ADRIANO EMPERADO- (June 15, 1926 – April 4, 2009) was one of five martial artists who developed the kajukenbo self-defense system. In 1947 he joined Peter Young (Tang Soo Do and Boxing), Joseph Holck ( Danzan-ryū Jujutsu), Frank Ordonez (Se KeinoRyu Judo), and George Chuen Yoke Chang (Chinese Boxing or Chu'an Fa Kung-Fu), came together. They began exploring and developing the weaknesses of each martial art to create a fighting style that suited modern man. Kajukenbo was the result.
Karate (空手?) (pron.: /kəˈrɑːtiː/; Japanese pronunciation: [kaɽate] ( listen)) is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa, Japan. It was developed partially from the indigenous martial arts of Ryukyu Islands called Te (手?, literally "hand"; Tii in Okinawan) and from Chinese kenpo. Karate is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open hand techniques such as knife-hands
James Mitose and the Path of Kenpo by Jim Rathbone Travel through time and follow the path of knowledge. This book is about our fascinating Martial Art known as KENPO, and the people who added their skills and knowledge to the Art. Follow the path and understand who influenced the Kenpo we teach today and how. Researched in Japan, Hawaii Mainland USA, researched and compiled White Tiger Kenpo founder Jim Rathbone with over 40 years in the Martial Arts
Mr. Mc Candless was a student of James Mitose as well as a host of others. Shihan Doversola was a student of Mr. Mc Candless. Only a few of handpicked martial artists had a chance to train with JM when he moved to Southern California. He lived very close to Belmont high school and about a mile or two from Echo Park. Shihan Doversola's first classes were at Echo Park gym where he was teaching kenpo jiu jitsu. JM had two katas he spoke about the Old Man and the Bear kata.
BRUCE JUCHNIC- The one and only student to be taught the full art of Kosho Shorei Ryu Kempo, and its parent-art Kosho Shorei Ryu, by Great Grandmaster James M. Mitose. Juchnik Hanshi is the only person to receive Menkyo Kaiden and Inka Shomei certification in Kosho Shorei Ryu from Honorable Great Grandmaster James Mitose, who brought Kempo to the west from Japan. Naturally this is disputed.
JAMES MITOSE- (born Masayoshi Mitose, (December 30, 1916 – March 26, 1981) was a Japanese American martial artist who brought the art of Kempo to the United States starting in the early 1940s. Many Kempo teachers trace their lineage to him. Mitose was and remains a controversial figure in the history of Kempo in America. He was convicted of murder and extortion in 1974 and died in 1981 while serving his sentence in Folsom Prison due to complications from diabetes.
JAY T. WILL- (March 10, 1942 - March 15, 1995) was an American martial artist. He trained under Ed Parker in American Kenpo and was promoted to the rank of 8th degree black belt. He was well known as a tournament competitor and especially as a referee (he was PKA Referee of the Year in 1982 and 1983, and Karate International magazine's "Referee of the Decade"), and a media commentator on martial arts competitions.