Through his experiences with training in the Martial Arts since the age of 5, over 30 plus years, Keakahawalani (Aka) has found his true passion is coaching and helping kids and adults to learn and grow stronger, while giving them the mental and physical tools to be safe and the confidence to defend themselves. At the age of 25 Aka, along with long time friend and fellow athlete/martial artist Carlo Profico, founded Budo Full Range Martial Arts with the intent to do just that through a mixed martial arts program.
Now with over 15 years of experience in working with families and both professional and amateur athletes he continues to make his community safer and stronger.
While Budo is considered to be his crowning achievement (well right behind his 2 sons and loving wife), Aka has extensive training and knowledge of the martial arts and karate. Earning his first black belt in Tang So Do Karate, under World Record Holder and Grand Master Dominic Giacobbe, at 17 years, while competing on an international level, Aka has not been a stranger to disciplined training and competition. While he loved Karate, he found his home away from home and earned his second Black Belt under Sensei Tom Cuff (a student of Master Peter Urban).
While it wasn't called MMA back then, the school was an eclectic form of martial arts, with a strong blend of Muay Thai, Boxing and Jiujitsu. Sensei Cuff was a pioneer in both kickboxing on the east coast as well as mixed martial arts. While training under Sensei Cuff, Aka found his passion for teaching and sharing the benefits of the martial arts and worked as an assistant instructor for over 3 years.
In 2002, Aka and Carlo founded Budo Full Range Martial Arts in Voorhees. Over the years he has kept in touch with Sensei Cuff. Unfortunately Sensei Cuff was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and asked Aka and Carlo to help keep his dream alive and take over his martial arts school in Mantua. For the past 4 years Budo Full Rang e Martial Arts of Mantua has been going strong and continues to help people find their confidence and focus.
Other noteworthy accomplishments that have furthered to assist him in his goal of making people safer is having the opportunity to train with Coach Tony Blauer, founder of the S.P.E.A.R. System and the Personal Defense Readiness program. As a level 2 certified coach, Aka has been apart of the Demo team for H.I.G.H. Gear, as well as part of the BTS Team of PDR coaches. But what is most important about this accomplishment is how the system can help any age or gender, and over the past 8 years of being a coach, both Carlo and Aka have developed a program that truly connects with Kids and managing Bullying situations. Another important experience is in attending and achieving his level 1 CrossFit certification. Just another way of helping people move better and be better.
Come join our Voorhees, NJ Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Mixed Martial Arts, Birthday Parties, and Kids Martial Arts. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (856) 435-8110 if you have any further questions. Budo Full Range Martial Arts hopes to speak with you soon!