This page is dedicated to my teacher, the late Grand
Master Richard L. Peralta, the man who gave me Kajukembo.
On Friday, October 28, 2005, Our Grand Master Richard Peralta
passed away after suffering a severe stroke and heart attack. He left with us a
legacy that is instilled in our hearts, minds and souls. GM Peralta was a man
who led by example and not just words. He was a humble man who valued friendship
and would give the shirt off his back to help someone and not expect anything in
return. To be accepted as a student of GM Peralta meant you were adopted into
his family and he would not only teach you his art, but lead you through life,
building a relationship that only a parent could understand. He was not just our
teacher, he was our friend, mentor and dad.
Grand Master Peralta spent the last several years perfecting his concepts and
applications to the Original Method he learned from his teacher, the late GGM
Aleju Reyes. Known for his lightning fast hands, Grand Master Peralta added his
own flavor to Kajukembo to create an explosive and effective method of
application by shortening the moves and moving efficiently while using his
entire body to generate power at short ranges.
As we move forward, our goals go beyond keeping his martial spirit alive in
Kajukembo Self-Defense Systems, we will aspire to embrace his spirit of giving
and helping. Our lives are better because Grand Master Richard Peralta was our
friend and surrogate father. We can only hope to have as positive and fulfilling
May he rest in peace.......................salute, ley