Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai Salutes:
Kanki Izumigawa
1908 - 1969

Kanki Izumigawa learned Goju-Ryu from Seko Higa on Saipan. Higa had studied under Kanryo Higashionna (of Naha-Te) and trained with Chojun Miyagi (the founder of Goju-Ryu). See Chojun Miyagi's 1934 Visit to Hawaii. Higa's senior student in Hawaii was Mitsugi Kobayashi.

Izumigawa was the founder of the Senbukan Dojo, which had its headquarters in Kawasaki City and branches in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kanagawa Prefecture. One of his students was Kenneth Murakami who was in Japan while on duty in the Air Force. George Miyasaki was another student from Hawaii. When Murakami returned to Hawaii, he taught Karate at several locations: his aunt's garage, the old Jikoen Temple, the Daijingu Temple, and the Aiea Hongwanji. Miyasaki also taught with Murakami.

Front row: Kyoichi Koike & Kanki Izumigawa. Back row:
Kenneth Murakami, unknown, George Miyasaki, unknown.

In 1961, Murakami sponsored the visit of Izumigawa to Hawaii. Izumigawa, 10th dan, was accompanied by Kyoichi Koike, 4th dan. The pair arrived in September and stayed for about three months. On October 20th, Izumigawa, Koike and students from Murakami's dojo, gave a demonstration at McKinley High School. This event also marked the third anniversary of the founding of the Goju-Ryu Hawaii Senbukan.

Tomu Arakawa, who had studied Karate growing up in Okinawa, was so impressed by this demonstration that he joined the Hawaii Goju-Ryu Senbukan School under Murakami. In 1963, Arakawa opened his own dojo called the Hawaii Senbukan Karate Dojo at the old site of the Jikoen Temple. The dojo later moved to the new Jikoen Temple site on the corner of Likelike Highway and School Street, where classes are still conducted.

Izumigawa was in Hawaii at the time of the founding of the Hawaii Karate Congress. The first president of the Congress was Hirokazu Kanazawa, who had arrived in Hawaii earlier that year. On November 2nd, Izumigawa, Kanazawa, Koike, and members of the Congress (Albert F. C. Fong, George Miyazaki, and Vice President Carlton Shimomi) met with Governor William F. Quinn. On November 5th, the Hawaii Karate Congress gave an Exhibition at the Civic Auditorium. The senior sensei from Japan who participated in the Exhibition included Izumigawa, Hidetaka Nishiyama, Kanazawa and Koike.

Tsuyoshi Chitose (a student of several prominent instructors, including Seisho Aragaki, Kanryo Higashionna, Chomo Hanashiro, and Chotoku Kyan) arrived in Hawaii the next month. Remarkably, there were two visiting 10th dans in Hawaii at the same time.

Izumigawa returned to Hawaii on June 27, 1964, accompanied by Takehiko Arakawa, 6th dan, and Ryoichi Yanase, 5th dan. They along with members of Murakami's dojo appeared at the Hawaii State Fair on July 1st, and gave a demonstration at the Kawananakoa School auditorium on September 6th.

The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Kanki Izumigawa.


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