From Our Editors
Through they only teach one style of martial arts, TKO San Jose’s instructors work from a broad curriculum. The made-in-America art of kajukenbo combines the best parts of five different disciplines. Fighters fling feet in karate-inspired kicks, deriving their lightning-fast fistwork from Japanese kenpo and Chinese kung fu. The leg sweeps and throws of judo allow practitioners to take down much larger opponents, coupling well with the joint locks and manipulations of jiu-jitsu, which immobilize an opponent without throwing blows.
Inside the studio, black-belted instructors—from first through eighth degree—coach students of all ages in each in the five aspects of their art. Boiled-down martial-arts programs teach women essential self-defense strategies, and weapons training sessions arm students with the knowledge to effectively use a bo staff to defend themselves, most often by whittling it down to an actual bow and firing arrows from a safe distance.