Emperado contributed the Kosho Ryu Kenpo. Clarence Chang Chu contributed the Tum Pai Chinese Boxing.

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Though the style, Kajukenbo Kung Fu, sprouted from the distinctly American soil of Hawaii in the post World War II era, it’s roots are deeply sunk in the traditional martial arts philosophy of Asia. Most important of this philosophy is the idea of an honor code concerning the appropriate use of the powerful skills contained in any martial arts style. Sifu Kate Hobbs wrote the Warrior’s Code in 1988 based on her study with her teacher, Sifu Coleen Gragen, of ancient martial arts philosophy. The purpose of the Warrior’s Code is to offer a framework for Kajukenbo students to think about how they use their martial arts practice in daily life.

Warrior's Code

Love - A warrior is skilled in body and kind in heart

Respect - A warrior respects him or herself and all living things

Care - A warrior believes that caring for him or herself means caring for our world

Responsibility - A warrior takes responsibility for his or her own actions and makes a superior effort in every situation

Honor - A warrior uses fighting skills honorably only to protect self and loved ones. A warrior never raises a fist in anger

Peace - A true warrior lives by this code and firmly believes that the greatest warrior of all is the one that stands for peace

The Warriors code was devoloped by Sifu Kate Hobbs based on ancient martial arts philosophy

About KajukenboWarrior’s Code
2015 Guest Instructors:
Sifu Michelle DwyerGuro Allan Duncan

Chief Instructor Sifu Kate Hobbs

Sifu Kate Hobbs holds the rank of fifth degree Black Belt in the Gaylord Method of Kajukenbo Kung Fu. She was awarded her first degree black belt in 1991 by the late Professor Coleen Gragen, who promoted her through third degree black belt. She gratefully received her fifth degree promotion from Professor Barbara Bones in 2008. She currently studies Chi Gung, Tai Chi, and Northern Shaolin Kung Fu under Sifu Michelle Dwyer.

Sifu Kate has spent much of her time as a Black Belt focusing on how martial arts can help young people face the violence and injustice they encounter with power and intelligence. She has worked on curriculum for community-based and school-based programs that teach specific tools for conflict resolution, violence prevention and community building for youth aged three to eighteen. She has now promoted 10 students to black belt, 2 students to first degree, 3 students to second degree and one student to third degree.

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Sifu Lynn Keslar

Sifu Lynn Keslar began studying Kajukenbo in 1997 with Sifu Coleen Gragen. She has a 3rd degree black belt in Kajukenbo from Sifu Kate Hobbs, and a 4th degree black belt in Doce Pares Eskrima, under Master Reginald Burford of the Oakland Eskrima Club. She is responsible for the Eskrima and ground fighting curricula at Oakland Kajukenbo. She teaches in the youth and adult martial arts programs, and has also taught cooking classes at every summer camp. She is an ardent proponent of Oakland Kajukenbo's culture of hard work and spirited intensity, and firmly believes in the philosophy that all of our community activities represent one practice.

Sifu Emmy Highsmith

Sifu Emmy Highsmith began studying Kajukenbo with Sifu Kate Hobbs in 1990. Over the next ten years she studied Kajukenbo and Wu Chien Pai under the instruction of both Sifu Kate and Sifu Anthony Daniels, earning her student black belt in 2000. Sifu Emmy has been promoted to second degree black belt by Sifu Kate Hobbs.

Sifu Sam Mende-Wong

Sifu Sam Mende-Wong began training in Kajukenbo Kung Fu at the age of 10 under the instruction of Sifu Kate Hobbs and Sifu Anthony Daniels at Destiny Arts Center in Oakland CA. As he moved up the ranks, he had the opportunity to assist in the 3 to 6 year old Safety Skills class where he began teaching. In his Junior year of High School he took over the class and prepared young students to graduate to the older classes. Sifu Sam received his Black Belt from Destiny Arts Center when he was 18 before attending Bard College in New York State where he majored in Film & Electronic Arts. He started training again with Sifu Kate in 2008 and started working with Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon during the summer of 2009. Sifu Sam has been promoted to second degree black belt by Sifu Kate Hobbs.

Sifu Thandiwe Satterwhite

Sifu Thandiwe Satterwhite began his training in Kajukenbo Kung Fu at Hand to Hand under the direction of Sifu Coleen Gragen. Sifu Thandiwe continued training when Destiny Arts Center was established in 1988 and received his black belt in 1998. He was promoted to first degree black belt from Sifu Kate Hobbs in 2013.

Sifu Michelle Dwyer

Sifu Michelle Dwyer wiil be teaching on Thursdays and will offer the Earth Dragon Long Staff Northern Shaolin Gung Fu form. She has been training in Chinese Martial Arts since 1974 and teaching students of all ages since 1982, both locally and internationally. As a member of the Jing Mo Athletic Association, U.S.A. she specializes in Yang style Tai Chi Chuan, Northern Shaolin Gung Fu , Five Element Hsing I and the traditional weapons.

Guro Allan Duncan

Guro Allan Duncan received his 5th degree black belt in Eskrima from Master Reginald Burford, Oakland Eskrima Club, and holds a 2nd grade black belt in Cacoy Doce Pares Eskrima from the Great Grand Master Cacoy Canete. Guro Allan began his martial arts training at the age of 14 with the United Tae Kwon Do Federation in Denver, CO; attaining the rank of red belt. During this training, he was exposed to tournament fighting, board/brick breaking, and self-defense techniques. Guro Allan’s interest in martial arts was rekindled in 1998 with a brief introduction to Latosa Escrima and Filipino boxing. Since that time he has taken a special interest in Filipino and Malaysian martial arts styles. Over the last 13 years Guro Allan has taken various classes and seminars in Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Jujitsu, Judo, Brazilian Jujitsu, Capoeira, Eskrima, and Silat.

2015 Guest Instructors:
Sifu Michelle DwyerGuro Allan Duncan
Enrollment UpdateClass schedulesClass Descriptions
Class FeesRequired AttendanceUniforms & Sparring EquipmentBelt Tests
Sifu Kate at Destiny Arts
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Enrollment Update:

The Tuesday/Thursday 4-5pm class for grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade is FULL for Fall 2015. Interested families should submit an enrollment form, by email or mailed to 991 60th St. Oakland CA 94608. Open enrollment for this class will begin in January 2016.

The Saturday Little Tigers Class from 10:15-11am for ages 3 to pre-K 5 year olds is FULL for Fall 2015. Interested families should submit an enrollment form, by email or by US postal service to 991 60th St. Oakland CA 94608. Open enrollment for this class will begin in January 2016.

The Tuesday/Thursday 5-6pm class for grades 4th to 7th and the 6-8pm class for grade 8th and older are still OPEN for enrollment. Contact the Head Instructor at 510-507-6304 or at sifukate.hobbs@gmail.com to arrange to come and try a class.

Go to Our Enrollment Form

Fall 2015 Class Schedules

Tuesdays & Thursdays Kajukenbo Class Schedule at 6401 San Pablo Ave. Oakland:

4:00pm - 5:00pm : All ranks Kindergarten through 3rd Grade. THIS CLASS IS FULL
5:00pm - 6:00pm: All ranks 4th grade through 7th grade.
6:00pm - 8:00pm: All ranks 8th grade through Adults.

Mondays & Thursdays T'ai Chi​ Class Class Schedule at 6401 San Pablo Ave. Oakland:

8am - 9am - all levels, drop-ins welcome.

Saturdays​ Class schedule at Anna Yates School 1070 41st St., Emeryville:

9am - 10am - Advanced Training-green belt and above adults/brown and black belt youth 10am - 11am: Family Class-all levels/all ages 10am - 11am: Eskrima-all levels with permission from Instructors 11am - 12pm: Colored Belt/Black Belt Forms Class-all ages.

Saturdays Little Tigers Class at Emeryville Recreation Center 4300 San Pablo Ave.v Emeryville:

10:15am - 11am: Little Tigers Class-age 3 to pre-K 5 year olds. THIS CLASS IS FULL

Second Saturdays Mat Practice at Emeryville Martial Arts - 4770 San Pablo Ave. Emeryville.

2pm - 3pm : ages 6 to 11
3pm - 4pm: ages 12 to 15
4pm - 6pm: ages 16 and older.

Class Descriptions:

Weekday Classes in Kajukenbo:

The weekday classes are separated by age. They are mixed rank classes meaning all levels, from brand new students to advanced students, are training together. Every class includes a vigorous warm-up, Kajukenbo basics and applied basics, traditional forms practice and Kajukenbo requirements for rank. Classes also include discussion of the history and philosophy of the martial arts.

Family Class:

The Family Class is a Kajukenbo class for students of all ages (Kindergarten through Grandparents). The class is once a week on Saturdays and includes cardio and strengthening exercises, partner work, Kajukenbo basics and Kajukenbo forms.

Eskrima Class:

Interested students should talk to Sifu Kate to become part of the Eskrima training. This class is taught by Sifu Lynn Keslar who holds the rank of second degree black belt in Doce Pares Eskrima under Master Reginald Burford, Chief Instructor of the Oakland Eskrima Club.

Advanced Kajukenbo Class:

This class is for students ranked green belt and above who are 8th grade and older. The class will focus on advanced Kajukenbo material including concepts, techniques and applications. The class will also include the discussion of the history and philosophy of the martial arts.

Little Tigers:

The Little Tigers Class offers young children ages 3 to pre-K 5 year olds an introduction to martial arts training in a fun and focused environment. Children will develop balance, coordination of the upper and lower body, basic skill in striking with their hands and legs and blocking and evasion. Classes will also include the study of the Five Fingers of Self-Defense through story telling and discussion. Children must be accompanied by an adult family member and families will be included in some of the aspects of the class structure.

T'ai Chi

This class introduces students of all levels to the Dragon Tiger Mountain Yang Style Family Set. The class includes warm-ups, Chi Gung, stance work and the basic techniques of the 83 movement set.

Sifu Kate at Destiny Arts Center

Sifu Kate Hobbs also ​teach​es​ on Mondays​/​Wednesday at Destiny Arts Center​ 970 Grace Street, Oakland.
4pm to 5:​00​pm - grades K to ​3rd​ grade. 5:​00​pm to 6:30pm - ​4​th grade and above.
For more information about Destiny Arts Center visit: www.destinyarts.org

On-line Enrollment Form and Printable Insurance Waiver Form

Go to Our Enrollment Form
Download/Print Our Insurance Waiver PDF

Class Fees

Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon is a donation based program. Students and families can choose any amount from $0 to $1,000,000 as their donation for classes each month. Please indicate on your enrollment form the amount you or your family plans to donate each month. Try to be consistent with the amount you choose and offer the donation during the first week of each month. Donations can be made in cash, by check to OAKLAND KAJUKENBO KWOON or by using the paypal link here:

Required Attendance

All students are expected to be on time to every class they attend and be consistent with their training schedule. All students who want to rank in Kajukenbo must attend at least two classes every week. There is a "Saturday Only" training option at Oakland Kajukenbo. If you and your family want to train only once a week, that option is only available on Saturdays. If you are a Saturday only student or family, please try to be consistent with your attendance so you can get the most out of your time at Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon.

Uniforms

Uniforms:

The Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon school uniform is a pair of black kung fu pants, an Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon shirt and a belt. Kung fu pants can be purchased at Young Trading Company, 5705 Telegraph Ave. Oakland. Tee shirts and belts are provided by Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon. New beginners can wear any black pants appropriate for exercising and a plain white tee shirt. After a semester of training, beginners will get their uniform tee shirt. Shoes are optional. Adults can choose any shoe that is supportive and appropriate for martial arts training. Children should train in converse all stars of any color.

Sparring Equipment:

Sparring is a regular part of Kajukenbo training. Sparring gear is available at Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon for every student who needs it. Students and families are also encouraged to purchase their own sets of sparring gear at Young's Trading Co, 5705 Telegraph Ave Oakland. Tell Mr Li you train at Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon and he will help you find the proper gear. Please bring sparring gear to every class.

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Belt Tests:

Ranking Students will have a belt test as they master the material for their current rank. Students will need to practice Kajukenbo material outside of class in order to memorize and absorb the skills learned in class and advance in the art. Sifu Kate will let students know when they are ready to prepare for the next ranking promotion/test. For High School age and adult students, the beginning ranks (orange, purple, blue) will be in-class tests. Intermediate and advanced ranking for this group will be in a traditional belt test format. Students grades K through 8th will participate in traditional belt tests for all ranks. The traditional Belt Tests last for several hours and challenge students to show the full range of their skill. All students are expected to attend all belt tests for their age group and participate fully. Regular Saturday classes are cancelled on the ranking dates. See calendar for promotion dates. Visit our section for information on upcoming tests

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Please click on the link below.

Contact Information

For more information about Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon,
and to sign up for classes,
please contact Sifu Kate Hobbs by the following means:

Telephone:

510-507-6304

e-mail:

sifukate.hobbs@gmail.com

Go to Our Enrollment Form
Download/Print Our Insurance Waiver Form PDF

Youth On The Move Summer Program 2016Summer Program 2012 Video

Youth On The Move Summer Program 2016

For Grade 3 to College (in the Fall of 2016)

Tuesday July 5th to Saturday July 30th, 2016
Location: Saint Columba Church
Enrollment begins January 2016
Youth Leadership Positions Available for grades 6th through College

Summer Camp 2012

Youth On The Move Summer Program 2016Summer Program 2012 Video
Belt Test Information Upcoming Saturday Belt Tests Upcoming In-Class Belt Tests Recent Belt Test Videos

Belt Promotions Information:

All Belt Promotions and Celebrations are held at Saint Columba Church 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland.

Setting up, conducting and cleaning up on belt promotion days is a big job. Instructors want to focus on the structure, content and implementation of the test and awarding the promotions. Every student and family should check their calendar and pick one belt promotion that they or their family is not likely to be a part of and volunteer to help orchestrate the day. Thank you in advance for your important and likely satisfying contribution to making these events powerful experiences for the whole extended training community.

Upcoming Saturday Belt Promotion Dates:

Saturday November 21, 2015 (Teen/Adult)
Saturday February 6, 2016 (Youth)
Saturday April 9, 2016 (Teen/Adult)
Saturday May 21, 2016 (Youth)

All Saturday Belt Promotions begin promptly at 8:30am. Set up begins at 7:30 and a light breakfast is available. Students should plan to bring a water bottle and snack.

Youth program tests generally wrap up around noon and are followed by a buffet lunch and party with games, dancing and board breaking, finishing around 2pm.

Teen/Adult promotions generally run until 2 followed by a mid-afternoon buffet and a free for all celebration, wrapping up around 4pm.

Upcoming In-Class Promotion Dates:

Tuesday December 1, 2015, Thursday April 23, 2016, Tuesday July 28, 2016

In-Class promotions are only held in the Teen/Adult program. They happen during the 6 to 8pm class time frame and are followed by a light dinner and light party. Students should schedule to stay on these dates until 9pm.

Recent Belt Test Videos

  • Bagua Saber Form
  • Long Staff form (partial)

Bagua Saber Form - December 8, 2012
as taught by Sifu Michelle Dwyer

Long Staff Form, first half - December 8, 2012
as taught by Sifu Michelle Dwyer

photos by Catrina Marchetti
Belt Test Information Upcoming Saturday Belt Tests Upcoming In-Class Belt Tests Recent Belt Test Videos
photos by Catrina Marchetti

Special Events

Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon Annual Punch and Kick-A-Thon Fundraiser

Saturday December 5th, 2015 - 9am to 12 noon
St. Columba Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave. Oakland.

photo by Sifu Catrina Marchetti
photo by Sifu Catrina Marchetti
photo by Sifu Catrina Marchetti
 

Students Videos & Photo Slideshows and Oakland Kajukenbo in the News

  • Student Recital April 2013
  • Bagua Saber Form
  • Long Staff Form
  • Summer Camp 2012
  • April 2012 Races
  • Summer Camp 2011
  • Black Belt Test 2011
  • Sam Breaking Boards
  • Eskrima
  • Dance
  • Sets A
  • Sets B
  • Sets C
  • The Fist Style

Oakland Kajukenbo Student Recital 2013
video by Sifu Kate Hobbs

Bagua Saber Form - December 8, 2012
as taught by Sifu Michelle Dwyer

Long Staff Form, first half - December 8, 2012
as taught by Sifu Michelle Dwyer

Summer Camp 2012

April 2012 Coleen Gragen Memorial Races

Summer Camp 2011

Black Belt Test 2011Photos by Catrina Marchetti

Sifu Sam breaking boards during his Belt Test

End of Summer 2011 Performances - EskrimaVideo by Jeth Gold

End of Summer 2011 Performances #2 - DanceVideo by Jeth Gold

End of Summer 2011 Performances - Sets AVideo by Jeth Gold

End of Summer 2011 Performances - Sets BVideo by Jeth Gold

End of Summer 2011 Performances - Sets CVideo by Jeth Gold

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