Professor Eugene Sedeño

Grand Master Eugene Sedeño

August 31, 1952, HONOLULU, HAWAII

San (3rd) DAN, Shidou-in in Okinawa Kobudo
Go (5th) DAN Kenpo Karate, IKKA

Ku (9th) DAN, Grand Master in SHAOLIN KENPO
Ku (9th) DAN, Senior Grand Master in KAJUKENBO

Ju (10th) Dan, Professor in CHINESE KEMPO
Shihan, Master of KOSHO SHOREI KENPO

GM Sedeño started boxing and Judo with Mr. Raymond Yee at the age of ten in Kalihi Valley, Oahu.  At the age of 12 when he moved to Kaimuki he started in Kajukenbo with Professor Walter Leo Niakala Godin a black belt of Sijo Emperado. 

Eugene stayed with him and his assistant Mr. Tony Cambra until he moved to Waianae in 1967.  In Waianae he started training with Mr. John Makepa and Brother Abe Kamahoahoa, students of Professor William Kwai Sun Chow.  While in high school he met Professor Rick Alemany in Waianae. He has been teaching with and for him ever since. 

Eugene received his first Black belt from Grand Master Brother Abe Kamahoahoa in Waianae, Hawaii in 1970. He also received a Black Belt from Professor Walter L. N. Godin with an extra certificate from his school at the Palama Settlement.

In 1980, he won the Chinese Martial Arts Association’s and the International Kung Fu Association’s Competitor of the Year Awards.  His last major win, prior to retiring from competition, was at the 1984 International Karate Championships, where he took first place in the Masters/Instructor Division in Kenpo Kata.  Eugene was also a private student of Edmund K. Parker and was promoted by him on November 20, 1980 to the rank of 5thdegree Black Belt.

On May 7,1999, the Great Grand Master Ralph Castro promoted him to the rank of 7th degree Black Belt with the title of Professor in the International Shaolin Kenpo Association.  

On August 18, 2005 he was promoted to the rank of 9th degree Black Belt, with the title of Grand Master, in Shaolin Kenpo by Senior Grand Master Rick Alemany. 

On June 17, 1996 he was promoted by the International Okinawa Kobudo Association, USA to the rank of Sandan by Shihan Mikio Nishiuchi of Kochi, Japan.

On June 12, 2007 he was promoted to 9th degree Red Belt with Silver Trim and with the title of Grand Master by Sijo Adriano D. Emperado in 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 on March 15, 1981.

On November 5, 2019 I was promoted to 10thdegree Black Belt in Godin’s Kula Ona Kupale Chinese Kempo by Professor John Hackleman. In the presents of Professor Walter L. N. Godin’s daughter Delilah.

He has been teaching since 1969, and currently instructs at Sedeño’s School of Self Defense in Albuquerque, NM.

Some of My Martial Arts Achievements:

2020 Recognized in Chuck Norris Second Edition of the Martial Arts Masters and Pioneers Biography Book, Who’s Who in the Martial Arts

2020 National Sport Karate Museum, History General Award

2019 Portugal, Hall of Fame, Platinum Lifetime Achievement Award 

2008 Masters Hall of Fame, Platinum Life Achievement Award

2007 Charter Member of Kenpo International Hall of Fame

2002 Masters Hall of Fame, Golden Life Achievement Award

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. Mitoses book “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 Martial Arts Alliance

American Teachers Association of Martial Arts

Kajukenbo Self Defense Institute

Kajukenbo Ohana Association

International Shaolin Kenpo Association

Okinawa Kobudo Association, USA

Sei Kosho Shorei Kai