Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
Richard C. Kai Young was born on December 25, 1937 in Macao, a Portuguese colony in China at that time. He was raised in Shanghai, under hostile occupation, during the turbulent years of World War II. In 1948, he and his mother were reunited with his father who lived on Maui, where he is a native. There were challenging years for the youngster as he had to learn English while adjusting to entirely new surroundings, and meeting new challenges.
One of Young's childhood friends was Jesse Kuhaulua, who went on to become the Sumo champion Takamiyama in Japan. Young learned boxing, Judo and Aikido while growing up on Maui. He remembers training under Koichi Tohei (student of Morihei Ueshiba), the modern-day master of Aikido, during his visits to the island.
Young moved to Oahu in 1957 to attend the University of Hawaii, after graduating from Baldwin High School. He began to study Shotokan Karate in 1959 at the Butoku Karate Club under Kiyoshi Aihara, a Waseda University graduate who had studied under Gichin Funakoshi (founder of the Shotokan form of Karate, student of Anko Itosu and Anko Asato). Young was also a longtime martial arts disciple of Albert Empron, who had studied Lua, Kempo, and Goju-Ryu Karate.
In the early 60's, Young also trained under Kiyohisa Hirano in Wado-Ryu Karate. For a time, he was the head instructor in charge of J.I.K.C. branch schools in Windward Oahu. In 1964, Young opened his own dojo call the Hawaii Karate Kai, and has taught continously ever since. He also trained under Wally Jay, a senior student of Henry Seishiro Okazaki (founder of the Danzan-Ryu form of Ju Jitsu), during his visits to Hawaii. In the early 1970's, Young began to study Shorin-Ryu Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate under Tommy Morita (student of Masaichi Oshiro, Tsuyoshi Chitose, and Shoshin Nagamine, among others), a relationship that lasted until Morita's passing in 2000.
Karate is a family event for Young, as it involves his seven children and several grandchildren. Five of his children are black belts. Four are instructors: twins Richard C.P. and Reuben, as well as Janice and Raymond, who are veterans of Karate tournament competitions. Raymond is also a full time soldier with the Hawaii Air National Guard. Young's dojo, better known today as Karate Hawaii - Martial Arts School, has included children from the age of four to senior citizens in their 80's.
Young is long time member of the Hawaii Karate Kodanshakai and the Hawaii Karate Congress.
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Richard C. Kai Young.
The spirit of Karate is the Aloha spirit
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