Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai Salutes:
Paul Yamaguchi
born 1925

Paul Yamaguchi was born in Honolulu in 1925. He studied JuJitsu/Judo under Henry Seishiro Okazaki (founder of the Danzan-Ryu form of Ju Jutsu).

Yamaguchi was one of the original students of James Mitose (1916-1981) in the early 1940s at the Nuuanu Y.M.C.A., and eventually became one of his first six black belt holders. The others were Thomas S. H. Young, William K. S. Chow, Jiro Nakamura, Paul Yamaguchi, and Bobby Lowe. Mitose initially called his art "Kempo Jiu-Jitsu". He later used the term "Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu".

Yamaguchi also studied under and with other instructors, including Okinawan Issei instructors known as Oshiro Sensei and Miyashiro Sensei, Mitsugi Kobayashi, and Bobby Lowe (with whom he taught).

Yamaguchi eventually moved to the island of Kauai. The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Paul Yamaguchi.


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