Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
Furyu: The Budo Journal
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai Salutes:
Wayne Muromoto
born 1954

Born in Waialua, Hawaii, in 1954, Wayne Muromoto earned a BA at Cornell University in Japanese language and literature in 1976 and a Master's of Fine Arts at the University of Hawaii at Monoa in 1983. He also did postgraduate course work at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Education. He is currently an instructor in Digital Art at Leeward Community College. He has worked as a freelance artist, journalist, high school instructor and program head, and college journalism instructor.

But Muromoto is perhaps best known for his training in and publishing on the martial arts. He began his training at the Waialua Judo and Aikido Club around 1966. He trained for four years at the Cornell Judo and Aikido Club under Michael Sherard and Raoul Sudre, and earned a nidan in Judo from Sachio Ashida. He worked out with the 1976 US Olympic team as a "sparring partner," trained briefly at the Kaimuki Judo Club and PAL Judo Club before retiring from Judo, and briefly at the Waialae Aikido Dojo before retiring from Aikido.

He began karate at the Sunset Beach Karate Club under John Isabello, John Widmer and Ben Ballesteros, Jr., and continued under Chuzo Kotaka. He earned a shodan or nidan before retiring from Karate.

He did some Koryu training under Quintin Chambers in Shindo Muso-ryu jo and met Donn F. Draeger. He did some other koryu, including Iai under Chuichi Furuyama, a bit of Kendo and some Naginata as well.

In 1984, in Kyoto, Japan, Muromoto started training in Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu and Seitei Iaido under Ohmori Masao of the Kyoto Rakutokai, Butokuden; and Takeuchi-ryu Kobudo under the 16th head of Bitchu-den Takeuchi-ryu, Ono Yotaro. He eventually received ranking in both Iaido and Takeuchi-ryu and authorization to teach in the early 1990s.

He also briefly studied Tai Chi Ch'uan and Tai Chi sword and saber under Patricia Leong.

Muromoto has written many articles about the martial arts. In 1994, Muromoto founded the best martial arts magazine ever published in Hawaii -- Furyu: The Budo Journal. Covering an incredible range of subjects, from Karate, to Judo, Aikido, Iaido, Kobudo, and Kendo, Muromoto interviewed and wrote about some of the most important instructors in Hawaii, and around the world. He also encouraged many budding writers, including the host of this site, Charles C. Goodin.

Muromoto continues to teach Ju Jutsu and Iaido and to conduct research and write about the traditional martial arts. He also maintains the Furyu.com website which presents many articles online.

The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Wayne Muromoto.

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