At TKFMMA, our main curriculum focuses on Wu Hun Dao Kung Fu, a branch of Kajukenbo/Wun Hop Kuen Do.
Wu Hun Dao
Wu Hun Dao (Way of the Martial Spirit in Mandarin), is Sifu Jason Goldsmith’s personal method of Wun Hop Kuen Do (WHKD). Classes at Tactical Kung Fu and Mixed Martial Arts are based on the core WHKD requirements and emphasize street-based applications of those requirements. We teach how to adapt the techniques learned to a variety of situations while being spontaneous when fighting--using the requirements as building blocks instead of canon. The classes also add extensive extra grappling, building upon the foundation of Judo and Ju-Jitsu that is present in the system. The weapons component is similarly expanded, with the additional of further Escrima (Filipino Stick Fighting), and a new, still developing, Western Martial Arts program.
Wun Hop Kuen Do and Kajukenbo
Wun Hop Kuen Do (WHKD) Kung Fu, which means "combination fist art style", was founded by Sifu Al Dacascos in 1969. WHKD)is a style of KAJUKENBO that incorporates Chinese and Filipino martial arts into the traditional KAJUKENBO system. KAJUKENBO is a composite system of martial arts that was formed between 1947-1949 by grandmasters from various forms of martial arts. Mr. P.Y.Y. Choo brought karate to the system (KA). Mr. Frank Ordonez brought Ju-Jitsu, while Mr. J. Holck contributed Judo (JU-JU-Jitsu). Professor Adriano D. Emperado, the only remaining founder of the system, contributed Kenpo (KEN), as well as the Filipino fighting arts. Professor C. Chang contributed the boxing (BO) aspects of the art, including both western boxing and Chinese boxing, more commonly called Kung Fu.
As a composite system, KAJUKENBO sought to adapt and combine martial arts styles to create an all-inclusive system that could be effective in any street scenario. Sifu Al Dacascos took this further, incorporating significantly more Kung Fu elements into the system, as well as additional Filipino knife and stick fighting (known as Kali, Arnis, or Escrima). He further modified the system by incorporating 25 unique fighting principles to help consolidate combat knowledge into a common language that can be discussed and referred to in class. Finally, Sifu Al Dacascos further emphasized practically in his style, resulting in a system that prides itself on being reliable and practical in real-life encounters.
Wun Hop Kuen Do means “Combination Fist Art” in Cantonese, and it is a practical, street-based style of kung fu that focuses on developing you into a complete martial artist that is able to express your personal creativity as a martial artist. It is often described as a “system without a system” and we believe that your training should always strive to be “practical, effective, and realistic.” The art seeks to adapt to any situation and incorporate new techniques and methodologies as they are encountered by practitioners. Within this framework, the style still maintains it traditional roots in Kung Fu, teaching the "ways to preserve rather than destroy", and seeking to instill a respect for humankind and sense of calm that should be present in any true martial artist.
Traditional WHKD instruction is based around a set of requirements: blocks, strikes, holds, locks, throws, combinations, setups, history, and fighting principles that are contained in a red binder affectionately referred to as the "Redbook". The Redbook contains the list of requirements needed for each rank in the system. Next to each listed requirement is a description of the technique, to aid the student in study outside of class, and a place where the instructor may "sign off' the technique--a form of evaluation used to determine whether the technique is performed by the student at a level suitable for testing. When all the requirements of a given rank are signed off, the student may test for the next belt. The ranking system in WHKD is: white, yellow, orange, purple, blue, green, brown, and degrees of black. Red belts, which signify assistant instructor, may also be given out under certain circumstances.