Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai Salutes:
Ishun Kishimoto
July 2, 1905 - January 1981

Born in Nago, Okinawa, on July 2, 1905, Ishun Kishimoto immigrated to Hawaii as a teenager. He was one of the young men to participate in the demonstration at the Nuuanu YMCA during the 1927 visit to Hawaii of Kentsu Yabu. Admiral Kenwa Kanna also visited Hawaii that year.

Kishimoto performed the Gojushiho kata during the demonstration. See: Hyaku Hachi No Bonno: The Influence of The 108 Defilements and Other Buddhist Concepts on Karate Thought and Practice. Gojushiho (literally 54 steps) was taught by Anko Itosu, Yabu's teacher. While Itosu principally taught Shuri based kata, Gojushiho is generally thought to be a Naha kata. Many of the young men who participated in the Nuuanu YMCA demonstration were Yabu's former students in Okinawa.

While Kishimoto did not teach Karate in Hawaii, it appears that he may have been involved in the visits of Mizuho Mutsu and Kamesuke Higashionna in 1932, and Chojun Miyagi in 1934. He apparently visited Choshin Chibana (a student of Anko Itosu) in Okinawa in 1963. Chibana's students in Hawaii included Fumio Nagaishi and Pat Nakata .He also met with Shoshin Nagamine during his 1978 visit to Hawaii. Nagamine's visit was sponsored by Tommy Morita.

It appears that Kishimoto also practiced with sai.

Kishimoto was perhaps best known for his active role in Okinawan dance, both as a dancer and as a costume and prop maker for shibaya (stage performances) at McKinnley High School, Kawananakoa Elementary School, Farrington High School, and other venues in Hawaii. Many of his works could be seen at the old Hanagasa restaurant. Through his artistry and hard work, Kishimoto helped to promote the Okinawan culture.

The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Ishun Kishimoto.


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