Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai Salutes:
Fumio Nagaishi
born 1926

Born in Hawaii in 1926, Fumio Nagaishi moved to Okinawa in 1950. He lived and worked there until 1988 -- a total of 38 years.

Nagaishi practiced Karate under Choshin Chibana, a student of Anko Itosu and the founder of the Kobayashi-Ryu form of Shorin-Ryu. He also studied Kobudo under Shinei Kyan, a student of Shosei Kina. (For a profile of Kyan, see: The 1940 Karate-Do Special Committee: The Fukyugata "Promotional" Kata, by Charles C. Goodin.) Nagaishi's principal instructor of Kobudo was Shinken Taira (1879-1970). Taira had studied under Gichin Funakoshi (student of Anko Itosu and Anko Asato), Yabiku Moden, and Kenwa Mabuni (student of Anko Itosu and Kanryo Higashionna).

When Nagaishi returned to Hawaii, he instructed Pat Nakata (who had also trained with him in Okinawa), and other students. Nagaishi taught a variety of traditional Okinawan weapon arts, including bo, sai, nunchaku, tonfa, tinbe and tekko.

The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Fumio Nagaishi.


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