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« on: September 23, 2009, 01:58:30 PM »



Woof All:

We will be releasing the long secret "DBMA Vid-lesson: The Bolo Game" as a DVD. 

One reason for the secrecy is that amongst the material taught is a variation of the Kalimba Dodger and I had promised Manong Kalimba not to share what he had share with me until after his passing.  Now that he has passed, I am free to help the Art survive and reproduce.

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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2009, 02:43:50 PM »

Awesome.

A quick question. I was exposed to the concept of the kalimba at your saturday class, but is it on a dvd, and if so which one? I guess that is a couple questions...
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2009, 04:13:07 PM »

woof:

awesome! for the lurkers, this DBMAA vidlesson was previously only available to instructors!

can't wait for this to be officially released to get my copy. getting my order together to include this dvd... also going to get some flex sticks and up my training smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2009, 11:13:11 AM »

There is some very advanced material in here-- IMHO this is one of the best pieces of work I have ever put out.
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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2009, 05:32:41 PM »

nice il (we all) be waiting  grin
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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2009, 11:32:04 PM »

Next Tuesday we will finalize the conversion to DVD.  Then it will be time to do the box cover.
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2009, 05:56:22 AM »

Great news!

I was lucky enough to study with Guro Crafty at the Inosanto Academy for awhile and I remember learning the bolo game. It's a great tool to have in your toolbox, i look forward to the DVD and seeing some of the generators/training techniques being used.

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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2009, 06:47:50 AM »

And I am proud of the good use to which you have put our time together.
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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2009, 07:08:18 PM »

We finished today.  Night Owl should have the finished master for me next week, as well as the promo clip, and will send suitable fotos to Pretty Kitty for her to prepare the box cover.
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« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2009, 07:37:34 AM »

Night Owl is finalizing the edit and working on the promo clip!
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« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2009, 10:38:25 AM »

A Howl of Greeting to All:
 
The Bolo Game was originally was originally shot as an "DBMA Instructor Only Vid-Lesson". Given the very small volume of sales attendant to such a limited size "market", we kept the production budget down by shooting outside in back of "Boxing Works"-- so there is some street noise as part of the audio track.

Why have we kept this material "closed door" for all these years?
 
One reason is that one of the "games" shown in "The Bolo Game" used to set up a Bolo Game attack is one we call "the Kalimba" in homage to the man from whom I learned it.   When GT Gaje introduced me to Manong Kalimba in Bacolod in 1997 one of the conditions of the training was that I not publicly share the material until after his death.  GT Gaje informed me a couple of years ago that Manong Kalimba had passed and thus this reason was no longer in play.
 
So why did we continue to keep the material "closed door"?  The second reason is IMHO some really stellar material-- as the line from a TV western of my youth went "No brag, just fact"-- and I have wanted to keep it within the DBMA tribe to keep an advantage for us.

So what has changed?

I had only one glorious day with Manong Kalimba.  As we sat during a break eating coconuts, I offered to produce a DVD of him (actually back then it would have been a video).  He declined.  When I asked him why, he said he would not want anyone using his techniques against him or figuring out ways to counter them.
 
Here in America and elsewhere in the west people tend to have no idea just how seriously secrecy is part of the culture of the Filipino Martial Arts.  In the "look at me!" culture of youtube and the vast anonymity in which modern man so often lives, these ideas may seem quaint or deranged, but as time goes by I begin to appreciate just how extraordinary it has been of Top Dog to show what he personally does in our "Real Contract Stickfighting" series of so many years ago (1993 if I remember correctly) and to have remained the Top Dog with so many people studying him for all these years since then.  As I have pursued my life in martial arts, I begin to appreciate the risks I have taken by having allowed people to see a portion of what I do-- for unlike Top Dog my way has been one not of physical dominance, but of craftiness.
 
That said, as I have spent more years in the Art, I begin to understand more about what it takes to ensure the survival and transmission of the Art's understandings and techniques.  I see how much is being lost.  The Art has given so much to me that I have an increasing sense of having to do what I can to contribute to its survival. 
 
It is in this light that I worry that the current number of carriers of The Bolo Game is too small to ensure its survival and so I now let it out.  In return, (in addition to the cost of the DVD) I ask that people respect the work I have put into developing this distinctive body material and act in a way that the benefit accrues to me: in other words, no copying, pirating, ripping, teaching it in seminars or DVDs, etc.  Please tell me if you see someone doing any of this.  With my blessings, use if for yourself, in your school-- and please say where you got it.
 
Although the Bolo Game is a development of mine, it builds upon a Krabi Krabong based structure that in DBMA we call "The Salty Game" because it was brought to us by Salty Dog-- a key addition being the understanding of how to make the uppercut a high percentage move in the adrenal state.  This structure was then blended with the Kali triangles of the DBMA footwork matrix and the Trident Game and certain other DBMA understandings.  This DVD is perhaps the most nutritionally dense one I have ever put out.

What of the advantage held by the DBMA folks that now will be diluted?  Well, first of all, buying the DVD is one thing-- training it with me is another.  Furthermore, just as I developed the Bolo Game, I have developed other additional advantages for the DBMA tribe.  After all, I am the Crafty Dog.  It is what I do wink 

The Adventure continues!
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« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2009, 06:33:24 PM »

The promo clip is up!!!

DBMA "The Bolo Game"
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« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2009, 08:16:49 PM »

 Neat. I use this basic combination to break looping attackers in FMA and handhunters in ARMA, so the abilty to do something different strategically without seeming to do so is always handy.
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« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2009, 07:49:16 PM »

Great clip, especially the interjection of the boxing footage.  Roger Tinkoff suggests "Female-American Slap" as the modern American euphemism.
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« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2009, 10:39:12 PM »

Hat tip to Night Owl for his astute good eye with the boxing footage.

"Roger Tinkoff suggests "Female-American Slap" as the modern American euphemism."

Please tell him that is the most wickedly funny thing I have heard in a long, long time. cheesy cool
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« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2009, 11:55:00 PM »

WOOT cant wait to get a copy  grin

To bad we dident get the pleasure to see you this year in mex to train some of the basics for wene we get the dvd but thers all ways next year. 
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« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2009, 09:59:15 AM »

Looking forward to my next trip there Pau. smiley
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« Reply #17 on: December 10, 2009, 05:34:12 PM »



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« Reply #18 on: December 13, 2009, 08:59:54 AM »

this looks greats, kudos to Night Owl for another great trailer, loved the soundtrack and the boxing footage
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« Reply #19 on: December 27, 2009, 04:54:17 PM »

I am looking forward to getting this DVD. It is going to be awesome...
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« Reply #20 on: January 23, 2010, 02:56:28 PM »

This is cool! But funny and wierd...I have been using this for about 2 years now! I kinda do it by default. I was sparring with a friend and just up swung him and tagged him across the trap. Then I just kept using it...Sometimes you can stumble on a good idea just by using common sense and understanding angle of attacks. I noticed in this whole thing that angle of attack sometimes does not need to be taught to you but just a understanding is enough. However, this is great stuff here!
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« Reply #21 on: February 01, 2010, 05:58:52 PM »

The Bolo Game has arrived, to my home and have to say the hype is worth it!
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« Reply #22 on: February 10, 2010, 03:44:05 PM »

I am quite gratified to say that we have received a goodly number of comments to this effect  cool
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« Reply #23 on: February 11, 2010, 01:37:39 AM »

Can't wait to see it ! grin
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« Reply #24 on: March 19, 2010, 03:06:02 PM »

we were out on a wide creek flat with lots of willow shrubs, some up to wrist diameter, and were cutting the stems/trunks before the buds opened so the new growth would be long and flexible without any forks and branching for basketry in the future, producing nice basket material,

well while swinging the machete around i was experimenting with the stick swinging i was used to, to get the machete to cut effectively took something a little different in the arc, more of a cutting arc than i notice with a stick, and a downward swing made the trunk split more often, so i decided to try the bolo swing and it was quite fun practicing the bolo with a machete cutting stuff while getting a task done, i sure wouldn't want to get hit by a bolo swing, the force with the blade was hitting hard through the wood, it hit harder and with more cutting penetration when there was a certain proportion of relaxation in my swing, like many things having the feel for well timed and amount of tension          tim
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« Reply #25 on: September 07, 2012, 12:54:48 AM »

Big hat tip to Chaz Siangco, who brought this wonderful piece to my attention.  Note the reference to "the Battling Bolo" Elias Cantere in the closing paragraphs.  Cantere was Chaz's "lolo".
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Journal of Combative Sport, Mar 2003
Western Boxing in Hawaii: The Bootleg Era, 1893-1929

By Joseph R. Svinth, with Curtis Narimatsu, Paul Lou, and Charles Johnston

Copyright EJMAS 2003. All rights reserved.



On January 17, 1893, American settlers led by Sanford B. Dole overthrew the Hawaiian monarchy. Dole and his friends then offered the Hawaiian Islands to the United States. The US Congress wanted to accept Dole's offer, but President, Grover Cleveland was an isolationist who disliked filibustering, as causing insurrection for purposes of advancing American economic interests was then known. Consequently, the US government rejected Dole's offer. Nonplused, on July 4, 1894, Dole and his friends established the Republic of Hawaii, with Dole as its president.

Three years later, William McKinley became President of the United States.
McKinley. McKinley was an expansionist, as imperialism was then known, and so, in June 1898, the US government voted to annex Hawaii. The US Navy landed troops at Honolulu in August 1898, and Hawaiian sovereignty transferred to the United States.


Message from William McKinley nominating Sanford B. Dole as governor of Hawaii. Note the letterhead, "Executive Mansion," rather than "White House."
Courtesy the Center for Legislative Archives, National Archives and Record Administration, Anson McCook Collection of Presidential Signatures, NWL-46-MCCOOK-3(11).

From August 1898 until December 1941, the Territory of Hawaii was under joint military and civilian administration. However, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the US Army put the Territory of Hawaii under martial law. Because the Army's leadership did not trust people of Japanese ancestry, martial law did not end until October 24, 1944. To reduce the risk of undergoing extended martial law in future, Hawaii's civilian leaders, many of whom were of Japanese ancestry, began pushing hard for statehood, which was achieved on August 20, 1959.

Because of the confluence of social and political factors, the history of Western boxing in Hawaii has three separate eras.

  a.. The first is the Bootleg Era. From 1893-1929, boxing was legal in Hawaii only if sponsored by the military. In town, the police rarely tried to enforce anti-boxing legislation, but the threat was always there. This severely restricted civilian boxing.
  b.. The second is the Territorial Era. From 1929 to 1959, boxing was legal throughout the Territory of Hawaii. A territorial commission supervised bouts in town, but the US military continued to exert considerable control over life in and around Honolulu. The YMCA, the Catholic Youth Organization, and the Honolulu newspapers all supported boxing, and through their patronage, the Territorial Era became the Golden Age of Hawaiian boxing.
  c.. The third is the Statehood Era. From 1959 to the present, boxing has been legal in the State of Hawaii. The state boxing commission continued to supervise bouts in town, but the military, church groups, and newspapers gradually withdrew their patronage. Meanwhile, jet planes made it unnecessary for boxers heading for Australia or Asia to spend a few days in Honolulu en route, and network television broadcasts hurt local fight clubs by introducing televised boxing from the Mainland. The professional market withered, and so, since statehood, most Hawaiian boxers either have been amateurs or made their reputations outside the state.
The following discusses the bootleg era, 1893-1929.



Military Boxing

In 1893, the US Navy began stationing warships at Honolulu, where their sailors and Marines were used to prop up the Dole administration. There were boxers aboard these warships. For example, during the winter of 1893-1894, the future heavyweight champion Tom Sharkey, then serving aboard USS Philadelphia, fought at least 14 bouts in Honolulu.


Boxing aboard USS New York, July 3, 1899. Photographer: Edward H. Hart.
Courtesy the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection, LC-D4-32317.

The First New York Volunteer Infantry established the first Army camps in Honolulu during the summer of 1898, and the Regular Army established its first permanent post, Fort Shafter, in 1907. In January 1913, the War Department transferred a black regiment, the 25th Infantry, to Fort Shafter.
Some of these soldiers were boxers. Thus, the Honolulu Advertiser wrote, "The Twenty-fifth is proud of its colored ringmasters and particularly of Hollie Giles, a welterweight of 155 pounds, who is described by the men as a 'whirlwind' fighter; Morgan, a heavyweight at 190 pounds; Carson, a light heavyweight, and Ananias Harris, a light heavyweight."

In those days, military boxing was subject to Sections 320 and 321 of the US Code. These statutes stated that exchanging blows for money or a thing of any value, or for a championship, or for which admission was charged, or for which money was wagered, was illegal. In 1915, the Army circumvented these laws by ruling that soldiers could box in garrison if there were no admission charges, no challenges from the ring, no decisions announced at the end of fights, and no obvious gambling. The first smoker following this decision took place at Schofield Barracks on October 9, 1915, and subsequently, boxing exhibitions were common on holidays such as Thanksgiving, New Year's, and the Fourth of July.

Early boxing promoters at Schofield Barracks included Major Edmund Butts, whose publications included books and magazine articles touting the benefits of boxing as a pastime for soldiers, and the regimental chaplain. During the early 1920s, local promoters included Tommy Marlowe and Lieutenant Barnard of the 5th US Cavalry, and Sergeant John Stone of the Ordnance Department.
At Fort_Derussy, promoters included Sergeant Anthony Biddle of the 17th US Cavalry. Boxers assigned to Army units in Hawaii during the late 1910s included the 25th Infantry's Henry Polk ("Rufus Williams") and Private Settles ("the Kentucky Chap"), and the Signal Corps' Joseph Podimik ("Joe Potts").

According to the Advertiser (November 27, 1915), the Schofield ring was "set up on the cavalry parade and an abundance of chairs at the ringside, an amphitheatre of bleachers, and seats on the adjoining troop quarters [gave] better accommodations than [did] the seating arrangement of any hall on post." Unfortunately, the Schofield bleachers provided no protection from the afternoon rains, and without electric lights to illuminate the twilight, the audience had a hard time seeing the last rounds of the main event.

During the 1910s, Pearl Harbor became a major US naval base, and in 1921, Sub Base Pearl Harbor's Sharkey Theater became the first covered boxing arena in Hawaii. [EN1] From 1918-1924, civilians often attended Pearl Harbor bouts. However, this ended in 1924, when Rear Admiral John McDonald decided to close Pearl Harbor boxing matches to civilians and soldiers. The reason was that McDonald felt that it was ungentlemanly for the audience to boo and make disparaging remarks about the contestants and referees.

Once Pearl Harbor closed to civilians, the Hawaii National Guard began patronizing boxing. Guard boxing coaches included Jim Hoao and Bill Huihui, both of whom had boxed professionally in Hawaii during the early 1900s.
Boxers trained by these men included Patsy Fukuda, Hiram Naipo, and Gus Sproat. The Honolulu Armory was the usual venue for these fights.


Patsy Fukuda, circa 1930. Courtesy Patrick Fukuda.

Hawaii's most acclaimed military boxer of the bootleg era was probably Sergeant Peniel R. "Sammy" Baker. Baker began his amateur career at Schofield Barracks in 1922. At the time, he was 20 years old, and serving in the 21st Infantry. Baker was the Hawaiian military welterweight champion in
1923 and 1924, and a runner-up in the selection for the US Olympic team in May 1924. Following the Olympic tryouts, Baker transferred to Mitchel Field, on Long Island. Baker obtained his discharge in September 1924, and by 1928, he was ranked the fifth best welterweight in the world.




Civilian Boxing

Bill Huihui was among the earliest Hawaiian-born boxers. Born at Pauoa, Oahu, in 1875, Huihui went to sea as a young man, and learned to box in San Francisco. In 1902, he started boxing for Honolulu's Kapiolani Athletic Club, and his first Hawaiian professional bout took place soon afterwards, at the Orpheum Theater. This was a 4-round semi-main event, and the opponent was Jack Latham. Subsequent opponents included Nelson Tavares, Jack Weedy, Dick Sullivan, Kid De Lyle, and Tim Murphy. Huihui retired from the ring around 1909, but continued coaching boxers until at least 1924. Because he worked as a policeman, Huihui's local trainers may have included the Honolulu Police Department boxing instructor, R.A. Wood, a Scot who settled in Honolulu in the early 1900s.


Bill Huihui. From the Advertiser, September 10, 1904

Another early Hawaii-born boxer was Nelson Tavares, "the Punchbowl Demon."
Tavares claimed the Territorial lightweight championship from 1905 until 1908, and his opponents included the middleweights Cyclone Kelly, Dick Sullivan, Tim Murphy, and Mike Patton, and the lightweights Charlie Riley, Frankie Smith, Frank Rafferty, and Joe Leahy. After retiring from the ring, Tavares became a garage owner on Bishop Street.


Nelson Tavares. From the Advertiser, June 17, 1908

During the 1910s, a few Hawaii-born boxers began establishing reputations on the Mainland. For example, in October 1912, the Advertiser mentioned that Manuel "Battling" Viera of Hilo was boxing in San Francisco. Viera was still fighting in San Francisco in 1919, when he fought a four-round draw with Joe "Young" Azevedo. Originally from Honolulu. Azevedo began boxing in Oakland around January 1913, at which time he was aged 17. Azevedo's wins included at least two victories over Tommy McFarland and another over former lightweight champion Ad Wolgast. After a ring injury caused him to go blind in one eye, Azevedo settled in Sacramento, where he died of a heart attack on February 19, 1934.




Vaudeville Exhibitions

Until the 1910s, many Honolulu boxing matches took place inside vaudeville theaters. To circumvent laws prohibiting prizefighting, these matches were called exhibitions. For example, on May 28, 1904, Paddy Ryan organized a boxing card at the New Chinese Theater on Hotel Street. The main event featured Frank Nichols of Honolulu versus USS New York's Sailor Robinson.
Likewise, on June 22, 1911, the Honolulu Eagles hosted a show at the Bijou Theater that featured "fun in boxing land." The main event featured Mike Patton, who claimed to be the champion of the Far East. Finally, on June 11, 1913, Jim Hoao lost a 15-round decision to Private Morris Kilsner during a bout held at Honolulu's Ye Liberty Theater. [EN2]

Famous champions sometimes took part in these exhibitions. For example, during July 1894, John L. Sullivan was on a trip to Australia, and while in Honolulu, he gave an exhibition at the Opera House. His opponent was a sparring partner named Fitzsimmons (not Bob). Similarly, during November 1907, the visiting lightweight champion Jimmy Britt gave a demonstration to the "sport-loving people of Honolulu." The Advertiser noted that the latter exhibition was "of such character that women can safely attend." (In those days, society discouraged women from attending fights, but some went anyway, usually watching from backstage.)


John L. Sullivan. Lithograph by Scott C. Carbee, sometime between 1880 and 1910. Courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-119896.

Another way that vaudeville managers circumvented the law was by advertising the boxing as part of a novelty act. For example, in December 1915, the Welsh welterweight Fred Dyer, who advertised himself as "the singing boxer,"
appeared at the Popular Theater in Honolulu. Dyer was en route to California from Australia, where his opponents included Fritz Holland and Les Darcy.

The vaudeville promoters generally arranged these fights without asking the consent of either boxer. Instead, they simply told the men that they had a fight lined up. Then the boxers either showed up or they didn't.




Boxing during Public Holidays

During the early 1910s, boxing was sometimes part of the festivities associated with public holidays such as Fleet Week, New Year's, and the Fourth of July. For instance, on July 9, 1910, Jim Hoao fought a military boxer at Aloha Park in Honolulu.


Honolulu in 1910. Photographer: Robert K. Bonine. Courtesy the Library of Congress, Panoramic Photographs Collection, LC-USZ62-125408.

However, because of opposition from the US District Attorney, Jefferson McCarn, there was no off-post boxing in Hawaii between July 4, 1913 (Young Johnson versus Kaina Opo at Wailuku) and December 31, 1918.

The bout that got things started again was part of the New Year's celebration at the Iolani Palace, and it featured a Chinese ("Happy-Go-Lucky", originally from Macao) against a Filipino (Raphael Carpenterio, "the Manila Demon"). Although no admission was charged, the Advertiser still called it "the first real stage affair of its kind held in Honolulu since 'Old Rose' Jeff McCarn assassinated the sport in Hawaii." On August 21, 1919, there were also boxing matches between soldiers and sailors at Moili'ili Park. Non-military participants included Carpenterio, Young Johnson, Akana, and En You Kau.

YMCA patronage was probably involved in this post-World War renaissance, as on March 4, 1919, the Central YMCA of Honolulu organized a "stunt night"
that featured boxing, wrestling, sumo, and judo. The boxers included Jimmie Flynn versus Jimmie White, Price versus Wilkinson; and the Wright brothers against each other. All the boxers on this card were welterweights except Wilkinson, who was a middleweight. Similarly, in September 1928, the Oahu County YMCA organized a camp at which boys boxed. The athletic director at the Y, Charles Pease, was a former soldier who based his program on World War-era military training.

Additionally, veterans and fraternal groups sometimes organized smokers as fund-raisers. For example, on May 13, 1922, the Veterans of Foreign Wars hosted a bout featuring Dynamite Tommy Short and Kid Oba (Jack Osoi). Short tried for the knockout, but ended up with a draw. Similarly, on August 29, 1925, the American Legion staged a smoker at the Hilo Armory.




Fight Clubs

During the 1920s, boxing left the vaudeville houses and public parks for fight clubs.

On Big Island, the Women's Christian Temperance Union was strongly opposed to boxing. Consequently, efforts to promote boxing in Hilo led to legal action. To the disgust of the temperance leaguers, the court actions eventually led to the legalization of boxing in the Territory, but meanwhile, there was little organized boxing on the Big Island.

However, on Oahu, the Honolulu business community generally supported organized boxing. For example, fans attending the fight between Battling Bolo (Elias Cantere) and Alky Dawson at the Honolulu Armory on March 18,
1927 included the territorial governor (Star-Bulletin publisher Wallace
Farrington) and the Honolulu mayor (Charles Arnold). According to the Advertiser (April 15, 1928), their official stance was that these bouts were legal as long as admission was not charged at the gate and the fighters received payment in private.

The Hawaiian fight clubs of the 1920s were usually warehouses with a ring in one corner. To avoid legal problems, police got in free and boxing fans bought daily memberships rather than tickets. Prices for daily memberships ranged from 50 in the gallery to $2.00 in stage seating, and these memberships had to be purchased in advance.

Ethnicity played an important role in these fight clubs. For example, many Filipinos were inspired to become boxers by the victories of Pancho Villa, the first Filipino to become a world boxing champion. Meanwhile, K. Oki, a Honolulu businessman of Japanese descent, was inspired to provide financial support to Honolulu boxing clubs after seeing Japanese college students boxing at Tokyo's Hibiya Park during 1926.


A bout between boxers from Chuo University (left) and Hosei University in Tokyo. Many Japanese collegiate boxers of the mid-1930s were ethnically Korean. From Arthur Grix, Japans Sport in Bild und Wort (Berlin: Wilhelm Limpert-Verlag, 1937).

For Filipinos living on Oahu, Honolulu's Rizal Athletic Club was an important fight club. Rizal held its first smoker on July 8, 1922, and in the main event, Kid Parco defeated Alky Dawson in six. The preliminaries were supposed to feature Jackie Wright versus Cabayon, Hayward Wright versus Pedro Suerta, Tommy Dawson versus Moniz, and Tommy Short versus Kid Oba.
Unfortunately, Kid Oba was a no-show, as he died of lockjaw on June 28, 1922. He was aged 17. Other boxers associated with Rizal Athletic Club smokers include Patsy Fernandez, Battling Bolo, Young Malicio, Clever Feder, Pedro Suerta, Moniz Santiago, and Cabayon.

For Portuguese, an important club was the Kewalo Athletic Club, managed by A.K. Vierra. Portuguese boxing idols included Don "Lefty" Freitas and Jack Silva.

For Chinese, it was the Chinese American Athletic Association, managed by Chang Kau. Chang's brother Dick boxed professionally in California, and later became a well-known Honolulu coach. Other Chinese boxers of the 1920s included Jackie Young, Young Loo, Ah Bing, Smiling Ching, Lanky Lau, K.H.
Young, and Lefty Long.


Dick Chang posing with California boxer Paul de Hate around 1927. Note 16-ounce training gloves. Courtesy the Paul Lou collection.

In addition, there were fight clubs for Koreans such as Walter Cho, and for Japanese such as Patsy Fukuda, Henry Kudo, and the brothers Spud and "K.O."
Kuratsu. Cho went on to become a well-known referee, while Fukuda became coach of Hawaii's 1949 AAU boxing team.


Spud Kuratsu. The inscription reads, "To Paul Aloha, Spud Kuratsu." Courtesy the Paul Lou collection.



Training Methods and Contests

Regardless of ethnicity, bootleg boxers used similar methods during
training. As a rule, they began hard training about three weeks before a
scheduled match. A typical training day included sparring 6-10 rounds before
work in the morning. In the afternoon, after work, the boxers ran about ten
miles uphill, and then walked back.

The gloves most boxers wore during both sparring and fighting weighed just 6
ounces. In addition, they did not wear headgear, as it had only just been
introduced. Thus, during sparring, boxers generally tried to avoid hurting
one another.

During contests, things could get heated. For example, Nelson Tavares
recalled Jack McFadden forcing him into clinches and then spitting in his
face (Advertiser, April 9, 1949).

As a rule, however, the goal was simply to give the crowd a lot of action.
For example, here is how William Peet (Advertiser, January 6, 1941) recalled
a Kewalo Athletic Club fight of the late 1920s:

The main event was to have been a six rounder between Kohala Lion [Modesto
Cabuag] and Big Bolo or Battling Bolo (Elias Cantere), a Filipino with a
murderous right. The Kohala Lion failed to show up, so J. Donovan Flint,
present chairman of the Territorial Boxing Commission, agreed to box three
fast rounds with Bolo as an exhibition, in order that the cash customers
would feel that they had not been cheated . they were not cheated as things
turned out.
Flint, a good boxer, one-time Pacific Coast collegiate champion [at
Stanford], was to have refereed the main scrap. He put on the gloves with
Bolo. The first round was fast and interesting. In the second round, Mr.
Flint forgot to pull his punches and tapped Bolo a stiff jab on the nose.
Bolo uncorked a right from the ring floor, the blow landed flush on the jaw,
and the lights went out for J. Donovan. He says he was only dazed, but I saw
the fight and helped Brother Flint come back to earth.

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