Hip Hop Chess Federation (HHCF)

Mission Statement: We teach a blend of chess, performing arts and Brazilian jiu-jitsu to build the cognitive, creative and fitness levels of children across the world. 

Vision Statement: Fusing logic and the arts to unite minds and hearts. In 5 years, we hope to expand and open HHCF Community Education Centers in the top 10 American cities where violence and high school drop out rates are the highest.


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The HIP HOP CHESS FEDERATION (HHCF) 501(c)(3) is one of the world’s most unique programming initiatives addressing youth ages 6 – 18.  HHCF Founder and Executive Director, Adisa Banjoko, continues to bolster his successful, well publicized and well documented approach to helping youth embrace and apply alternative strategies to obstacles in life by providing an engaging, interactive program that will help them cultivate the necessary life skills for success.

Since 2006, HHCF has introduced and taught thousands of youth the game of chess not only as a game of wit  but also as a metaphor for the importance of incorporating strategic thinking as a necessary process for making the right moves in life.  Over the years, HHCF has broaden its scope of programs to include performing arts, entrepreneurship and other creative outlets. Coupled with the practical philosophies and disciplined teaching of martial arts and framed in the many positive, but often underappreciated aspects of HIP-HOP Culture, HHCF continues to expand its educational outreach efforts throughout the United States. HHCF has spent many years deepening the valuable relationship it has forged with local schools and various community based organizations by being able to provide life enriching programming in a safe setting to youth who otherwise have limited access to high quality alternative learning, culture and arts experiences. The HHCF uses its unique program as a platform to promote the idea that every young person is High In Potential and has the capacity to Help Other People (HIP-HOP framed differently).  It is through this framework that a stronger community consciousness and academic achievement will be created and realized.

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Chess is jiu-jitsu for the mind.  Jiu-Jitsu is chess for the body.


Research shows that student test scores improved by 17.3% when regularly engaged in chess classes, compared with only 4.6% for children participating in other forms of enriched activities.  In approximately 30 nations across the globe, including Brazil, China, Venezuela, Italy, Israel, Russia and Greece, etc., chess is incorporated into the country's scholastic curriculum. Just as athletics are a part of the required agenda at schools in the United States, chess has been that way in the European, Asian and African Nations abroad. Chess is a universal language for young people across the globe.

Limited Edition Gi - The Oakland

This is Official Hip Hop Chess Federation Gi! The purpose behind this Gi is to support kids in and around Oakland using Chess for the mind and Jiu Jitsu for the body. Hip hop is integrated into the fabric of our urban youth brings a cultural aspect the kids can relate to; it binds this altogether. The HHCF program is truly unique an one of kind. Play your part in supporting their cause.

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