We train in various martial arts in a family-like atmosphere. The basis of our training is Kajukenbo, which consists of Tang Soo Do, Judo, Jujitsu, Kenpo and Chinese Boxing. We have also incorporated Shotokan, Wado Ryu, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jujitsu, and Chi Kung.
Chief Instructor, Sifu Daniel Shioi
Daniel’s martial arts training began in 1971 with Tae Kwon Do, in which he trained with Kim’s Tae Kwon Do, Minn’s Tae Kwon Do, and Ji Sung Tae Kwon Do. At the same time, he also trained under Professor Martin Buell with “Godin’s Kempo” and with JIKC (Japan International Karate Center). He later trained under Shihan Hirano (8th degree Wado Ryu) and became a full time instructor with JIKC. He spent over 10 years in total with JIKC in Hawaii.
During the eighties, Daniel trained in Shotokan under Sensei Kenneth Funakoshi for 4 years at the Manoa Branch of the Karate Association of Hawaii. By the time Sensei Funakoshi closed the Manoa Branch, Daniel had moved up the ranks quickly enough to earn his brown belt in Karate. Afterwards, Daniel started training in boxing at Kalakaua Gym. While sparring in the ring, he caught the eye of Al Ramirez, who became Daniel‘s boxing trainer for 6 years.
Later in the nineties, Daniel pursued another Martial Art that was gaining popularity at that time: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He began Jiu-Jitsu training under Paul Ano and joined a Jiu-Jitsu club in Kaneohe. He then switched over to another Jiu-Jitsu school, Nova Uniao, and trained there under John Lewis. For 61/2 years, Daniel also trained with “San Sei Bu”, a school headed by one of Professor Edmund Louis’ black belts. After spending many years training in various styles, Daniel joined Kempo Unlimited, under Sifu Tommy Lam. He credits this school with refining his Kickboxing and Jiu-Jitsu skills.
Eventually, Daniel found his home school at Hawaiian Kajukenbo Association, where he successfully earned his black belt in Kajukenbo. He trained directly under Grand Master George Iversen, who supported Daniel’s goals and desire to open his own school. After Iversen passed away, co-founder Frank Ordonez took Daniel under his wing.
Overall, Daniel has trained in different styles and holds two black belt ranks, two brown belt ranks and many other belt ranks from various schools. However, he still considers Kajukenbo to be his Base system. With over thirty years of expereience in martial arts, Daniel Shioi is more than qualified to teach martial arts with his own personal touch.