Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
Born on January 12, 1938 in the Pangasinan region of the Philippines, Joseph A. Bunch began his study of Karate while serving in the military in Okinawa. In 1962, he became the student of Eizo Shimabukuro (born 1925, studied under Choki Motobu, Chotoku Kyan, Chojun Miyagi, Tatsuo Shimabukuro, and Chosin Chibana). Shimabukuro teaches the Shobayashi-Ryu form of Shorin-Ryu.
In 1973, Bunch began to study Okinawan Kenpo under Seijiro Maehara. In 1977, he was stationed to Hawaii, where he later retired. Bunch was approached by Richard Gonzales (who also studied under Maehara Sensei) who suggested that Bunch open an Okinawan Kenpo branch. Beginning in 1981, Seikichi Odo (1926 - 2002, student of Shigeru Nakamura, among others) began to visit Hawaii annually. Odo taught both Karate and Kobudo. Bunch became Odo's student. Another of Odo's students in Hawaii is Paul Ortino, Jr.
Bunch teaches Karate and Kobudo at many locations on Oahu. He is the Chief Instructor of the Hawaii-Okinawa Karate-Do Shudokan and a member of the Hawaii Karate Kodanshakai. His wife, Linda Bunch, is also an instructor.
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Joseph A. Bunch.
The spirit of Karate is the Aloha spirit
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