PROFESSOR SAMUEL C. LUKE
Photo courtesy AJI
Professor Sam C. Luke started Jujitsu lessons at 10 years of age.
He recalls being a reluctant student because while his friends
were out playing football and other neighborhood games, he had
to attend class. His father was sensei and he had to learn to defend
himself and younger brothers and sisters in the rough area of Aala
Park in Honolulu. In 1952 he got his Nidan and under the Luke dojo
taught at Kamehameha School for boys and Punahou School. He also
taught at Mikilua Jujitsu Club in Nanakuli and the Navy Housing
Area III Jujitsu Club, and assisted at the Nuuanu YMC judo and
He became secretary of the AJI I in 1972, serving 16 years until
his father's death, then was elevated to vice president of the
jujitsu division, a position he has held for the past 12 years.
Professor Sam Luke is ranked as a Kudan, 9th Degree Black Belt.
His most cherished memories include visiting Professor Okazaki's
dojo near the old car barn, teaching at the high schools, avoiding
several fights because of his confidence and persuasive talking,
and seeing his father, Professor Samuel S. Luke promoted to AJI's
first 10th Dan, on his 71st birthday.
Professor Luke has served in the Navy Reserves, Hawaii National
Guard and the Army Reserves Special Forces Paratroops. He way educated
at St. Louis High School and received his B.A. degree in Public
Administration from the University of Hawaii. His business experience
includes 37+ years of varied experience as an independent business
owner and IS (information systems) professional, with the designation
of Certified Systems Professional. He is currently a vice president
for Alternative Business Consulting.