This week in history (8 June – 14 June)

8 June

On 8 June 1955 Shotokan master, Masao Kagawa, was born in Osaka, Japan.

Like his older brother, Masayoshi, Masao Kagawa was a JKA All-Japan kumite champion.


9 June

On 9 June 1961, Andy Sherry officially joined the British Karate Federation’s Liverpool dojo, although he had already been training with Fred Gille for some two years.

Sherry was dedicated to his training and would take every opportunity to increase his knowledge. He made frequent trips to train at Vernon Bell‘s London dojo.


On 9 June 2008 senior International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF) members, James Field, Robin Rielly, and Maynard Miner were promoted to 8th Dan.


10 June

On 10 June 1946 Michael Dewey, the Chief Instructor of Shotokan of England Karate Union (SEKU), was born.

Dewey, a boat builder by trade, began his Karate training in 1967 at the Portsmouth Karate Club. Dewey, a keen footballer, was introduced to the new art of Karate by his girlfriend. On weekends Ray Fuller, a black belt from Keinosuke Enoeda‘s Blackfriars Shotokan dojo in London, would travel to Portsmouth to teach.

In 1972 Dewey earned his 1st Dan from Enoeda at a Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) Summer Training Course, held at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London.

In 1982 Dewey was appointed the Chief Instructor of the South of England Karate Union (SEKU), which was eventually renamed to Shotokan of England Karate Union.


12 June

On 12 June 1965, Hirokazu Kanazawa took his first teaching trip outside of London to the British Karate Federation’s (BKF) Liverpool dojo. The trip lasted from 12 to 19 June.

Kanazawa’s teaching schedule included teaching on the Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On the weekdays he taught from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

During his visit Kanazawa did not perform any gradings. It is thought he taught the katas Heian Yondan, Heian Godan and Tekki Shodan.


On 12 June 1980, multiple World Kata Champion, Antonio Jose Diaz Fernandez, was born in Caracas Venezuela.

He started training in 1986 when he was five years old, influenced by his parents who were both karatekas. His first Karate style was Shito-Kai karate under Sensei Shoko Sato, notable for being the first Japanese Karate sensei to start teaching in Venezuela.

Author: Patrick Donkor

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