My name is Sifu Glenwood McGeorge, owner and Chief instructor at Trident Martial Arts Academy. I would like to personally welcome you to the internationally recognized Hawaiian self-defense Martial Art of Kajukenbo Tum Pai. A three pronged approach to holistic self-defense utilizing the skills of striking, grappling, and stick & bladed weapons training. I have been training in the martial arts since 1993 and would love a chance to share the knowledge that I have worked so hard for, and have been so blessed to learn.
Like most things in Hawaii (music, food, dance, culture, etc.) everything is blended and infused into something new and its own. Kajukenbo is a true mixed martial art and is not immune to this concept, and has a vastly eclectic curriculum developed in Hawaii by five masters of their own respective arts in the late 1940's post WWII. The name itself is a portmanteau word that encompasses the arts of Karate (Ka), Judo & Hawaiian Jujutsu (Ju), Kenpo (Ken), and Western & Chinese Boxing (Bo). Kajukenbo from its inception has always included the Filipino martial arts (FMA) as part of its curriculum as well. These arts create the base of what Kajukenbo was founded on. In the 1970's, Grandmaster Jon Loren started to include yielding elements and principles from the internal Chinese arts of Tai Chi Chuan & Southern Sil Lum into the Kajukenbo he had learned. This came to be known as the Tum Pai branch of Kajukenbo, the only soft or internal branch of the arts. To read more about Kajukenbo, visit our links section.
Along with being A certified 2nd degree black belt instructor in Kajukenbo Tum Pai, I hold the individualized ranks of 4th kyu blue belt in Kodekan Judo, and Faixa Azul (blue belt) in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I have cross trained in Wing Chun, Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan, Hsing I, Bruce Lee's art of Jeet Kune Do, and FMA stick & bladed weaponry. Combined, these arts have all largely impacted my expression of the martial arts as a whole, and have continued the original intent of the Kajukenbo founders by continuing to evolve the art of Kajukenbo.
At the core of our mission is two principles: Ohana & Kokua. We aim to create a community of martial artists centered in Ohana (family), with the spirit of Kokua (sacrificial help or mutual benefit) so that when the tide waters rise, all ships sail. A fighter trains to gain skills and techniques for a fight. A martial artist trains as a way of life to hone and perfect not just their skill set, but themselves as a whole. I firmly believe in the martial arts as a means to becoming a better, stronger, healthier, more focused & more confident version of your former self. I also believe that the martial arts is for everyone regardless of age, sex, or physical ability. Everyone has the capacity to learn and grow.....all you have to do is be willing to step on the mat and try.