Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
Edward "Bobby" Lowe is truly one of Hawaii's most senior Karate instructors. As a child, he learned Kung Fu from his father, an instructor of Sil Lum Pai. He also learned Judo growing up, at the dojo of Henry Seishiro Okazaki, and eventually became a student of Masayoshi James Mitose, who popularlized Kenpo Karate (or Kempo Jiu-Jitsu) in Hawaii. In fact, Lowe was one of only a few students to earn a black belt from Mitose (the others were Thomas S. H. Young, William K. S. Chow, Jiro Nakamura, Arthur Keawe, and Paul Yamaguchi).
Mas Oyama (left) and Bobby Lowe (right)
In 1952, Lowe was introduced to Mas Oyama, who was visiting Hawaii on the way to the mainland. Oyama had not become a wrestler yet, and was seeking to popularize Karate in the United States. So impressed was Lowe with Oyama's form of Kyokushin ("ultimate truth") Karate, that he he became Oyama's student and spent years learning directly from him in Japan. Oyama also visited Hawaii several more times. In 1957, Lowe opened the first Kyokushin dojo outside of Japan. He continues to teach the Kyokushin form of Karate to this day, and often teaches and officiates at events around the world. He has practiced and taught the Kyokushin form of Karate for over 50 years.
Lowe wrote and published several books on Karate. These include: Mas Oyama's Karate As Practiced in Japan, by Bobby Lowe, 1964; The "Young Lions" of Mas Oyama's Kyokushin Karate Headquarters, by Necef Artan (published by Bobby Lowe), 1985; and Kyokushin Karate: Self-Defense Techniques, by Bobby Lowe, 1999. In 1994, he also produced an excellent video entitled Mas Oyama's Kyokyushi Karate Self-Defense Techniques (see image at right).
Lowe also found time to study Aikido, Ju Jutsu, boxing, and to train with other Karate experts. He stated that he and Paul Yamaguchi (another former Mitose yudansha), practiced with Seishin Uehara, one of Hawaii's prewar Okinawan Karate sensei.
Lowe is also a member of the Hawaii Karate Kodanshakai. On September 17, 2005, Lowe and James Miyaji were recognized by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii at the 2005 Celebration of Lifetime Achievement dinner at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. They were the Karate honorees. The other honorees were: Dr. Noboru Akagi and Shigeo Yoshinaga (Kendo); Takashi Nonaka and Shinichi Suzuki (Aikido); and Albert M. Aoki and Tsuruo Fukushima (Judo). The honorees "represent the many sensei who have undergone decades of rigorous training in their arts and then given unselfishly of their knowledge to generations of students from the first immigrants till today."
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Bobby Lowe: a lifelong student of the martial arts, devoted student of Mas Oyama, and one of the most senior instructors of Kyokushin Karate in the world.
The spirit of Karate is the Aloha spirit
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