Kenneth Funakoshi – Mastering Shotokan Karate : Kenneth Funakoshi Interview

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Kenneth Funakoshi was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on September 4th, 1938. His father, Yoshio was Gichin Funakoshi’s third cousin and trained Karate with him in Okinawan from 1915 till 1925.

At the age of 10, Kenneth Funakoshi began the study of Judo at the Fort Gakuen Japanese Language School. While attending college at the University of Hawaii, he practiced Kempo under Adriano Emperado in the Palama Settlement. Emperado had been a pupil of William Chow. Chow, in turn, was a disciple of Masayoshi James Mitose, who promoted Kenpo Karate (or Kempo Jiu Jitsu) in Hawaii. Funakoshi trained with Emperado from 1956 till 1959.

In 1960 Funakoshi began to practice in the Shotokan form of Karate under Hirokazu Kanazawa, who had been dispatched to Hawaii by the Japan Karate Association. After three years, Kanazawa was succeeded by Masataka Mori, who in turn was followed three years later by Tetsuhiko Asai. Funakoshi was selected as the main teacher of the Karate Association of Hawaii.

Funakoshi taught in Hawaii until 1986, when he went to California. There he formed the Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association which has main hombu dojo in Milpitas, California and members worldwide.

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