history of our system of martial arts only goes
back over 25 years. But the original systems that
are in the mix go back 1000's of years. First, a
brief explanation of which styles have contributed
to the creation of Koden Kan Martial Arts under
Professor Michael M. Foley:
Rocate Martial Art - Once known as Koden
Kan Karate in Hawaii under Grandmaster Roger B.
Callejo. Prof Foley studied under Grandmaster Callejo
for four years while stationed in Hawaii with the
25th Inf. Div., US Army. He left Hawaii in 1980
with a 2nd Degree Black Belt in this system. Taking
advantage of living in Hawaii, he also studied several
other diverse forms of Martial Arts.
2. Shoto-Kan Karate - Under the renowned 8th Dan, Nishimura Sensei, Prof. Foley developed strong and powerful
traditional Japanese Karate technique to add to his growing martial art arsenal.
Kyokushin Kai Karate - Under the watchful
eye of Bobby Lowe in Hawaii and the world famous
Masutatsu Oyama in Japan, Foley learned more about
sheer, raw power than he ever knew existed.
Ju-jitsu/Judo - Again,
while stationed in Hawaii, He studied with some of the
best instructors of Judo and Ju-jitsu. Professors Francisco
"Cisco" Limbago in Waianae, Antone Gonzalez, Jack Wheat
and later in California Prof. Bernard Baptiste and Prof.
Wally Jay. All of these gentlemen trained under the legendary
founder of Koden Kan/Danzan Ryu Jiu-jitsu, Professor Henry
Seishiro Okazaki. The Prof. established the AJI or American
Ju-jitsu Institute, which is still in existence today.
It is the oldest Martial Art organization outside of Japan.
We have been affiliated with
the AJI for over 25 years.
Aikido - He also studied Aikido at the Pearl
City Aikido Academy while stationed in Hawaii. Other
styles Prof. Foley was fortunate enough to study for different
periods of time:
Shito-Ryu - Prof. studied under Chuzo Kotaka. A Shito-ryu practitioner is a person who is able to concentrate on cultivating oneself to become a well-rounded, respectful individual who exercises good manners in all situations, with self-discipline and respect, who is able to assume accountability for one's actions, and to keep one's integrity as to set an example for others. This motto can be followed by all Karate Practitioners.
- Hawaii with Prof. Emperado
- Tae Kwon do - Hawaii with Master Kim
- Kick boxing
- Hawaii with Dana Goodson and Thailand
with Coach Pyong
Chuan Fa - California with Bruce Juchni
observation of our style will show a very well thought
out, organized, structured, scientific yet effective martial
art utilizing elements from many different systems. There
are techniques from Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Ju-jitsu,
Aikido, Kick boxing, Kajukenbo, Kenpo, and others. There
are even some applications taken from the Chinese martial
art; Gung Fu.