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    Default Living Funakoshi students

    Who are the remaining Karateka who trained with Funakoshi Gichin?

    I know Hirokazu Kanazawa did. Are there any others still alive?
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    Mitsusuki Harada (Born 1928), of Shotokai, is the oldest I know of. He is also resident here, living in London in 2008. The last time I was lucky enough to see him.
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    Default Harada

    Ah, I forgot about Harada. I know somebody who trained with him as well - I must be going senile!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Keegan View Post
    Ah, I forgot about Harada. I know somebody who trained with him as well - I must be going senile!
    I'm not up to date on my JKA but is SUGIURA Motokuni still alive. How about OSHIMA Tsutomu? How about OKAZAKI Teruyuki ? How about MIKAMI Takayuki

    They all say they trained with Funakoshi.
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    Thanks for all your responses. There seems to be a lot more around than I expected.
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    Default OKAZAKI Teruyuki

    Is in Philadelphia
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    Default There are many living Students of Funakoshi

    O'Sensei Funakoshi passed away in 1957 there are many of his students still alive from the 1953-1954 class of Wasada University that Tsutomu Ohshima, and Mitsusuke Harada were classmates and dojo brothers in was also Kenjero Kawanabe form Atsugi Japan who is still alive and teaching in japan. Just to mention one class of Funikoshi's students and I am sure if you ask Oshima Sensei or Kawanbe Sensei they would know quite a few of the student who are still alive and treaching.

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