PROFESSOR PATRICIA TYRRELL
Promoted to Professor Eighth Degree Red Black Belt by Kajukenbo Co-Founder Frank Ordonez, Professor Pat Tyrrell not only teaches Kajukenbo, but also Tai Chi, Five Animal/Five Element System, Traditional & Exotic Weapons.
A top Northern California competitor in forms, fighting and self-defense in 1988, 1989, and 1990, Professor Pat still performs at tournaments from time to time, now primarily in forms divisions, but usually donates her time at such events as a judge.
From 2000 through 2007, she traveled with Sijo Adriano Emperado and Grandmaster Dechi Emperado to attend and teach at seminars and assist with tournaments -- Springfield, Massachusetts; Isabella, Puerto Rico; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Las Vegas, Nevada; Portland, Maine; Vancouver, Washington; and Spain. She now continues to support events sponsored by martial arts practitioners worldwide.
She and her son – Sigung Dan Tyrrell – are two of the founding members of Kajukenbo Hui – an independent ranking organization which was founded on principles of equality and democratic self-regulation and is dedicated to a legacy of independent and fair promotional standards within the Kajukenbo system. (see http://kajukenbohui.com)
With her son – Sifu Tim Gaskell -- she produces a martial arts TV series called “Masters of the Way” which airs on Napa’s Community Access Channel 28 and is webstreamed at www.napavalleytv.org.
Other notable distinctions: September 2001--Hall of Fame Award for Outstanding Achievement in Martial Arts; January 2002--Olympic Torch bearer in Northern California for Winter Olympics; 2008—Certificate of Recognition as an 8th Degree Black Belt from Hui O Na Koa Kulike Martial Arts of Hawaii; 2008—Best of Pupule Awards in the categories of Promoter (with her son Dan) and “No Ka Oi” (Best All Around).