What is Chinese kempo? - a recently resurfaced copy of the Tavares Chinese Kempo School presentations titled "What is Chinese Kempo".
"A true man can build a solid foundation in life with the bricks thrown at him by his enemies."
"You were born an original, don't die a copy." - David Tavares
Exclusive interview with Hawaiian Kempo martial artist and author David Tavares about his book "Black Robe: The Kempo/Kajukenbo Connection" ($25) available on Amazon and published by KRG Publishing.
David shares some of his personal moments from his time training with Professor Godin as well as some advice for other martial artists, young and old.
Video edited by Zach Royer.
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.
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.
Click here to order Black Robe: The Kempo/Kajukenbo Connection by David Tavares.
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