Moving to California from Nebraska in 1979, and marrying into the already formed martial arts family in 1981, my love for Kajukenbo students and families became a "lifestyle"–that continues to this day. We opened schools in different locations initially, until becoming a locally known class offering of 20 years of Greater Vallejo Recreation District–then known to the public as the longest running martial arts school with the district.
The Rapacon family and Black Belts opened a store front school in 2007 known as Combat Fitness-Rapacon's Martial Arts, also added the explosive element of Mixed Martial Arts classes with the traditional style of Kajukenbo.
Although I did not excel as a student of Martial Arts, I did receive my blue belt from Ahgung Tony Ramos and took pride in being the secretary of the Kajukenbo National Federation. I was given the honorary title of Simo by Mr. Ramos, and although that name is often used for female black belts nowadays, I never misrepresent myself as such–I will always carry the "title" given to me, as I promised I would.
Through the years since, I have worked hard as chief administrator of the business end and the "Mom" to everyone. Someone has to pay the bills and someone has to dry the tears and provide a listening ear! I am proud to be that person.