Kajukenbo Coat of Arms

Chuan Fa Gung Fu Coat of Arms

In 1959, Chuan Fa was officially incorporated into Kajukenbo. The 1965 Coat of Arms was officially changed to include the Chinese characters and symbols currently displayed on the Kajukenbo emblem.

The Chinese Characters

On the left are Chuan Fa and on the right are Gung Fu. The translation for Chuan Fa is fist way and the translation for Gung Fu is skill learned through hard practice and time.

Yin and Yang

Is the black and white symbol in the center. It represents the balance of hard and soft and the blending of the martial arts.

The Gold Circle

Around the Yin and Yang symbolizes the continuous flow called Chi or Ki meaning universe. This flow binds together the hard and soft.

The Red Octagon

Represents the eight directions of attack and defense employed in Tai Chi Chuan and Pa Kua Chuan.

The Green Reeds

Symbolize the youth of a single student, school, or organization striving upward for knowledge. The reeds point upward toward the clover with the goal of achieving purity of body, mind, and spirit. The reeds are the symbol of the Sil Lum Gung Fu System, one of the originating Kajukenbo systems. The stem on the right represents the Tiger and the left represents the Dragon. The crossing of the stems represent the Tiger and Dragon in conference.

Green and Gold

Are organizational colors blended in to make unity on the emblem??? Are organizational colors added to complete the emblem?. The green represents youth and strength, while the gold represents the richness of the martial arts.

The Five Colors

Represent the five founders of the Kajukenbo System: Adriano Emperado, Joe Holck, Clarence Chang, P.Y.Y. Choo, and Frank Ordonez. The colors are also symbolic of the five martial arts employed in Kajukenbo: Karate, Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Kenpo, and Chinese Boxing.

The White Clover

Is the original symbol for the Kajukenbo Self Defense System and its founder Adriano Emperado.


Kenpo Karate Coat of Arms

The Kenpo Karate Kajukenbo Coat of Arms was the three leaf white clover with the hand positions of the Koshoryu Kenpo Stances depicted in each leaf of the white clover.

Hand Positions

Hiken: Right fist covered with left open hand. The covered fist is symbolic of the fist being like a treasure which should not be openly displayed.

Ogamite: Palms together with fingers pointing upward. This symbol of prayer signifies deep feelings of humilty and forgiveness should the use of Kenpo become necessary.

Mute: Hands open with palms facing forward. Empty hands indicate no weapons and no ill will.

The Clover

Represents three forms of development for the student:

Spirit: Universal vitality including oneness, calmness, and balance.
Mind: Mental development including maturity, discipline, focus, perseverance, awareness, and control.
Body: Physical development of bones muscle, heart, and lungs.

Is the symbol of founder Adiano Emperado.

White in the Clover

Represents the purity of the system.

The Colors: White, Black, and Red

Are the basic colors of the Kajukenbo Coat of Arms. Each represents the basic colors of promotion within the system

White: The beginner.
Black: The graduate.
Black and Red: The master.
Red: The professor.