Grand Master L. Hall

Founder and 10th Degree Black Belt


Grand Master L. Hall

Founder and 10th Degree Black Belt

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Grand master l. hall

Grand Master Lawrence Hall
Grand Master Lawrence (Larry) Hall was born on July 7, 1960 in Reno, Nevada. His interest in the martial arts dates back to his teen years. In high school Master Hall found his idol Bruce Lee's fighting style captivating.
Master Hall began training in Kempo Karate Chun Fa with Chuck Valentine at the age of 17. He met Master Archie Alexander (who promoted Hall to first degree in July of 1988) and Master Joey Walker at a tournament. Impressed with their movement, Hall trained for 8 years in the Goju-Shorei Kifaru Karate System under Master Joey Walker. During this time Master Archie and Master Walker introduced him to Master Steve Muhammed and Master Donnie Williams. Motivated by Muhammed, Hall wanted a stronger Kenpo foundation and returned to study with Chuck Valentine where he received a black belt in January of 1988. During this time cross training was not accepted. This created tension and animosity between instructors, and Master Hall chose to isolate himself in Goju-Shorei. He felt that Goju-Shorei had the feeling of Kenpo with its ties to Master Muhammed and Williams, through which he was further educated by joining B.K.F.

Master Hall received a third degree in Goju-Shorei from Master Stanford McNeal and he choose to cross-train in Shotokan karate, because Shotokan had a strong foundation in all the arts he was familiar with. He began to train with Clyde Kanekoo who was an eighth-degree black belt. Master Hall received private lessons and later received his first Masters degree under Master Kanekoo.

The Creation of Goju-Kenpo
When Master Kanekoo left the area, Master Hall was unwelcome in other martial art studios because cross training was not an accepted practice at the time. Therefore, Hall trained independently with different individuals who he felt would help him continue to grow. It was during this time that Master Hall studied the history of Bruce Lee and his system and Hall decided to create a system mirroring Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do.

In the martial arts world of the time, it was political suicide to take the purity of Chinese, Japanese, and American systems and merge them together. Therefore Master Hall was stripped of his rankings by his previous instructors. These rankings were later reinstated, but by then Goju-Kenpo had been born. The name Goju-Kenpo does not truly represent the system, as it is a universal system with no prejudice.

Goju-Kenpo incorporates different philosophies from many different systems. Master Hall worked with Eddie (Junior) Sanchez, Billy Menzera and Jay Quinahan, who put the Tae Kwon Do into the system, Ruben Espinoza and Archie Samples who introduced Master Hall to Sensei Gouhl, who placed the Okinawin Shorin Ryu weapons branch into the system, Charlie Michaels, who put in the Judo and Master Abracie, who put in the escrima/arnis. The student's studying with Master Hall's at this time were Stefan Raulston and Kevin Vokes.

Goju Kenpo Today
Goju-Kenpo is recognized through the governing body of the Shaolin Martial Arts World Federation who certified Master Hall to fifth degree black belt in Karate-Kickboxing. Grand Professor Billy Vargas promoted Master Hall to this rank in October of 1991. Even though Master Hall promotes Goju-Kenpo, he remains loyal to the Goju-Shorei system. He attributes much of his success to Master Stanford McNeal who took him under his wing, acting as his guide and instructor. Says Master Hall, "I wish the best for and a very special thanks to Master McNeal for letting me stay and train at his home in Las Vegas."

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Cobra | Fist & Rose


Cobra | Fist & Rose



The cobra is a very misunderstood reptile. Its presence creates fear. Even its sound creates fear. It is a presence so; threatening that you would not want to look it in the eye because its dominating figure is so intimidating. If a cobra feels threatened, it intercepts movement with strikes that are quick and deadly. Yet, the cobra is harmless if it does not feel threatened. The cobra can move through the sand and weeds as if they were not there. Nothing on the ground can stop the cobra from reaching its goal or destination.

The cobra makes no excuses, it just shows results. Martial artists do the same. Excuses are not the key to success, results are. If you have failed in some situation, blame yourself, don't look for excuses. Return to success as the cobra does in every move it makes. We must maneuver to the next positive destination and change the negatives to positives. If it is too hot to touch, then let it be, but detach yourself from it so you don't go down with it.

Most people know nothing about cobras, and make the mistake of speaking as if they knew one personally. Too many times we make the same mistake when speaking of other people. Your opinion of another should be based on knowledge and not on gossip. With this, as anything, there is an opposite. You can choose to see the bad or you can choose to see the good in a person or an action. Martial artists must choose to see the good.

We are not violent people but peace makers in a threatening world. If you were a cobra, you would move in peace because everyone would sense the strength of your presence. When you achieve your potential you can walk on either side of the street. You can spread love to both those who love you and to those who hate you. To those people who are foolish enough to threaten a cobra, the force of its strike is meant to win.


We, as martial artists, want to live by the rose. We admire its beauty and appreciate its fragrance, as we are to be admired for our accomplishments in both the martial arts and in life. You are your own positive person. Your love for yourself and your love for others is the biggest reason you don't want the cobra to rise. Your character is controlled and your confidence is assured by your martial arts training. Every day you get better mentally, socially, physically, and spiritually.

In a peaceful and gentle situation, we live by the rose day-by-day. When we fight for honor and love, then the cobra rises night after night. Goju Kenpo preaches peace and honors love, day and night.

Believe in yourself. This is what it takes to make it in the world!

--Grand Master L. Hall

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Grand Master Lawrence Hall
01. Kevin Vokes - 1st
02. Stefan Raulstan - 3rd
03. George Foldesy - 1st
04. Eric Ritter - 3rd
05. Steve Melson -1st
06. Master Brendan Finigan - 5th
07. Michael Marinaccio - 1st
08. Russ Massett - 1st
09. Ben Brown - 1st
10. Jason Kavner - 1st
11. Ryan Kavner - 1st
12. Matt Dellevela - 1st
13. Master Soren Lancaster - 7th
14. Jacob Brockelsby - 1st
15. Manoj Nair - 1st
16. Scott Alford - 1st
17. Roy Brewer - 1st
18. Mike Long - 1st
19. James Diehl - 2nd
20. Kaipo Dean - 1st
21. Jim Marshall - 1st
22. Dave Lowell - 1st
23. Master Don-E Harris, Jr. - 5th
24. Donald Lundquist - 2nd
25. Solin Sandoval -1st
26. Tyler Crowley - 3rd
27. Master Bob Dalhaus - 5th
28. Thomas Diehl - 1st
29. Trevor Wagoner - 1st
30. Chris Carr - 1st
31. Robin Jesse - 1st
32. Cliff Rice - 1st
33. Justin Clifford - JR Black
34. Shawn Truong - 3rd
35. Bobby Wenning - 2nd
36. Tyler Bowen - 3rd
37. Jared Brusby - 1st
38. Troy Ramspeck - 3rd
39. Paul Pistnogle - 1st
40. Sean Beauchamp - 4th
41. Anthony Interlicchia - 1st
42. Justin Cook - 1st
43. Egan Walker - 1st
44. Luke Walker - 1st
45. Al Lawerence - 1st
46. James Unruh - 2nd
47. Elias Calderon - 1st
48. John Erwin - 2nd
49. Josh Lawson - 1st
50. Ross Foote - 1st
51. Craig McAllister - 1st
52. Evan West - 1st
53. Jacob Coddington - 1st
54. Patreck Farley - 1st
55. Alex Ford - 1st
56. Serenity Harris - 3rd
57. Andrius Logvinenka - 1st
58. Travis Conway - 1st