Professor Francisco Limbago
Born on April 3, 1928, Prof. Limbago grew up as a very athletic young man. He was a gymnast in high school and became State Champion during these years. In high school, he began his training in Jujitsu where one of his training partners was Ramo (Lono) Ancho. After high school, Prof. Limbago joined the army. He continued training in Jujitsu and received his Shodan in 1948. Because of his Jujitsu training and proficiency, he became a combat instructor for the Army during the Korean War.
In 1951 Prof. Limbago joined the American Jujitsu Federation where he severed as the secretary for the organization. In 1956 he started the Waianae Jujitsu Club and focused his attention on the perpetuation of the teachings of Prof. Okazaki and the Danzan Ryu System of Jujitsu from the Kodenkan School. Prof. Okazaki passed away in 1951, but his system is still the foremost example of Jujitsu practiced today. Prof. Limbago was a man of great integrity, and he was adamant about keeping the Danzan Ryu consistent and true to Prof. Okazaki’s teachings.
Prof. Limbago, along with Prof. John Chow Hoon, taught at the Schofield Barracks in the mid-1950s.
Prof. Limbago was known for his attention to the details of the original teachings as he had used his Jujitsu in real life situations during the Korean War and trained combatants at his dojo that were in the Vietnam “conflict” as well.
Prof. Limbago’s primary instructor was Prof. Samuel S. Luke; Prof. Luke was one of Prof. Okazaki’s earliest students and President of the AJI.
In 1979 Prof. Luke promoted Prof. Limbago to Shichidan. At this time, Prof. Luke and the Board of Directors of the AJI bestowed upon Prof. Limbago the title of Professor.
In 1988, Prof. Samuel Luke passed away, and Prof. Limbago was appointed to the position of President of the AJI. He was elected to the position in 1989 and held it until his death in 2005.