Kenneth Funakoshi – Mastering Shotokan Karate : Shotokan Katas 5
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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 practiced Karate with him in Okinawan from 1915 until 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 at the Palama Settlement. Emperado had been a student of William Chow. Chow, in turn, was a student of Masayoshi James Mitose, who popularized Kenpo Karate (or Kempo Jiu Jitsu) in Hawaii. Funakoshi trained with Emperado from 1956 until 1959.
In 1960 Funakoshi began to train in the Shotokan form of Karate under Hirokazu Kanazawa, who had been sent to Hawaii by the Japan Karate Association. After three years, Kanazawa was followed by Masataka Mori, who in turn was followed three years later by Tetsuhiko Asai. Funakoshi was named as the chief instructor of the Karate Association of Hawaii.
Funakoshi taught in Hawaii until 1986, when he moved to California. There he established the Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association which has its hombu dojo in Milpitas, California and members worldwide.
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