Born Sep 6, 1942
Blackbelt Magazine's 1977
Kung Fu Artist of the Year
United International Kung Fu Federation
"Hall of Fame"
Member of The
World Head of Family Sokeship Council
Founder of Wun Hop Kuen Do.
August 1998, we saw Al Dacascos on National TV (TNT) Turner Network
Television being honored as one of the Masters to Wesley Snipes' "1st
Tribute to the Martial Arts Masters of the 20th Century" from New
York City. September he was inducted into the prestigious "America's
Grandmasters Council" in Orlando, Florida, and the "Eastern
U.S. Hall of Fames" in New Jersey.
Since the founding of his unique fighting art, Wun Hop Kuen Do in
1969, Al Dacascos has become one of the most noted martial artists of
our era. An eighth degree Black Belt, Dacascos has won over 200
Championships and appeared on just as many martial arts magazine covers
over the years. In 1977 he was indoctrinated into the Black Belt Hall of
Fame as Instructor of the Year and again in 1992 by Inside Kung fu
Magazine. Two of the worlds most prestigious martial arts magazines.
Dacascos was the first practitioner of Kung fu to compete in the
American martial arts tournament circuit. As a visionary, he has
manifested the dream of creating a network of schools and five
generations of black belts to reflect his style.
In 1975, Al Dacascos was invited to appear in ABC's Wide World of
Sports, broadcast from Los Angeles. He gave a breathtaking
demonstration, exhibiting his power of "Chi" energy. German
enthusiasts were so impressed with Wun Hop Kuen Do, that they offered
Dacascos the opportunity to expand his schools and seminars throughout
Europe. His influence and martial arts genius has helped to design the
At age 11, Dacascos was introduced into Judo and Jujitsu and excelled
in it. He performed and competed in any exhibition to gain experience
and knowledge from others in the field. After attaining his Black Belt
in Kajukenbo at age 18, under Sid Asuncion, He formed a small group to
practice and teach in Hawaii, his native home. Dacascos then decided to
study with the source of his style, Professor Adriano Emperado. Emperado
schooled him beyond the physical. He showed him how to take his
techniques into life. Dacascos claims that Professor Emperado
enlightened him on the inside.
The reality of having his own students set in and the need to improve
his communication skills took precedence. Dacascos moved to California
in 1965. Running a school came by trial and error as there were no
formal systems anywhere in the US to teach the skills of running a
martial arts business until 1967. Eventually, Dacascos was recruited
into the Tracy system, a strategic alliance that helped to form the
cornerstone of his business organizational skills.
During this time, Dacascos became involved with a group of Chinese
martial artists in San Francisco. This exchange of techniques between
instructors began to reshape his feelings about his own martial art. By
1969 he had told Professor Emperado that he could no longer call his art
Kajukenbo. Instead he wished to develop a style of his own, Wun Hop Kuen
Do, which means 밫he way of the combined fist.?
Al Dacascos's next job was to give the art credibility. "When
you watch a tree grow" explains Dacascos, "first there are the
roots, then comes the trunk, the branches, the leaves, and finally the
flowers." He has his roots in Kajukenbo and solid trunk in Wun Hop
Kuen Do. Now he had to produce the leaves and the flowers, the champions
of Wun Hop Kuen Do.
Mark Dacascos, Al's son, certainly fits the role model of Champion.
Presently a fourth degree Black Belt, Mark retired undefeated on both
forms and fighting in the European martial arts circuit. Mark Dacascos
has now achieved a world wide reputation in the motion picture industry.
He has starred in nine motion pictures. In the premier season of 1998,
Mark will star in the new television series titled "The Crow,
Stairway to Heaven"
Other notable personalities under the Dacascos banner are Malia
Bernal, Karyn Turner and Karen Shephard. Each of these women held the
title of national champion in their own time. Christian Wulf and Emanual
Bettencourt received top accolades in Europe. In the USA, Bill Owens was
a national champion in the 1970' and Eric Lee is the reputed "King
After numerous seminars in every major city in Europe and the USA,
Dacascos techniques also became sought after by military and government
agencies. In the United States, Al Dacascos has worked with agents from
the FBI, the Hawaiian Metro squad, the US Army Airborne Rangers and some
members of the US Marshals. He has also instructed segments of the
German Army and Hamburg police department.
Over the years, Dacascos has appeared in numerous US television
programs and media presentations such as the Merv Griffin Show, ABC Wide
World of Sports and CNN. In 1985, he was a featured member of the USA
Martial Arts team sent to China as a "good will exchange."
This event became an award winning documentary titled "China's
Presently, Al Dacascos is reforming a world wide Headquarters in
Portland, Oregon for Wun Hop Kuen Do. He is also expanding into the
motion picture industry. Working with such films as "Jaguar
Lives" and "Teenage mutant Ninja Turtles III" has given
him another outlet for his art. He has recently formed an alliance with
producer/director Debra Mason called the Rogue Dacascos Motion Picture
Alliance. They have just finished shooting a children's feature, titled,
"The Kung Fu Kids Klub" Next the alliance will produce a
series of motion pictures titled, "The Man from Paradise." Al
Dacascos will star in the series.
Official Site Al
Dacasco's official website