Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
Winfred Ho, Sr. was born in the Palama section of Honolulu in 1927. While young, he studied Ju Jitsu/Judo for about 5 years under Henry Seishiro Okazaki. John Ah Sing was one of Okazaki's assistants and Wally Jay was also training at that time. Ho earned his shodan from Okazaki. He next studied Kung Fu under Professor Lau Kun at his store on Waialae Avenue. Around 1955, was one of the first students to join the Te-Ken Jutsu Kai dojo opened by Masaichi Oshiro at the McCully Community Center. Ho, Tommy Morita and Takamasa Bingo, became Oshiro's senior assistants.
Oshiro had been a student of William Chow at the Nuuanu YMCA. Chow, in turn, was a student of Masayoshi James Mitose, who popularlized Kenpo Karate (or Kempo Jiu-Jitsu) in Hawaii. In 1959, Oshiro Sensei visited Japan for one year, where he studied Goju-Ryu under Gogen Yamaguchi, and Okinawa, where he studied under Yagi Meitoku.
Before Oshiro went to Japan, Ho opened his own school at a Japanese church on School Street and later at the First Chinese Church of Christ. At this time, he was teaching Kenpo Karate. Robert Igarashi, who also studied under Carlton Shimomi, was his assistant.
Winfred Ho, Sr., Robert Igarashi (back row), Winfred Ho, Tsuyoshi
Chitose, & Tommy Morita (front row), at the Yamashiro Hotel.
In 1961, Ho (along with Tommy Morita and Jimmy Miyaji) co-sponsored the visit of Tsuyoshi Chitose, founder of Chito-Ryu and a student of several prominent instructors, including Seisho Aragaki, Kanryo Higashionna, Chomo Hanashiro, and Chotoku Kyan.
Ho continued to train with Oshiro Sensei and eventually added Goju-Ryu to the curriculum taught in his dojo.
Early members of the Hawaii Karate Congress. Front: Jimmy Miyaji,
Kenneth Murakami, Robert Igarashi, Winfred Ho. Back: Mitsugi
Kobayashi, unknown, unknown, Walter Nishioka, Carlton Shimomi.
Ho was a founding member of the Hawaii Karate Congress. He also trained with other Hawaii instructors, including Carlton Shimomi. Ho said that they all worked together. Ho continued to teach Karate until about 1970, at which time he retired from teaching Karate. He did continue his training, however, by studying Tai Chi under Professor Luk Chun Bond at Kapiolani Park for about two and one-half years.
Ho emphasized that Karate requires the unity of mind, body and spirit. "It takes the spirit you have in you to work on your mind and body." He also viewed training as being like climbing a mountain. At first, you start at the bottom, but with continuous practice you can climb to the top.
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Winfred E. S. Ho, Sr.
The spirit of Karate is the Aloha spirit
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