Professor Francisco Limbago

Professor Francisco Limbago studied many martial arts, in addition to Danzan Ryu Jujitsu, for more than fifty years. It was his commitment to the spirit of ohana that opened the lines of communication and friendship with several Danzan Ryu organizations.

Professor Francisco Limbago, born of April 3, 1928, inWahiawa,Hawaii. He attended McKinley High School but was too small to play football. He did became the sole male cheerleader. Using His gymnastic skills he was a great hit with the crowds.

He began his jujitsu training while in high school. He received his Shodan in 1948.  Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Army. He was a combat instructor for the Army during the Korean war. He studied and competed in judo in Japan.  He learned Kodenkan/Danzan Ryu Jujitsu in Hawaii. He boxed in the army and was the Pacific Rim Lightweight Champion.

He became a member of the AJI during the early 1950s and served as its secretary. He started the Waianae Jujitsu Club in the 1950s, which is still in operation today and is the oldest school in the AJI.

He received his Professorship in 1979 when he was promoted to Shichidan by Prof. Samuel S. Luke. Upon the death of Prof. Luke in August of 1988, the Board of Directors appointed Professor Limbago as its president, a position he was re-elected to every year until 2001.  While president, he established the annual AJI Tournaments, AJI Summer Camps, encouraged participation in community events, and urged broader cooperation between the AJI and sister organizations.

On June 25, 1994, Professor Francisco Limbago was promoted to the rank of Judan by the AJI.

His black belts include Professors Mel Cansibog and Daniel Saragosa, Sensei Christopher Limbago, Eric Matanane, and numerous others.

On March 29, 2005, Professor Francisco Limbago passed away after a long illness.

Professor Francisco Limbago and Professor Imi Mullins at the 1995 Shoshin Ryu Reunion in Long Beach