Welcome to the Karate Institute of America

The Karate Institute of America is an open martial arts association that welcomes members from all different martial arts styles to participate in our tournaments and events.

Kajukenpo is a unique style with techniques drawn from the following disciplines:

  • 空手 Karate. Karate means empty hand. The word karate is a combination of two Japanese words represented by the Chinese characters shown: kara (first character shown), meaning empty, and te (second character). This name was developed in Okinawa to describe the martial art that developed there.

  • 柔道 Judo. Judo is a combination of Japanese words that mean “gentle way”. It is a Japanese martial art that involves using holds and leverage to unbalance the opponent.

  • 拳法 Kenpo. Kenpo is a Japanese unarmed fighting art that was brought from China to Japan. The word kenpō is Japanese: "Ken" meaning “Fist” and "Po" meaning “Method” or “Law.” In Chinese, the same characters are read as Chuan Fa, or “Kung Fu.”

  • Although not represented in the name, KI Kajukenpo also includes stylistic elements of Chinese and European boxing.