Black Robe: The Kempo/Kajukenbo Connection is a publication of Hawaii martial artist David Tavares' 46 year journey in the Kempo system. It entails the beginnings of his instructor (Joe Emperado's most prized warrior) Professor Walter L.N. Godin's Kajukenbo training, but most importantly describes in detail the nearly sixty year unsolved murder mystery of his instructor, Joe Emperado. The chapter describes the events that led up to the fight, the narration of the altercation as told to the Hawaii detectives by the assailants and the eye witnesses. And the aftermath of the fight as well as the court's verdict. For many years, the story has been a void and a missing piece to the Kajukenbo puzzle. And will now be told by facts in police transcripts.
It also discusses the other four co-founders (and a lost legacy of a sixth founder) of the Kajukenbo system who played an important role in starting and developing Kajukenbo and giving a little more detail of these men's martial arts history.
The last chapter of the book shows illustrated self-defense techniques from Kempo and Kajukenbo practitioners from the U.S mainland and Hawaii.
A must read for any Kempo/Kajukenbo artist who want to know know the missing history of Kempo/Kajukenbo.
FROM THE FOREWORD:
"A warrior in his right, the author David Tavares has spent untold hours researching documents, interviewing honorable martial artist and using Professor Godin's own words to compile this informative, yet potentially controversial book. A must read for the serious martial artist who wants to be educated in Kempo/Kajukenbo history."
Eugene R. Sedeno
Senior Grandmaster, Kajukenbo
David Tavares is an 8th Degree Tavares Chinese Kempo/ 8th Degree Ordonez Kajukenbo Ohana. He started his martial arts training in June 1971 at the Godin’s School of Self-Defense Pacific Palisades branch in Pearl City, Hawaii.
Hawaii Kempo 10th Degree History Poster