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Kuwaiti Fai al-Fahad, a Kajukenbo hybrid martial art assistant-master, practises in a club in Kuwait City on October 22, 2018. Kajukenbo was born in Hawaii in the 1940s. The sport's name was derived from the various aspects of martial arts it includes: karate (KA), judo and jujitsu (JU), kenpo (KEN) and boxing (BO). / AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat
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Kuwaiti women practise hybrid martial art Kajukenbo in a club in Kuwait City on October 22, 2018. Kajukenbo was born in Hawaii in the 1940s. The sport's name was derived from the various aspects of martial arts it includes: karate (KA), judo and jujitsu (JU), kenpo (KEN) and boxing (BO). / AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat
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Kuwaiti women practise hybrid martial art Kajukenbo in a club in Kuwait City on October 22, 2018. Kajukenbo was born in Hawaii in the 1940s. The sport's name was derived from the various aspects of martial arts it includes: karate (KA), judo and jujitsu (JU), kenpo (KEN) and boxing (BO). / AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat
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Kuwaiti Faisal al-Ghareeb (L), a Kajukenbo hybrid martial art master, practises with his assistant Fai al-Fahad , in a club in Kuwait City on October 22, 2018. Kajukenbo was born in Hawaii in the 1940s. The sport's name was derived from the various aspects of martial arts it includes: karate (KA), judo and jujitsu (JU), kenpo (KEN) and boxing (BO). / AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat
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Kuwaiti women practise hybrid martial art Kajukenbo in a club in Kuwait City on October 22, 2018. Kajukenbo was born in Hawaii in the 1940s. The sport's name was derived from the various aspects of martial arts it includes: karate (KA), judo and jujitsu (JU), kenpo (KEN) and boxing (BO). / AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat
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Kuwaiti women practise hybrid martial art Kajukenbo in a club in Kuwait City on October 22, 2018. Kajukenbo was born in Hawaii in the 1940s. The sport's name was derived from the various aspects of martial arts it includes: karate (KA), judo and jujitsu (JU), kenpo (KEN) and boxing (BO). / AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat
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Kuwaiti Asma Hasnawi (L), a Kajukenbo hybrid martial art assistant-master, practises with her daughter Riham, in a club in Kuwait City on October 22, 2018. Kajukenbo was born in Hawaii in the 1940s. The sport's name was derived from the various aspects of martial arts it includes: karate (KA), judo and jujitsu (JU), kenpo (KEN) and boxing (BO). / AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat
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Kuwaiti women practise hybrid martial art Kajukenbo in a club in Kuwait City on October 22, 2018. Kajukenbo was born in Hawaii in the 1940s. The sport's name was derived from the various aspects of martial arts it includes: karate (KA), judo and jujitsu (JU), kenpo (KEN) and boxing (BO). / AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat
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Kuwaiti women practise hybrid martial art Kajukenbo in a club in Kuwait City on October 22, 2018. Kajukenbo was born in Hawaii in the 1940s. The sport's name was derived from the various aspects of martial arts it includes: karate (KA), judo and jujitsu (JU), kenpo (KEN) and boxing (BO). / AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat
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Kuwaiti women practise hybrid martial art Kajukenbo in a club in Kuwait City on October 22, 2018. Kajukenbo was born in Hawaii in the 1940s. The sport's name was derived from the various aspects of martial arts it includes: karate (KA), judo and jujitsu (JU), kenpo (KEN) and boxing (BO). / AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat
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Kuwaiti women practise hybrid martial art Kajukenbo in a club in Kuwait City on October 22, 2018. Kajukenbo was born in Hawaii in the 1940s. The sport's name was derived from the various aspects of martial arts it includes: karate (KA), judo and jujitsu (JU), kenpo (KEN) and boxing (BO). / AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat
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Kuwaiti Faisal al-Gharib (L), a Kajukenbo hybrid martial art master, practises with his assistant Fai al-Fahad , in a club in Kuwait City on October 22, 2018. Kajukenbo was born in Hawaii in the 1940s. The sport's name was derived from the various aspects of martial arts it includes: karate (KA), judo and jujitsu (JU), kenpo (KEN) and boxing (BO). / AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat
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Kuwaiti women practise hybrid martial art Kajukenbo in a club in Kuwait City on October 22, 2018. Kajukenbo was born in Hawaii in the 1940s. The sport's name was derived from the various aspects of martial arts it includes: karate (KA), judo and jujitsu (JU), kenpo (KEN) and boxing (BO). / AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat
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Kuwaiti Asma Hasnawi (L) and Fai al-Fahad, Kajukenbo hybrid martial art assistant-master, practise in a club in Kuwait City on October 22, 2018. Kajukenbo was born in Hawaii in the 1940s. The sport's name was derived from the various aspects of martial arts it includes: karate (KA), judo and jujitsu (JU), kenpo (KEN) and boxing (BO). / AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat
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Kuwaiti women practise hybrid martial art Kajukenbo in a club in Kuwait City on October 22, 2018. Kajukenbo was born in Hawaii in the 1940s. The sport's name was derived from the various aspects of martial arts it includes: karate (KA), judo and jujitsu (JU), kenpo (KEN) and boxing (BO). / AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat
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Kuwaiti women practise hybrid martial art Kajukenbo in a club in Kuwait City on October 22, 2018. Kajukenbo was born in Hawaii in the 1940s. The sport's name was derived from the various aspects of martial arts it includes: karate (KA), judo and jujitsu (JU), kenpo (KEN) and boxing (BO). / AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat
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Kuwaiti women practise hybrid martial art Kajukenbo in a club in Kuwait City on October 22, 2018. Kajukenbo was born in Hawaii in the 1940s. The sport's name was derived from the various aspects of martial arts it includes: karate (KA), judo and jujitsu (JU), kenpo (KEN) and boxing (BO). / AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat
Updated 10 January 2019

Kuwaiti girls use martial arts to counter bullies and violence

Kuwaiti girls use martial arts to counter bullies and violence

In a small hall in Kuwait City, women and girls in black uniforms gather to learn the basics of self-defense.
On their left sleeves are the flags of Kuwait and the US state of Hawaii, where the hybrid martial art of kajukenbo was developed in the 1940s.
The sport’s name was derived from the various forms of martial arts it includes: karate (KA), judo and jujitsu (JU), kenpo (KEN) and boxing (BO).