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An Interview with Kenneth Funakoshi Part 1

The Shotokan Way

“Kanazawa, I want you to go to Hawaii”. ..“You’re the man for this job. I have full confidence that you will do well there. You’ll be departing in December.” These comments relay the conversation Hirokazu Kanazawa had with Masatoshi Nakayama, where Kanazawa Sensei was told he would be heading to Hawaii to become the Chief Instructor. This moment, relayed in Kanazawa Sensei’s autobiography “Karate – My Life”, signifies an important moment in the history of Shotokan Karate in Hawaii. One of the early students present at the BOOM of Shotokan Karate in Hawaii was Kenneth Funakoshi. With such a surname , it seems only logical and natural that Kenneth ...
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An Interview with Kenneth Funakoshi Partt 2

The Shotokan Way

One of the early students present at the BOOM of Shotokan Karate in Hawaii was Kenneth Funakoshi. With such a surname , it seems only logical and natural that Kenneth would go on to become a devoted follower and promoter of Shotokan Karate. Throughout the course of this two part interview, many topics are covered, from Funakoshi’s early training career with Kanazawa Sensei, Mori Sensei and Asai Sensei; sharing stories and information on the details from this important time in his life and training. He discusses his competitive career, and successes, moving on to talk about FSKA and its development, and sharing information on his technical understanding ...
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Kenneth Funakoshi Philosophy and Technique

Shotokan Karate Magazine

Q: Shihan, thank you for allowing us the privilege of conducting this interview for S.K.M. You are hosting your 11th International Karate Tournament in October '98. How is this tournament developing?
A: In this area of California, we have the largest traditional Shotokan tournament. Every year people look forward to the tournament because I think officiating is at a more professional level than they are used to at other tournaments. This tournament also gives the contestants a chance to see members from Europe and other countries of FSKA.
Q: How important are tournaments in Shotokan Karate ...
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Are Traditional Karate Kicks Better Than Tae Kwon Do's Flashy Kicks?

Black Belt Magazine

There is a maxim in traditional karate that goes something like this: If you learn several basic self-defense techniques well, they will serve you better in a life-threatening situation than an entire arsenal of fancy techniques.Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of sho-tokan karate, also believed in this concept. When he created shotokan, he incorporated only four kicking techniques, with the understanding that these four kicks alone could accomplish the same tasks as dozens of other "flashy" kicking maneuvers. However, as the popularity of kick-heavy styles such as tae kwon do and tang so do has increased, the credibility of shotokan kicks ...
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Fighting Arts: Kenneth Funakoshi Interview

Fighting Arts Magazine

In the Karate world, one could not boast a more famous ancestor than Master Gichin Funakoshi- the man revered as the 'Father of Japanese Karate' and the creator of the Shotokan Style. That ore o* - s descendants would become a senior-ranked master of Shotokan Karate is really not that unexpected a turn:-" events...However, for Hawaiian born Kenneth Funakoshi this was not a simple case of following in the j footsteps”. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii on September 4th 1938, Kenneth was aged 10 and attending the Fort Gakuen Japanese Language School, when he got his first taste of the Martial Arts. This was via Arakaki Sensei, a prominent and highly respected Judo master ...
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The Untraditional Traditionalist

Dojo Magzine

Psychologists have debated it for decades: nature versus nurture. Is our DNA our destiny, or are we a product of our environment? The issue can hardly be settled here, but perhaps one piece of evidence is the experience of Kenneth Funakoshi. The surname sounds familiar certainly, causing any martial artist to ask, "Are you any relation to...?" In addition, the answer is yes, Kenneth Funakoshi is the fourth cousin of Gichin Funakoshi, widely known as the Founder of Modern Karate. You would think it obvious that Kenneth Funakoshi is a Shotokan stylist, but here is where coincidence— or something more—comes into play. For while there were some vague mentions ...
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Kenneth Funakoshi Touching Budo

Masters Magzine

In 1960, Sensei Funakoshi started Karate training when the Japan Karate Association (JKA) assigned its first grand champion, Hirokazu Kanazawa, to teach at the Karate Association of Hawaii for three years. A young Ken Funakoshi trained under Masataka Mori, another senior instructor from the Japanese Karate Association. From 1966 to 1969, he trained under the third and last instructor sent by the JKA, the legendary Tetsuhiko Asai, another former grand champion from Japan. In 1969, after training 10 years under three of Japan's top instructors and winning the grand championship of the Karate Association of Hawaii for five years in a row (1964-1968), Sensei Kenneth Funakoshi was appointed as the Chief Instructor for the Karate Association of Hawaii. Sensei Funakoshi moved to San Jose, California to teach karate in December 1986, in 1987, the Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association was founded ...
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An Interview with Kyle Funakoshi

The Shotokan Way

An interview that has been somewhat ongoing for three years or so, this interview was finally completed in mid 2009. Kyle Funakoshi, son of world famous Kenneth Funakoshi, is a senior figure in the Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association. Throughout this interview, we learn about Kyle’s long karate history under his father and Chief Instructor of FSKA. Sharing memories and stories of his training history we explore more than just the Sensei and student relationship, but also the father and son relationship and their connection. We learn of Kyle’s approach to kumite, his training under a wide array of JKA instructors and about his life as a karate instructor ...
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Kyle Funakoshi: Advanced Strategies to Improve Your Shotokan Techniques Part 1

Black Belt Magazine

When you want to get good at anything, it’s always best to go to the source. When that anything is shotokan karate, the first source that comes to mind is anyone with the surname Funakoshi. Enter Kyle Funakoshi, a martial arts instructor based in Milpitas, California. He grew up in Hawaii, where he started training in shotokan techniques when he was 5. His sensei was his father, Kenneth Funakoshi, a man who’s no stranger to the pages of Black Belt — he appeared on the cover of the June 1992 issue. Kyle Funakoshi and his family moved to San Jose, California, 24 years ago so they could ...
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Kyle Funakoshi: Advanced Strategies to Improve Your Shotokan Techniques Part 2

Black Belt Magazine

In Part 1 of this article, martial arts instructor Kyle Funakoshi — son and student of Kenneth Funakoshi (who appeared on the June 1992 cover of Black Belt), as well as fifth cousin of the legendary Gichin Funakoshi — began breaking down advanced strategies for better shotokan techniques. Part 1 covered rhythm and timing. In Part 2, Kyle Funakoshi explores how your shotokan techniques can benefit from the understanding and practice of feinting and baiting. How Feinting Can Improve Your Shotokan Techniques Feinting is defined as a strategy for taking your shotokan techniques to the next level that entails the use of a deceptive movement to ...
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