The style of Chinese
Kempo-Karate taught at Fullen’s School of Self
is directly descended from the Chinese Kempo developed by Professor Walter
L.N. Godin. Godin began his martial arts training at the age of 12 when he
began training in Judo. Four years later, at the age of 16 Godin began
training with William “Thunderbolt” Chow in Chow’s Kempo-jujitsu.
Then, at 18 he left Chow to begin his training in Kajukenbo with Adriano and
Joseph Emperado. In 1959/60 he worked with Victor “Sonny” Gascon
to develop the Karazenpo Go Shinjutsu. Then, in 1961, after receiving his 5th
degree black belt in Kajukenbo, Godin opened the first Godin’s School of Self
in Kaimuki, HI. Godin also spent some time training in Hawaiian
Lua with Brother Abe Kamahoahoa. In 1974 Walter Godin was awarded his
Professorship (7th Degree) by Grandmaster William Chow.
Martin Buell began training
in Kempo under Thomas Young in 1955 and a couple of years later started
training in the Kajukenbo system under Sijo Emperado and Alehu Reyes. Buell
went with Walter Godin in 1961 to train at Godin’s School of Self
Buell was awarded his black belt by Godin in 1966. Buell eventually assumed
control of Godin’s Schools and in 1981 he founded the Universal Kempo
Karate Schools Association®.
Jesse Manegdeg first trained in
kung fu, then in 1977 began his training in Chinese Kempo with Instructor
Buell at the Godin’s School of Self
and stayed with Buell through the creation of the Universal Kempo Karate
Schools Association. He was promoted to black belt in 1980 by (then 5th
degree) Martin Buell. Instructor Manegdeg opened the Peterson AFB branch of
the UKKSA in Colorado
Springs, CO, where David Fullen began training in Chinese Kempo
in 1987. Fullen was awarded his black belt by Instructor Manegdeg and
Professor Buell in 1992. Fullen continued to train under Instructor Manegdeg
until he left the UKKSA in 1994.
In 1996, Fullen opened the
Fullen’s School of Self
in Dallas, TX teaching the Chinese Kempo-Karate.
Fullen also trained in the
Kajukembo Self Defense Systems from 2002 to 2004 under Professor Richard
Peralta, who awarded him a 2nd degree in Kajukembo.
Although influenced by a
couple of years of Tai Chi training in the mid 1970’s under Sifu Beth
Johnson, unofficial training in Tae Kwon Do in the mid 1980’s, and the
Kajukembo training under Professor Peralta, Fullen’s Chinese
Kempo remains firmly based on the teachings of Professor Walter Godin.
With my first Kempo teacher, Instructor Manegdeg in
With Prof. Buell when I received my black belt in
With Prof. Godin at his seminar in N.Y. in 2000.