APSK History

APSK Martial Arts History

Late in 1994 MJ Shaw moved to Mesa, Arizona and opened the first Arizona Shaolin Kenpo Academy. Master Tony Sandoval and The Sandoval Karate Kobudo Federation.

In early 1997 Master Shaw was approached by Larry Naranaho and asked to continue his studies under his direction. Larry was the senor student under Master Tony Sandoval and the Sandoval Karate Kobudo Federation. Master Shaw continued his studies with Larry for the next couple of years. He was awarded his 2nd degree Black Belt from the Sandoval Karate Kobudo Federation.

Soke Robert R. Bugh and The Shebu Ryu Aiki-Turi-te Jujutsu Kobujutsu Asssociation

From 2000 to 2004 Master Shaw continued to study with Larry, but also studied at numerous seminars with a wide variety of styles. During this time, he met Master Albert Fabian the senor student of Soke Robert R. Bugh. Master Fabian spent the next year teaching Shebu Ryu Aiki-turi-te Jujutsu Kobujutsu at The Arizona Shaolin Kenpo Academy. In 2006 Master Shaw was asked to test with the Shebu Ryu Aiki-turi-te Jujutsu Kobujutsu association. Master Shaw was promoted to his 4th degree Black Belt.

Grandmaster George Lim and The Lim Hawaii Kenpo Federation

During this time Master Shaw met Grandmaster George Lim from Lim Hawaii Kenpo Federation. Master Shaw and his students took seminars and attended Belt Promotions given by the Lim Kenpo Federation. Master Shaw was asked by Grandmaster Lim to teach at the gathering of the Master’s Seminar that Grandmaster Lim hosted each year. Master Shaw was honored to get the chance to teach Martial Artists from all over the world. He was also very honored to be promoted by Grandmaster Lim to the rank of 5th degree Black Belt in 2007. This had very special meaning to Master Shaw. Not only was Grandmaster Lim promoting him, but also it was done at the gathering of the Master’s, which was attended and blessed by the late Grandmaster Sijo Adriano Emperado. Master Shaw continues to maintain a great relationship with Grandmaster Lim and the Lim Hawaii Kenpo Federation.

Master Sam F.S Chin from The Chin Family Iliqbhuan association.

Also during this time Master Shaw met Master Sam F.S Chin from the Chin Family Iliqbhuan Association. APSK hosted Master Chin’s workshops and seminars for the next six years. Although Master Shaw spent very little time with Master Chin, his Tai Chi and Zen principles changed Master Shaw. He learned how to be more aware. He understood how to combine the internal and the external into a more effective self-defense combination.

Master Shaw realized, because of his varied wealth of experience and his dedication in seeking the ultimate fighting system, that each fighting system they had studied offered something unique. Each also had its glaring weaknesses that could make a fighter vulnerable. Master Shaw concluded that, there were only four ways of fighting.

  1. Kicking (with foot, leg, knee, shin). This will keep distance from the opponent.
  2. Striking with your hands or use of any part of the arms, elbows, forearms, etc.
  3. Felling – this is to trap, break, throw, or knock an opponent off his feet. This includes tripping, pulling, pushing, shoving, or scooping him.
  4. Grappling – by either wrestling, holding, breaking, and locking bones or joints against nerve centers.

APSK Martial Arts philosophy dictates that the ultimate in self-defense lay not in one way or style of fighting. By combining the “Four Ways of Fighting” we devised and developed ways to integrate diverse methods of fighting into one, eliminating weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

“APSK Martial Arts uses the fast and direct, straight line approach of the American, Japanese, and Polynesian Kenpo styles and mixes it with the circular movements of the Shaolin Kung Fu. In addition to teaching self defense, APSK Martial Arts has proven itself to have the modern day advantage that helps our students to achieve success and become a leader in all areas of their life.”

This is the central theory and method behind APSK Martial Arts. This fighting system is the backbone of the APSK Martial Arts system. APSK feels that this is the best for promoting overall good health, wisdom and longevity. This system is well balanced, incorporating mind, body and spirit into one real fighting system. APSK is renowned for its devastating kicking and punching techniques. It incorporates the movements of five animals: Tiger, Crane, Dragon, Snake, and Leopard. The APSK Martial Arts theory of fighting is based on circular movements, speed, conditioning, and developing strong internal energy, tendons, and ligaments. These are essential for producing a superior fighter.

APSK system also incorporates the venerable art of Chin Na. It is the form of neutralizing an opponent, utilizing holding, seizing, locking, throwing, felling and delivering controlled pain. No other martial art gives such control over an attacker.

The masters of APSK are pioneers of martial arts in the Western World. They have enhanced the martial arts, directing it to better understand how to combine the internal and the external into a more effective self-defense combination.

Also because of Master Shaw’s friendship with Grand Master Lim, he has had the opportunity to work with other great Grand Master’s and Master Instructors. One of the great Grand Masters is Grand Master Olohe Solomon Kaihewalu. From 2009 to 2012, Master Shaw has been allowed to to provide the dojo for GM Solomon Kaithewalu’s seminars in Arizona.

Master Shaw sincerely gives thanks to all of the Great Masters and Grand Masters that have allowed him to participate in there family martial arts.