Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
Born in Wailuku, Mauii, on October 14, 1948, Del Saito began training in the martial arts at the age of 11 (Judo) and by the age of 16 had earned a black belt in Karate-do. His Karate instructors included: Al Kahalekulu (Chito-Ryu, founded by Tsuyoshi Chitose, 1898 - 1984), Chuzo Kotaka (Shito-Ryu), and Kenzo Mabuni (Seito Shito-Ryu). Kenzo Mabuni was the son of Shito-Ryu founder, Kenwa Mabuni. In addition to Karate, Saito also studied Eishin-Ryu Iaijutsu. Saito eventually moved to the mainland, and now has his main dojo in Grants Pass, Oregon, where he teaches Karate and Kobudo.
On October 11, 2008, Saito Sensei came to Hawaii with several of his Shihan Kai members and senior students to celebrate the opening of Saito-ha Shito-Ryu Karate-Do. Several senior local instructors were invited to the event held at the Willows Restaurant. They included Walter Nishioka, James Miyaji, Lee Donohue, and Charles C. Goodin on behalf of the Hawaii Karate Museum.
A wealth of information about Saito Sensei is available at his Del Saito's Martial Arts Training Center website.
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Del Saito.
The spirit of Karate is the Aloha spirit
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