Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
Born in Honolulu, G. Hisae Ishii-Chang's first experience in martial arts was during intermediate school. She studied Aikido under Yukio Noguchi at the Aiea Soto Mission. In 1967, she began her training in Karate. Her first teacher was Kiyohisa Hirano, and she trained at one of his classes held downtown near Beretania Street. She moved to the mainland to obtain her master's degree in English and continued Karate training. She attended law school at Santa Clara University. While there, she trained in San Jose at an affiliate dojo of Kenneth Funakoshi, who then resided in Hawaii.
Upon graduation from law school in 1982, she returned to Hawaii and continued her training under Funakoshi. She eventually became certified as a 4th degree black belt by the Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association.
In 1994, she started to teach Karate at the Kilauea Recreation Center. In 2000, she formed her own dojo, which is called Island Ki. She conducts classes three times a week. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, she teaches at the Kilauea Recreation Center. On Saturdays, she teaches at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii. Her dojo is very family oriented and her students range in age from 5 to 54. For information about classes, you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hisae has also worked to preserve the history and traditions of Karate in Hawaii by producing several television shows featuring senior instructors such as Hirokazu Kanazawa, Kenneth Funakoshi, Kiyohisa Hirano, Chuzo Kotaka, and Jimmy Miyaji. She also wrote the Hawaii Karate Seinenkai profiles for Kiyohisa Hirano and Clarice Tsuchiya-Hirano.
Hisae says, "Gratitude is one of the foundations of karate. Every time we do karate, we should be thankful for many things. In particular, we should be thankful for our teachers who taught us, for their teachers who taught them, and for this great tradition of passing on the knowledge of the martial arts from teacher to student. We should, likewise, be thankful for our friends who train with us--together we help each other learn about karate. Finally, we should be thankful for our students who will pass this accumulated knowledge to future generations. In such a way, the art of karate will be kept alive. Indeed, there are so many things for which to be grateful -- the list is infinite."
Very few women head their own dojo in Hawaii. Through her dedication to training, teaching and preserving the art, Hisae is a positive role model for all students.
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes and thanks G. Hisae Ishii-Chang.
The spirit of Karate is the Aloha spirit
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