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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, January 28, 2010

Martial art born in Palama Settlement

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Who knew that the world-renowned mixed martial art kajukenbo was created in the mid-1940s at Palama Settlement by the Black Belt Society, a small group of men with black belts in various martial arts? Peter Young Yil Choo, Frank Ordonez, Joe Holck, Adriano Emperado and Clarence Chang formed a hui to train and learn from each other, a collaboration that marked the beginning of the "evolutionary adaptive style" named for the martial arts the creators practiced: karate, judo, jujitsu, kenpo and Chinese boxing.

Find out more about kajukenbo on Edgy Lee's Life is Good blog or at http://News.pacificnetwork.tv/NewsDesk.

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Willie K, Melveen Leed and the Hot Club of Hulaville are among 150 entertainers lined up for the American Lung Association Hawaii's Breathe Concert on Saturday at Hawai'i Theatre.

Marian Jay Morrison, who has returned to Hawai'i after 15 years with Walt Disney Entertainment, has put together a show filled with comedy, song and dance, along with style and flair with help from 2 Couture.

Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. concert are $35 to $135. The $135 tickets include an invitation to the pre-concert party. Buy tickets at the Hawai'i Theatre box office at 1130 Bethel St., by phone at 528-0506 and online at www.HawaiiTheatre.com.

Advertiser Staff