Shihan Ronald Moku Alo Founder Alo Kenpo Karate Association

      *Shihan Ronald Moku Alo, born January 1, 1937, began his study with Professor Chow in January, 1953, at the age of 16. Shihan Alo was a very quick study and devoted student. On January 15, 1955, Professor W. K. S. Chow certified and notarized Shihan Ron Alo to the rank of 2nd degree black belt (nidan) in Chow Kara-ho Kenpo. According to Shihan Julie Alo-Cromwell, Shihan Ron Alo was the only certified instructor in existence within this system in the United States. Master Trias, founder of the United States Karate Association (USKA) in 1946, met in the early 1960s with Shihan Alo to exchange ideas. Shihan Alo was awarded a black belt from Master Trias in 1962 through the USKA. In 1964, Shihan Alo moved to San Diego, California, to become a hand-to-hand combat instructor for the United States Marine Corps until 1968. This is where Professor Stan Mattson met Shihan Alo and started training with him. Shihan Alo was a 2nd degree black belt (nidan) with the USKA and was that organiČzation's military representative. From 1964 to 1973, he preferred teaching Chow Kara-ho Kenpo, but after 1965 began stressing the inclusion of kata, including three weapons kata (forms) in his curriculum so that his students could compete in USKA tournaments in areas other than sparring (kumite). Shihan Alo received his 5th degree black belt (godan) in 1974 from Robert Trias (USKA) and his master rank (shihan) of 7th degree black belt (shichidan) certificate from Ed Parker (IKKA) in 1987.

       In June, 1969, Shihan Alo formed the Alo Kenpo-Karate Association (AK-KA) in Anaheim, California. Almost simultaneously, he began significantly expanding the criteria to include elements of many arts not directly kara-ho or even kenpo related, particularly kata. AK-KA was devised by many martial arts systems. According to Shihan Alo, "The Chow Kara-ho Kenpo system kata (forms) were similar to Tai Chi. Professor Chow had a kata of 180 movements which is forgotten and lost to the world today." Shihan Alo, being an admirer of both Nishiyama and Oyama studied to learn the Pinan kata.

      Shihan Alo also added the best of various Japan, Okinawa and China systems, and in the late 1960s with modifications, developed what is known as the 20 kata (forms) of the Alo Kenpo-Karate Association. The interaction of a number of martial arts systems can be seen in the basics, kata, and self-defense drills. The techniques called fighting drills were formulated in 1971 to expedite teaching since westerners could learn faster with American physics and orienČtal theory. Shihan Alo explained, "Since I deal with the physical, mental and spiritual, it was easier to create a simplified method of teaching." This textbook represents the traditional Hawaiian Kenpo as taught by Shihan Ron Alo during this decade.

      In about 1977, Ron and his wife Julie began the arduous task of completely revising the criteria to be taught throughout the AK-KA. This was essentially completed and gradually introduced nationwide between 1983 and 1985. Shihan Julie Alo-Cromwell is currently the President (AK-KA) and Chief Instructor of the Alo Kenpo Karate Association.

      There has never been any franchising within the AK-KA system. Each person is allowed to create and expand the system, always adding new ideas but never subtracting from the foundation developed by Shihan Ron Alo. On November 22, 1989 Shihan Ron Alo was diagnosed with leukemia and died October 5, 1990.

      Shihan Ron Alo has personally ranked 20 individuals to black belt, including one female who was his wife, Shihan Julie Alo-Cromwell.

      According to Professor James Mitose (1981), "The student should train diligently with the development of the spirit as the primary aim. When the student has mastered the fundamentals of kenpo, he should experiment by himself with the object of offering practical contribuČtions to the art. Recalling the adage, 'When in Rome do as the Romans do,' Professor James Mitose hopes that eventually kenpo will be Americanized."

* William H. Marron and Crayton L. Moss, Kenpo Karate, History, Traditions & Techniques (2006) (Bethany OK: Southern Nazarene University), p.10-11.