Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
Masaichi Oshiro began his training in Kenpo Karate at the Nuuanu Y.M.C.A. under Professor William K. S. Chow (1914-1987), one of the original students of Professor James M. Mitose (1916-1981). Other students under Professor Chow included Edmund Parker, Adriano Emperado, Joe Emperado, Manny Delacruz, and Ralph Castro. Oshiro Sensei also trained with many of Mitose's students, including Bobby Lowe, Paul Yamaguchi and Arthur Keawe.
In 1956, Oshiro Sensei opened his own dojo, called the Te-Ken Jutsu Kai (Hand Fist Technique Club), at the McCully Recreational Center. Some of the notable students at the Te-Ken Jutsu Kai were Tommy Morita, Takamasa Bingo, Winfred Ho, Jimmy Miyaji, Rodney Hu, Solomon Kupahu, Jimmy Tai Hook, and Karate researcher Bruce Haines. He also taught classes in Kaneohe.
In 1959, Oshiro Sensei visited Japan for one year, where he studied Goju-Ryu under Gogen Yamaguchi. Although he was already in his 30s, he trained relentlessly with high school and college students many years his junior. He then went to Okinawa for six months, where he trained with Yagi Meitoku. Upon his return to Hawaii, Oshiro Sensei taught Goju-Ryu to his students at the Te-Ken Jutsu Kai, who up until then had practiced Kenpo Karate. Students with rank were required to start over as white belts.
Oshiro and his dojo sponsored two visits to Hawaii by Yamaguchi. The first was in October 1966. An Exhibition and Tournament was held on October 8th at the McKinley High School auditorium. The second visit was in November 1969. The 1969 Goju-Kai Karate-Championships were held at the Civic Auditorium on November 1st.
Oshiro Sensei taught Goju-Ryu until the 1980's, when retired. To this day, however, he continues to be sought out by former students.
When Charles C. Goodin asked Oshiro Sensei about his long Karate career, he answered: "I'm glad that I practiced Karate because I enjoyed it. The main thing was that it helped students to become better people and citizens."
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Masaichi Oshiro, a true teacher of teachers, and his dedication to the ideals of Karate.
The spirit of Karate is the Aloha spirit
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