Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
Richard Kim was born on November 17, 1917, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Known to many by his childhood nickname of "Biggie", Richard Kim was truly one of Hawaii's leading Karate pioneers, particularly in the area of research and journalism. In 1927, at the tender age of 8, the young Kim watched a Karate demonstration at the Nuuanu YMCA by Kentsu Yabu, who was visiting Hawaii on his way back to Okinawa. A few years later in 1933, he met Mizuho Mutsu, who was visiting Hawaii from Tokyo with Kamesuke Higashionna.
As an adult, Kim worked for the President's Shipping Line, which enabled him to learn Karate and other arts in the orient. He became a member of the Dai Nippon Butokukai, then the leading martial arts organization in Japan. He often returned to Hawaii and visted various Karate dojo here, such as the Te Ken Jutsu Kai dojo of Masaichi Oshiro (originally a Kenpo Karate student of William H. Chow and later a Goju-Ryu student of Gogen Yamaguchi). One of his longtime students and supporters in Hawaii was James ("Jimmy") Miyaji (who provided the photo above). Kim later moved to San Francisco where he taught many students. One of his students was Anthony "Tony" Troche, who was from Hawaii and subsequently returned here. One his well known international students was Patrick McCarthy of the Ryukyu Karatejutsu Kokusai Kenkyukai (International Ryukyu Karatejutsu Research Society).
A list of books written by Kim is presented below. His articles are simply too numerous to list! More than any other Hawaii native, Kim spread the history and traditions of Karate through his research efforts and writing skills. His book, The Weaponless Warriors, is must reading for all Karate students.
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Richard Kim.
Books by Kim:
- The Weaponless Warriors: An Informal History of Okinawan Karate, 1974.
- The Classical Man, 1982.
- Kobudo: Okinawan Weapons, Volumes 1 (Matsu Higa), 2 (Hama Higa) and 3 (Chatan Yara), 1985.
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