Instructors

Instructors

Our Class Instructors:

We are pleased to introduce the instructors of the HQ FSKA Dojo. Our goal is to provide skilled, friendly and trusted instructors who are role models both inside and outside the Dojo. Thank you to all of our instructors for their time and effort. We would like to acknowledge all who have helped make FSKA successful over the years.

Photo of Shihan Kenneth Funakoshi

Shihan Kenneth Funakoshi

FSKA Founder and Advisor Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association
Address 1293 South Park Victoria Ave. Milpitas CA 95035 USA

Biography

Shihan Kenneth Yoshinobu Funakoshi, founder and advisor of the Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association is fourth cousin to Master Gichin Funakoshi – the founder of Modern Shotokan.

1938: 
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, September 4th

1948: 
Began Judo under Arazaki Sensei

1956–59: 
Attended the University of Hawaii after winning a swimming scholarship. Continued training in Judo and commenced training in Kenpo under Kajukenbo Founder, Adriano Emperado. Won 1st place Kumite in the first Kajukenbo tournament in Hawaii.

1959-60: 
Joined the USAF and taught Kenpo in Mexico.

1960-63: 
Transferred to Hawaii and began training in Shotokan under Hirokazu Kanazawa.

1963: 
Travelled to Japan to compete in the JKA Championships

1963-64: 
Moved to L.A. in order to train under Hidetaka Nishiyama.

1964–68: 
5 Times Grand Champion of JKA-Hawaii Runner up in H. Nishiyama’s All American Karate Federation Championship kata and kumite several years.

1965: 
Captain of Hawaii Team that defeated the All Japan Collegiate Championship Team

1966–69: 
Trained under Tetsuhiko Asai.

1967: 
Captain of Hawaii Team in JKA Championships in Tokyo. Advanced to the final day of competition in individual kumite.

1968: 
Coach of Hawaii Team that defeated All Japan Collegiate Championship Team.

1969: 
Appointed Chief Instructor of JKA-Hawaii.

1978: 
Awarded ‘Instructor of the Year’ by Black Belt magazine.

1984: 
Trained at JKA Instructor’s classes in Japan Appointed Chief Instructor of JKA Pacific region by Masatoshi Nakayama, Chief Instructor of JKA

1985: 
Awarded 7th Dan by Hawaii Karate Kodanshakai, a multi-style karate association of senior instructors.

1986: 
Moved to San Jose to teach Karate.

1987: 
Founded Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association to develop perfection of character through karate training and following the philosophy of Gichin Funakoshi’s Twenty Precepts.

1994: 
Awarded 8th Dan by Hawaii Karate Kodanshakai

1995–2005: 
Travels the world over teaching seminars, oversee gradings and supervise tournaments

2001: 
Awarded 9th Dan by Hawaii Karate Kodanshakai

2003: 
Sponsor of Annual FSKA World Championship in Las Vegas Sponsor of Annual FSKA European Championship in a different country every year

2007: 
Sponsor of Annual FSKA European Championship in England.

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