With my teacher
(L) Shihan Kenneth Funakoshi, 9th Dan, (FSKA)
Chief Instructor, Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association
(R) Sensei Peter Lindsay, 5th Dan, (FSKA)
Shihan Funakoshi is seen pictured here with me during a three day summer camp and seminar that was being held in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
The Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association (FSKA) is a non-political organization with affiliated dojos around the world whose philosophy is to promote goodwill, while upholding the principles and values of karate practitioners. The world headquarters of the FSKA is located in Milpitas, California, and the organization is presided over by its Chief Instructor, Shihan Kenneth Funakoshi, 9th Dan.
Dedicated to spreading traditional karate-do and its values Shihan Funakoshi makes annual trips to many of his affiliated dojos in the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Europe, Russia, Mexico, and other countries around the world in order to help perpetuate the art of Shotokan Karate-Do.
As his student I try and make a point of traveling to the U.S.A. each year to train with Shihan Funakoshi either at the Honbu dojo in Milpitas, California, or at the various seminars he gives, and alway prior to the annual FSKA World Championship Tournament that is held each year.
I took the following photograph of Shihan Funakoshi during a course I attended at Sensei Andre Dulce's superb main dojo in Bellevue, Washington in the Fall of 2002. The course is an annual event and on this particular occasion we also celebrated the 30th anniversary of the of the founding of the Washington Shotokan Association.
A Master of the art of Shotokan Karate
Shihan Kenneth Funakoshi, Founder and Chief Instructor of the Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association, started judo training in 1948 under Arakaki Sensei at the Fort Gakuen Japanese Language School in Honolulu, Hawaii. He attended Farrington High School in the Kalihi District and was on the football team and captain of the Territory of Hawaii (Hawaii was not a state yet) Championship swim team. While attending the University of Hawaii on a swimming scholarship Funakoshi Sensei started Kempo training under Adriano Emperado from 1956 to 1959.
In 1960, Shihan Funakoshi started Shotokan training when the Japan Karate Association (JKA) assigned its first Grand Champion, Sensei Hirokazu Kanazawa, to teach at the Karate Association of Hawaii, Shihan Funakoshi remained a student of Sensei Kanazawa's for the next three years. Then from 1963-1966 Shihan Funakoshi trained under Sensei Masataka Mori, another instructor from the JKA. Finally from 1966 to 1969, he trained under the third and last instructor sent by the JKA, the legendary Sensei Tetsuhiko Asai, another former Grand Champion from Japan.
In 1969, after training 10 years under three of Japan's top Shotokan instructors and then winning the Grand Championship of the Karate Association of Hawaii for five years in a row (1964-1968), Shihan Funakoshi was appointed as the Chief Instructor for the Karate Association of Hawaii.
Shihan Funakoshi moved to San Jose, California to teach karate in December 1986. In 1987, the non-political Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association was founded with its world headquarters now in Milpitas, California and the organization now has affiliates throughout the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Europe, Russia, Mexico, and many other countries around the world.
Part the clouds - see the way.
"The objective of karate-do is to contribute to the evolution
of the human spirit through physical and mental training."
Sensei Peter Lindsay