Hand to Hand Kajukenbo

Hand to Hand empowers and positively transforms individuals and communities to create a peaceful and just society through martial arts and self defense.

About Hand to Hand

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Hand to Hand provides traditional martial arts training and self-defense classes. The center was founded in 1980 by Professor Coleen Gragen and remains under the leadership of Chief Instructor Sonya Richardson. We teach adults of all genders and are affiliated with the Kajukenbo Association of America.The Martial Arts Program provides training in the eclectic art of Kajukenbo. Students of this art develop excellent body conditioning, power, balance, and fluidity of movement. Training at Hand to Hand includes the study of basic techniques, traditional forms, fighting strategy, practical self defense, and weapons practice.The rigorous training is conducted in a supportive environment, where personal integration of the physical, spiritual, and mental aspects of the art is emphasized. Ancient and modern training methods are combined towards reaching the goals of integration of mind, body, and spirit and practical self-defense preparation.

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Beginners Classes


Interested in martial arts or in exploring a new martial art? Come try out our beginners classes in the eclectic art of Kajukenbo. This class is appropriate for those who have never trained in a martial art before or do not have rank in Kajukenbo.

Fall 2024 Beginners Series starts October 1! Email [email protected] for more information or register here.

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New Community Safety Skills Workshop

What is community safety in the world we are living in today? What does it mean to assert ourselves, set clear boundaries, and protect ourselves and our communities in current conditions?

Hand to Hand Kajukenbo Self Defense Center is offering a self defense class that will support our individual and collective exploration of these questions. Saturday May 13th, 11am – 2:30pm (PST).

Please email our director at selfdefense@handtohandkajukenbo.com for more information.