Sedeño's School of Self Defence
Professor Eugene Sedeño
Biography: Professor Eugene Sedeño
August 31, 1952, HONOLULU, HAWAII
San (3rd) DAN, Shidou-in in Okinawa Kobudo
Nana (7th) DAN, Professor in SHAOLIN KENPO
Hachi (8th) DAN, Professor in KAJUKENBO
Shihan, MASTER of KOSHO SHOREI KENPO
(CERTIFIED Instructor in all of the above)
I started boxing and Judo with Mr. Raymond Yee at the age of ten in Kalihi Valley, Oahu. When we moved to Kaimuki I started in Kajukenbo with Professor Walter Leo Niakala Godin, a black belt of Professor Adriano D. Emperado. I stayed with him and his assistant Mr. Tony Cambra until we moved to Waianae in 1964. I was 12 years old. There I started with Mr. John Makepa and Brother Abe Kamahoahoa, students of Professor William Kwai Sun Chow, a student of Professor James M. Mitose. While in high school I met Professor Rick Alemany in Waianae. I have been teaching with and for him ever since.
On December 17, 1994, I was promoted to the rank of 7th degree Black Belt, with the title of Professor, by Grand Master Rick Alemany, in the presence of Great Grand Master Ralph Castro. Then, on May 7,1999, Great Grand Master Ralph Castro promoted me to the rank of 7th degree black belt in Shaolin Kenpo, with the title of Professor in the International Shaolin Kenpo Association.
On June 20, 1999, I was promoted to 8th degree Black Belt with the title of Professor, and given Professor's Instructor certification, by Sijo Adriano Dericto Emperado. This was in the presence of co-founder Professor Joseph Holck and other senior high ranking black belts of this style at the 50th anniversary of the Kajukenbo system.
I was also the last person promoted by Great Grand Master James Masayoshi Mitose, before his death twelve days later, to the rank of Master - Ju Dan on March 15, 1981.
While living in San Francisco I had the privilege of spending many hours of discussion and practice with Paul Pong, another Kenpo practitioner from Hawaii.
On June 17, 1996, I was promoted by the International Okinawa Kobudo Association, USA, to the rank of Sandan. My sensei is Shihan Mikio Nishiuchi of Kochi, Japan.
In 1980, I won the Chinese Martial Arts Association's and the International Kung Fu Association's Competitor of the Year Awards. My last major win, prior to retiring from competition, was at the 1984 International Karate Championships, where I took first place in the Masters/Instructor Division in Kenpo Kata.
I have been teaching since 1969, and currently instruct at Sedeño's School of Self Defence, 16137 Minnetonka St, Victorville, Ca. 92392, Ph. 760-241-8553.
I hold a BSEE and am a Regional Field Engineer for Southern California Edison.
Martial Arts Achievements:
2003 Inducted into the International Hawaii Martial Arts Society Hall of Fame for Contributions to the Martial Arts 2002 Inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame with THE GOLDEN LIFE ACHIEVMENT AWARD 2002 Inducted into the World Wide Martial Arts Hall of Fame for Contributions to the Martial Arts 2000 Inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame for Contributions to the Martial Arts 1999 Recognized at Kenpo's Historic International Gathering of Eagles for Contributions to the Art
1993 Inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame as INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR
1987 Recognized in Who's Who in American Martial Arts
1984 Recognized in Knights of Heaven - Brotherhood of Martial Arts
1983 Recognized in Who's Who in Karate
1981 Recognized in James M. Mitose's What is True Self-Defense
1980 Won the Chinese Martial Arts Association's and the International Kung Fu Association's COMPETITOR OF THE YEAR awards
American Teachers Association of Martial Arts
International Shaolin Kenpo Association
Kajukenbo Self Defense Institute
Okinawa Kobudo Association, USA
Sei Kosho Shorei Kai
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