Kajukenbo History

Kajukenbo was developed as a realistic street fighting/self defense system combining the most useful aspects of the each of the five arts to create a new, eclectic, adaptive martial art. It started in the late 1940s in the Palama Settlement of Honolulu, Hawaii. The five founders of Kajukenbo formed the “Black Belt Society,” and each was expert in a different style:

  • Peter Y. Y. Choo – Tang Soo Do Karate

  • Joe Holck – Judo

  • Frank Ordonez – Jujitsu

  • Adriano Emperado – Kenpo

  • Clarence Chang – Kung Fu (Chinese boxing)

Seven Star History

Sifu Michelle Training

Sifu Michelle Training

Seven Star Women’s Kung Fu was founded  in 1981 by Anne Moon. Her student, Michelle McVadon, became head instructor in 1995.   Sigung Michelle McVadon and Sifu Allyson Riley have been Co-chief Instructors since 2016.

Seven Star has been teaching Kajukenbo and self defense in the Seattle community for over a third of a century. In the early years of the organization, classes were held in community centers, rented space, or in shared spaces with other martial arts schools.  In 2000, through the efforts of an extensive capital campaign and grants, Seven Star purchased our current building in Seattle’s Central District.

Our Lineage

Saluting Grandmaster Barbara Bones

Saluting Grandmaster Barbara Bones

Our Kajukenbo lineage is as follows:

  • Adriano Emperado (founder of Kajukenbo)

  • Charles Gaylord

  • Gabe Vargas

  • Rich Mainenti

  • Barbara Bones

  • Anne Moon

  • Michelle McVadon

  • Allyson Riley