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Grand Master Robert New
Grand Master
Wai Pahu
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Grand Master Robert L. New
KOA Vice President 2015
Kajukenbo Grand Master

Martial Art Biography Grandmaster Robert L. New


Robert New began learning the basic martial arts skills under his father, Fook Chun New (1960-1964). Seeing his son’s progression, Fook Chun sought the help of a friend, Sensei Lowell K. Lum (5th DAN) to teach Robert the art of Kyokushinkai and Shorei-Ryu-Kenpo. Robert earned his Brown Belt while training with Sensei Lum (1964-1966). Later, Robert began training under Sensei Tommy Tomotsugu Morita (9th DAN) in 1966. He was an avid boxing champion on the Big Island in 1941 and became a student of Sensei Henry Sishiro Okazaki (Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu), Joe Emperado (Kajukenbo), McKenzie (Kajukenbo), Professor William K.S. Chow (Chinese Kara-Ho Kempo Karate), and Sensei Masichi Oshiro (student of Professor Chow). Sensei Morita continued to study other martial systems before settling down at the Nuuanu YMCA teaching Chito-Ryu, Matsubayashi Ryu, and Shiden Ryu (founder). Robert continued to study under Sensei Morita for 34 years (1966 – 2000) receiving his 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th Dan.


Robert enlisted in the U.S. Air Force (1972) and opened his first official martial arts school at Williams AFB in Arizona. At a 1973 tournament in Phoenix, Arizona Robert met Grandmaster Robert Trias who presented him the Grand Champion Tournament Trophy for Kumite and Kata. A special friendship developed between the two of them as Robert continued learning, but this time it was how to become a better teacher and instructor. Grandmaster Trias also introduced him to Hapkido Grandmaster Bong-Soo Han (8th DAN) who became the inspiration in pushing Robert to the limits of “mind over matter”.


The U.S. Air Force transferred Robert to Kadena AB in Okinawa (1974). Taking advantage of the culture, Robert continued to study the Japanese arts of Judo, Kendo, Aikido and Matsubayashi Ryu under O-Sensei Shoshin Nagamine. O-Sensei Nagamine retired as the Superintendent for the Naha Police Department and would utilize the Naha Police Station where most of my training was conducted with police officers. As a student of O-Sensei Nakamine for the next six years, Robert would also train at the O-Sensei Nagamine’s dojo which led him to achieve his 2nd and 3rd Dan. While in Okinawa, Robert put together a Martial Art’s Team which consisted of various (military) armed forces personnel. They participated in international competitions promoting “goodwill” between the U.S. Military Community and Foreign Countries. With the help of U.S. Air Force TSGT Lambert Balanon (Kajukenbo – Hilo, Hawaii), the Martial Art’s Team dominated majority of the tournaments throughout Southeast Asia. Robert also became a three time all Asia Full Contact Champion. Throughout his military career in Southeast Asia, Robert continued to learn martials arts from various teachers. In Ching Chuan Kang (CCK) AFB he studied Kung-fu under Sifu Ang Lee from Taichong (Taiwan). In Andong (Korea) he became an affiliate to Hapkido Bong-Soo Han’s school and in Angeles City (Philippines) he learned the art of knife/stick fighting from a local Grandmaster. Robert also trained military forces and worked closely with the Special Forces Units on “tactical combat fighting” (1976-Present) as a military member and civilian consultant. He was deployed numerous times to Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan as a DOD Civilian (2003-2009). After Sensei T. Morita’s passing in 2000, Robert was invited to become a member of Kajukenbo SGM Al Dela Cruz Family by his brother, Professor Nelson New. That same year he finally met Sijo Adriano Emperado and Co-Founder Frank Ordonez. The three of them bonded together, and both Sijo Adriano Emperado and Co-Founder Frank Ordonez as intrigued by Robert’s teaching.  At the opening of the Waipahu School in Waipahu, Oahu, partners GM Sixto Ramos and Professor’s Nelson New and Gerry Scott asked Robert to help teach the children and adult classes.  The school grew to be around a hundred students.  Many friends visited often to watch and talk stories; Adriano Emperado, Co-Founder Frank Ordonez, SGM Joe Halbuna, GM Al Dela Cruz, GM Henry Mandac, GM Curtis Arrayan, Master Mike Young, and Sensei Tony Troche.  Robert was promoted by Sijo Adriano Emperado and GM Sixto Ramos to 7th Red and Black Belt (2001). He was later promoted to 8th Red with Black Border Belt (2003) by Sijo Adriano Emperado and GM Al Dela Cruz. Kajukenbo Co-Founder Frank F. Ordonez promoted Robert and awarded him the rank of Grandmaster 9th Red/Silver Belt on December 2, 2008.


Robert is an accomplished instructor with schools in the United States, Japan, Kuwait, Spain, Africa and India. His classes average 50+ students per class and have produced top competitors both at the national and international tournaments. Other instructors to his list include Huk Hu (Black Tiger) Gung Fu - Sifu Herbert Luke, Hung Gar (Tiger/Crane) Kung Fu – Sifu Buck Sam Kong, and Sil Lum Fut Ga (Shaolin Buddha Style) Kung Fu – Sifu Arthur Lee.