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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:

Summer 2014 Enrollment

Oakland Kajukenbo Summer Session runs June 24 to July 31, 2014 with a belt promotion on Saturday, August 2. Summer training is open to students 6th grade and older. Training Schedule will be Tuesday/Thursday 6pm to 8pm and Saturday 9am to 11am.

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

Downloadable/Printable Information, Calendar, Enrollment and Insurance Waiver Forms

Download/Print Our Information Sheet PDF
Download/Print Our Información en Español PDF
Download/Print Our Enrollment PDF
Download/Print Our Insurance Waiver PDF
Download/Print Our August 2013 through august 2014 Calendar PDF

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Important News:

The 5th Annual Punch and Kick-A-Thon raised $9, 978!

On October 12, 2013 over one hundred participants executed over 200,000 techniques!
Visit our section for more infomation.

Sifu Kate at Destiny Arts Center

Sifu Kate Hobbs will now be teaching on Mondays and Wednesday at Destiny Arts Center.
4pm to 5:15pm - grades K to 4th grade.
5:15pm to 6:30pm - 5th grade and above.
Location: 970 Grace St. Oakland 94608.
For more information about Destiny Arts Center visit: www.destinyarts.org

Saturday Little Tigers class has been moved to Destiny Arts Center

Destiny Arts Center: www.destinyarts.org

Oakland Kajukenbo is in the News!

Featured in the San Francico Bay Gardian Online article “The Fist Style”
By L.E. Leone posted 03.27.13
Read the article now

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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 Soji 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
Winter/Spring 2014 Guest Instructors:
Sifu Anthony DanielsSifu 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 promoted two students to first degree black belt in Kajukenbo.

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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 2nd 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. In 2011 she was promoted to first degree black belt by Sifu Kate Hobbs.

Sifu Mariko Highsmith

Sifu Mariko Highsmith began studying Kajukenbo with Sifu Kate Hobbs in 1990. She earned her black belt under the instruction of both Sifu Kate Hobbs and Sifu Anthony Daniels at Destiny Arts Center in 1998. In 2008 she was promoted to first degree black belt by Sifu Kate Hobbs. She loves Kajukenbo for its eclectic nature and for its marriage of effective, down and dirty fighting with beautiful and expressive movements. She enjoys training at Oakland Kajukenbo with Sifu Kate because of the school’s emphasis on fighting spirit, compassion, and community empowerment and responsibility. She hopes to continue training until she is an old lady with grey hair.

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. In June of 2011, Sifu Sam tested for and received his 1st degree Black Belt from Sifu Kate at Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon.

Sifu Anthony Daniels

Sifu Anthony Daniels wiil be teaching on Thursdays and will offer Wu Chien Pai forms and judo. He has taught martial arts, youth leadership, self-defense and conflict resolution to youth of all ages for over 20 years in many after-school programs in the Bay Area, including Destiny Arts, the California School for the Blind, Job Corps, the Chestnut Court Housing Projects, and Parks and Recreation programs. Sifu Anthony holds a first-degree black belt in Judo and a fifth degree black belt in Wu Chien Pai Kung Fu. He started studying at age 13 and received his Black Belt in Kung Fu in 1982 and in Judo in 1988. He has over 20 years experience teaching youth and adults throughout the US, in Switzerland and Mexico.

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 3rd 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.

Class schedulesClass LocationsClass DescriptionsSummer 2014 EnrollmentDownloadable Forms
Class FeesRequired AttendanceUniforms, Shoes & Sparring EquipmentBelt Tests
Sifu Kate at Destiny Arts
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School Year Class Schedules

Tuesday & Thursday Kajukenbo Class Schedule:

4pm - 5:15pm - All ranks Kindergarten through 4th Grade.
5:15pm - 6:30pm - All ranks 5th grade through 7th grade.
and all ranks Grades 5th through 7th
6:30pm - 8:30pm - All ranks 8th grade through Adults.

Saturday class schedule:

9am - 10am - Advanced Kajukenbo Green belts and up; 8th grade and older.
10am - 12pm - Family Class All ages Kindergarten through adults
10am - 12noon - Eskrima Ranked Kajukenbo students only.

Saturday Little Tigers is now being taught at Destiny Arts Center. Destiny Arts Center: www.destinyarts.org

Oakland Kajukenbo Summer Session Schedule

Summer training is open to students 6th grade and older.

Dates: June 24 to July 31, 2014
Times:Tuesday/Thursday 6pm to 8pm and Saturday 9am to 11am
Belt promotion: Saturday, August 2. Summer training is open to students 6th grade and older. Training Schedule will be Tuesday/Thursday 6 to 8pm and Saturday 9 to 11am.

Wednsday & Thursday T'ai Chi Class schedule:

8am - 9am

Class Locations

Tuesday & Thursday Kajukenbo Class Location:

Saint Columba Church,
6401 San Pablo Ave at Alcatraz in North Oakland.

Saturday Kajukenbo Class Location:

Saturday Kajukenbo Advanced Class, Family Class and Eskrima Classes are now all at the Emeryville Veteran's Memorial Hall
Veteran's Memorial Hall Senior Center
4321 Salem Street, Emeryville

The Little Tigers class is now being taught at Destiny Arts Center
Destiny Arts Center: www.destinyarts.org

Wednsday & Thursday T'ai Chi Class Location:

Saint Columba Church,
6401 San Pablo Ave at Alcatraz in North Oakland.

Sifu Kate at Destiny Arts Center

Sifu Kate Hobbs will now be teaching on Mondays and Wednesday at Destiny Arts Center.
4pm to 5:15pm - grades K to 4th grade.
5:15pm to 6:30pm - 5th grade and above.
Location: 970 Grace St. Oakland 94608.
For more information about Destiny Arts Center visit: www.destinyarts.org

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Class Descriptions:

Little Tigers:

The Little Tigers class is now being taught at Destiny Arts Center
Little Tigers is a Kajukenbo class for preschool age students (3 to pre-K 5). The class is once a week on Saturdays and includes a warm-up (running, jumping, twirling, balancing, stretching), basic instruction in kicking and punching, learning to generate and focus power and martial arts etiquette (conduct, manners).
Destiny Arts Center: www.destinyarts.org

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 is taught during the second hour of this class and 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.

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.

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Class Fees

Families choose a monthly class fee of between $12 and $120 per month. This is a sliding scale and each family chooses a fee that is good for their family. The class fee, in cash or check, is due during the first week of each month. WRAP CASH OR WRITE ON BILLS SO WE KNOW WHOSE IT IS!!!! Checks should be made payable to Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon. The monthly class dues are paid during the first week of each month. Please be attentive to your class fees each month.

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 you are expected to attend class every Saturday.

Uniforms, Shoes & Sparring Equipment

Uniforms:

Uniforms are required at every class for all students. Uniforms are provided upon enrollment. If you need extra tee shirts or pants they can be purchased for $15/$20.

Shoes:

Shoes are required for students ages 5 to 18 at Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon. Students can choose to order traditional kung fu shoes through the program for $20. Adults can choose to go barefoot or choose any shoe that gives them the support they need to train safely. Youth program students may choose Converse All Stars as an alternative to the traditional kung fu shoe. If you want to order your own shoes, they are on the wle.com (Wing Lam Enterprises) website and they are white or black canvas kung fu shoes.

Sparring Equipment:

Students will spar every week. The sparring class will rotate between the two weekday classes so all ranking students have an opportunity to spar. Each student is provided a set of equipment for sparring. Families are also encouraged to purchase their own set of sparring gear. You can purchase sparring gear at Young's Trading Co. at 5705 Telegraph Ave. in Oakland. Tell Mr Li you train at Oakland Kajukenbo 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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Class schedulesClass LocationsClass DescriptionsWinter 2014 EnrollmentDownloadable Forms
Class FeesRequired AttendanceUniforms, Shoes & Sparring EquipmentBelt Tests
Sifu Kate at Destiny Arts
Download/Print Our August 2013 through august 2014 Calendar PDF
Important Dates 2014
June 14July 14August 14
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OAKLAND KAJUKENBO KWOON Student Enrollment

Winter 2014 Enrollment is open only for students grade 8 through adult.

The Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon classes have been very full for over two years now. For Winter 2014, Enrollment is open only for students grade 8 through adult. Please come and check out a class during the month of January 2014. All enrollment documents are available here on the website and will also be available when you come try a class.

If you have a child grades Kindergarten through 7th, all classes at Oakland Kajukenbo are full to capacity for the school year. Sifu Kate recommends enrolling in the Monday/Wednesday martial arts classes at Destiny Arts Center, www.destinyarts.org where Sifu Kate is now teaching with Sifu Anthony Daniels.

Please contact the instructorto visit a class.

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

Please note the dates that Kung Fu classes are closed due to major holidays. Also note Belt Tests and Celebrations. Classes are sometimes cancelled due to a funeral at the church. In this case, an e-mail will be sent. If you do not have e-mail, find another student or family who has e-mail and arrange to have them be a messenger for you. Thanks!

Questions? Sifu Kate can be reached at 510-507-6307. Continue to check this site for schedule and event updates.

Important Dates for Oakland Kajukenbo Calendar-School Year 2014:

June14, Saturday, 2014 - Sifu Coleen Kragen Memorial 10K run
2pm - 4pm

June 21, Saturday, 2014 - Mat Practice, Colored belts, All ages,
2pm to 5pm, 4771 San Pablo Ave.

June 23 - July 7/September 2, 2014 - Youth Program Spring/Summer Recess!
6th grade/Adult Classes continue through July 31.

July 7 - August 1, 2014 - Youth Summer Program!
2nd to 12+ Grades
Mondays through Fridays, 8am-4pm.

August 2 - September 2, 2014 - Summer Recess for all Classes!

June 14July 14August 14

June 2014

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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Winter/Spring session
Kindergarten through Adults
4-8:30pm

 

4

Tai Chi Morning Class
8-9am

 

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Tai Chi Morning Class
8-9am

 

Winter/Spring session
Kindergarten through Adults
4-8:30pm

 

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7

Winter/Spring session
Advanced, Family & Eskrima
9am-noon

 

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10

Winter/Spring session
Kindergarten through Adults
4-8:30pm

 

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Tai Chi Morning Class
8-9am

 

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Tai Chi Morning Class
8-9am

 

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14

Winter/Spring session
Advanced, Family & Eskrima
9am-noon

 

Sifu Coleen Gragen Memotial 10K Run
2pm-4pm

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17

Winter/Spring session
Kindergarten through Adults
4-8:30pm

 

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Tai Chi Morning Class
8-9am

 

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Tai Chi Morning Class
8-9am

 

Winter/Spring session
Kindergarten through Adults
4-8:30pm

 

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Winter/Spring session
Advanced, Family & Eskrima
9am-noon

 

Mat Practice

2pm-5pm

Youth Program Spring/Summer Recess
No K throuh 7th grade classes, (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4pm-6:30pm) June 23 - July 7/September 2, 2014

8th grade throuh Adult classes continue (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30 - 8pm) through July 31, 2014

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Summer session
8th grade through Adults
6:30-8:30pm

 

25

Tai Chi Morning Class
8-9am

 

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Tai Chi Morning Class
8-9am

 

Summer session
8th grade through Adults
6:30-8:30pm

 

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Summer session
Advanced, Family & Eskrima
9am-noon

 

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June 14July 14August 14

July 2014

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
   

1-5

Youth Program Spring/Summer Recess
No K throuh 7th grade classes, (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4pm-6:30pm) June 23 - July 7/September 2, 2014

8th grade throuh Adult classes continue (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30 - 8pm) through July 31, 2014

   

1

Summer session
8th grade through Adults
6:30-8:30pm

 

2

Tai Chi Morning Class
8-9am

 

3

Tai Chi Morning Class
8-9am

 

Summer session
8th grade through Adults
6:30-8:30pm

 

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5

Summer session
Advanced, Family & Eskrima
9am-noon

 

Annual Youth Summer Program (2nd grade throught 21th+grade)
July 7 through August 1, 2014
Mondays through Fridays, 8am - 4pm

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Annual Youth Summer Program Begins!
8am-4pm

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Annual Youth Summer Program
8am-4pm

Summer session
8th grade through Adults
6:30-8:30pm

 

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Annual Youth Summer Program
8am-4pm

10

Annual Youth Summer Program
8am-4pm

Summer session
8th grade through Adults
6:30-8:30pm

 

11

Annual Youth Summer Program
8am-4pm

12

Summer session
Advanced, Family & Eskrima
9am-noon

 

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14

Annual Youth Summer Program
8am-4pm

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Annual Youth Summer Program
8am-4pm

Summer session
8th grade through Adults
6:30-8:30pm

 

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Annual Youth Summer Program
8am-4pm

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Annual Youth Summer Program
8am-4pm

Summer session
8th grade through Adults
6:30-8:30pm

 

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Annual Youth Summer Program
8am-4pm

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Summer session
Advanced, Family & Eskrima
9am-noon

 

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Annual Youth Summer Program
8am-4pm

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Annual Youth Summer Program
8am-4pm

Summer session
8th grade through Adults
6:30-8:30pm

 

23

Annual Youth Summer Program
8am-4pm

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Annual Youth Summer Program
8am-4pm

Summer session
8th grade through Adults
6:30-8:30pm

 

25

Annual Youth Summer Program
8am-4pm

26

Summer session
Advanced, Family & Eskrima
9am-noon

 

27

28

Annual Youth Summer Program
8am-4pm

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Annual Youth Summer Program
8am-4pm

Summer session
8th grade through Adults
6:30-8:30pm

 

30

Annual Youth Summer Program
8am-4pm

Tai Chi Morning Class
8-9am

31

Annual Youth Summer Program
8am-4pm

Tai Chi Morning Class
8-9am
Summer session
8th grade through Adults
6:30-8:30pm

 

   
June 14July 14August 14

August 2014

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
         

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Last Day of Annual Youth Summer Program!
8am-4pm

2

Summer Recess Begins for All Classes!

3-9

Summer Recess for All Classes!

10-16

Summer Recess for All Classes!

17-23

Summer Recess for All Classes!

24-30

Summer Recess for All Classes!

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Summer Recess for All Classes!

           
Important Dates 2014
June 14July 14August 14
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Class Fees and Donations

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• Class Fees,
• Donations

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

Download/Print Our Information Sheet PDF
Download/Print Our Información en Español PDF
Download/Print Información en Español
Download/Print Our Enrollment PDF
Download/Print Our Insurance Waiver Form PDF
Download/Print Our August 2013 through august 2014 Calendar PDF

About Summer CampSummer Program 2014Summer Program 2013 VideoSummer Program 2012 Video

About The Oakland Kajukenbo Summer Program

The Oakland Kajukenbo Summer Program is a high quality, full day program for students grades first through twelfth. The program offers intensive kung fu training every weekday morning followed by swimming, hiking, biking, boating, art, gardening, cooking and dance in the afternoons. Youth leadership positions are available for all students grades 6th through 12th. The program seeks to build practical skills while working hard and playing hard individually and as a community.

Summer Program 2014
Caring For Ourselves, We Care For The World

July 7 to August 1, 2014
Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm,
plus an Open House from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, August 2.

This summer 100 students, grades 2nd through College, from the Oakland Kajukenbo school year Kajukenbo program, as well as students from the Saint Columba parish and from Destiny Arts Center, will be participating in a month long, intensive summer program. Daily Kajukenbo training, daily hot lunch. Additional activities include swimming, biking, gardening, dancing, art and cooking. Youth Leadership Internships available for grades 6 to College. The Summer Program is already full and the waiting list long. Next enrollment period for Oakland Kajukenbo school year pro is September 2014.

Oakland Kajukenbo Summer 2013
video by Eduardo Zazueta

Summer Camp 2012

About Summer CampSummer Program 2014Summer Program 2013 VideoSummer Program 2012 Video

Upcoming Nature Trips

November 23, Saturday, 2013 - Half-Day Hike,
12noon to 5pm

January 25, Saturday, 2014 - Half-Day Hike,
12noon to 5pm

May 10, Saturday, 2014 - Half-Day Hike,
12noon to 5pm

Past Tests CongratulationsRecent Belt Test Videos
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Past Belt Test Congratulations

Congratulations to the December 7, 2013 Belt Testers

For Orange Belt:
Anda Bilder
Duncan Bilder
Lorenzo Burrell-Camp
Ale Luna
Andy Luna
Vincent Pulsipher-Burke
Plum Neumann
Sybille Simon-Thomas
August Kiuchi
Esteban Tirado-Rodriguez
Flora Breitbard
Marcia Gonzalez
Ayo Thomas
Leo Gaisne
Milton Gaisne
Haddassah Zenor-Davis
Joey Maravillo
Michael Simpson

For Green Belt:
Lesliebeth Maldonado
Alex Bernius
Andrew Bernius
Tavi Arusha
Perla Suarez-Merino
Angelo Remson
Aron Guido
Rigo Guido
Catalina Fierro

Congratulations to the December 10, 2013 Belt Testers

For Orange Belt:
Leticia Merino
Rama Prathapam
Risha Wallace
Cindi Simpson

For Purple Belt:
Lourdes Chang
Peter Montgomery
Ivette Merino
For Blue Belt:
Billy Varnark
Shelley Lee
Jeff Chang

Congratulations to the October 26, 2013 Belt Testers

For First Degree Black Belt:
Thandiwe Satterwhite
For Black Belt:
Brennan Wilder-Gold
Rosa Melero
Erik Clifton
Peter Clifton

For Brown Belt:
Maria Cuautle
Eduardo Zazueta
For Green Belt:
Katia Dunkel
Rachel Amsterdam
Brianna Remson

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

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Past Tests CongratulationsRecent Belt Test Videos
Sifu Coleen Gragen Memorial 10KMainenti/Bones Kajukenbo Family Reunion
photos by Catrina Marchetti

Professor Coleen Gragen Memorial 10K run/hike/bike

Saturday June 14, 2014, 8am to 2pm.
Route: Bay Trail from Aquatic Park in Berkeley to Vincent Park in Richmond.

Once again, Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon is hosting the Professor Coleen Gragen Memorial 10K event to raise funds for the Oakland Kajukenbo program and to honor Professor Gragen for her contributions to our Kajukenbo lineage and beyond. Professor Coleen Gragen was a 7th degree black belt in Kajukenbo and one of a handful of women to hold that high rank. Professor Gragen was Sifu Kate’s Kajukenbo teacher. She died, after a valiant battle with cancer, in 2001. Professor Gragen was the founder and head instructor of Hand to Hand Kajukenbo Self-Defense Center from 1980 until her death. She was an instructor at Mills College in Oakland, teaching martial arts and self-defense for a decade. So powerful was her impact on the student body at Mills that an award was dedicated in her honor at Mills College after her death. Professor Gragen was the president of the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation and taught nationally and internationally during her career. NWMAF also has an annual award in Professor Gragen’s memory. We are choosing to honor her memory with this joyful endurance event to highlight her fighting spirit and her commitment to justice.

Participants in this memorial 10K will sign up to either walk, run or bike the Bay Trail from Aquatic Park in Berkeley to the Barbara and Jay Vincent Park in Richmond. The distance is about 6 ½ miles. This year, we are asking students, families, neighbors and extended community to participate in the event as a team. Teams can be any size but the event organizers are suggesting teams of 4-6 people. Teams can choose to walk, run or bike the trail together. Prizes will be awarded for best team name, best team costume, team that raises the most funds, team that has the greatest number of sponsors and other surprise prize categories. The 10K will culminate in a picnic and spontaneous training session at the park in Richmond.

People 15 years and older are also welcome to run the event solo. Solo runners will be timed and first place medals will be awarded for the fastest overall time for men and for women.

Each participant agrees to raise money by asking people in their extended community to sponsor their effort. The suggested amount for each participating team to raise is $100. If you are running solo, set a goal of raising $50. People are welcome to participate without raising any money as well. This is a memorial event and Oakland Kajukenbo wants everyone to be able to be a part of the day regardless of income or ability to fundraise.

This year, the money we raise from the 10K will be used to support two events. The first is the Oakland Kajukenbo youth summer program. This is a high quality and accessible full day, one month program for children and teens. The summer program includes intensive Kajukenbo training, swimming, biking, art, cooking, gardening and more. The other event we are raising funds for is to send women and girls from Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon to the Pacific Association of Women Martial Artists annual training weekend in September 2014. Sifu Lynn will be teaching at the weekend, assisted by Lucy Montgomery and Laneka Viney. We want to be able to support any other students who would like to attend the weekend.

Grandmaster Richard Mainenti
Professor Barbara Bones

Mainenti/Bones Kajukenbo Family Reunion
March 22nd & March 23rd, 2014

This weekend reunion offered Kajukenbo students in the lineage of Grandmaster Richard Mainenti and Professor Barbara Bones the opportunity to meet and train with these two wonderful and legendary martial artists.

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

  • Summer 2013
  • 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
  • 11 for 11

Oakland Kajukenbo Summer 2013
video by Eduardo Zazueta

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

“The Fist Style”

San Francico Bay Gardian Online
By L.E. Leone posted 03.27.13
Read the article now

11 for 11:
Kate Hobbs, Destiny Arts founder, expands martial arts education
for Oakland youth - Oakland Local

Sifu Kate Hobbs and Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon are pleased to be profiled in Oakland's daily independent news & community web site, Oakland Local. Read the article, 11 for 11: Kate Hobbs, Destiny Arts founder, expands martial arts education for Oakland youth, published on Sunday, January 02, 2011, at oaklandlocal.com/article/katehobbs.

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