Spotlights and Profiles

The Founders

The Masters

The Pioneers

The Legends

The Competitors

The Cover Stars

The Spotlight series and Profiles series showcases individuals who have made a contribution to the Karate world. The Masters are those individuals who have really mastered their art and are inspirational. The Pioneers are those individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Karate world. Finally the Competitors are those individuals who have excelled in kata and kumite in the tournament arena.


 The Founders

Funakoshi, Gichin Mabuni, Kenwa Miyagi, Chojun Oyama, Masutatsu

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 The Masters

Asai, Tetsuhiko Demura, Fumio Egami, Shigeru Harada, Mitsusuke
Enoeda, Keinosuke Higaonna, Morio Inoue, Yoshimi Kagawa, Masao
Kanazawa, Hirokazu Kase, Taiji Kim, Richard Mikami, Takayuki
Mochizuki, Hiroo Mochizuki, Minoru Miyazaki, Satoshi Nagamine, Shosin
Nakaima, Kenko Nakayama, Masatoshi Nishiyama, Hidetaka Obata, Isao
Ochi, Hideo Okazaki, Teruyuki Osaka, Yoshiharu Ozawa, Osamu
Sakumoto, Tsuguo Shiomitsu, Masafumi Shirai, Hiroshi Suzuki, Tatsuo
Takashina, Shigeru Tanaka, Masahiko Yahara, Mikio

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The Pioneers

Alcheik, Jim Arneil, Steve Bell, Vernon Bindra (Laville), Pauline
Cope, Frank Donovan, David ‘Ticky’ Dorfman, Malcom Doug James
Field, James Funakoshi, Kenneth Ivan, Dan Luis Maria Sanz
Mack, Charles Merriman, Chuck Morris, Tommy Murakami, Tetsuhiko
Nakayama, Mie Nowak, Frank Okamura-Hamasaki, Suzuko Plee, Henri
Rielly, Robin Schmidt, Stan Seaton, Walter Sherry, Andy
Tamang, Pemba Takamizawa, Toru Thompson, Chris Valera, Dominique

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The Legends

Brennan, Frank Cattle, Steve Charles, Vic Hazard, Dave
Higgins, Billy O’Neill, Terry Poynton, Bob Rhodes, Bob
Trimble, Aidan Whitcher, Eddie

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The Competitors

Adam, Hamish Aghayev, Rafael Best, George Brose, Douglas
Christopher, Ronnie Codrington, Eugene Diaz, Antonio Duggin, Patricia
Etienne, Mervyn Hall, Elwyn Kurosawa, Hiroki McKay, Pat
Milon, Michael Mimura, Yuki Otto, Wayne Pinna, Christophe
Samuel, Molly Thompson, Geoff Usami, Rika Valdesi, Luca
van Mourik, Guusje Wakai, Atsuko

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The Cover Stars

Alexander, Gary Arneil, Steve Asai, Tetsuhiko Casanassa, Chris
Charles, Vic Chinen, Teruo Codrington, Eugene Daniels, Eddie
Demura, Fumio Donovan, Ticky Enoeda, Keinosuke Funakoshi, Kenneth
Hazard, Dave Higaonna, Morio James, Doug Kanazawa, Hirokazu
Kase, Taiji Kim, Richard Kimura, Shigeru McCarthy, Patrick
Merriman, Chuck Milon, Michael Nakayama, Masatoshi Nishiyama, Hidetaka
O’Neill, Terry Ohshima, Tsutomu Okazaki, Teruyuki Otto, Wayne
Ozawa, Osumu Pinna, Christophe Poynton, Bob Rowen, Chris
Samuel, Molly Seaton, Walter Sherry, Andy Shiomitsu, Masafumi
Suzuki, Tatsuo Takamizawa, Toru Thompson, Geoff Trimble, Aidan
Valera, Dominique Wasniewski, Gary Wellington, Unel Yahara, Mikio

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5 thoughts on “Spotlights and Profiles

  1. I briefly trained in Karate in the ’60s and I am proud to say that I was fortunate to have had Steve Arneil and later Charles Mack as the trainer’s, in Stratford and Holborn. Both had their own styles and neither suffered fools gladly. Arneil was hard almost to the point of being rude and Mack could give you a frightening stare. I clearly remember 50+ years later how his eyes narrowed, so he ALMOST LOOKED Japanese. I achieved little or nothing but it was mainly because I could not dedicate the necessary time to the art. They were excellent teachers.

  2. Hi Patrick. I just recentently discovered your site. Fantastic job. I particularly enjoyed the spotlight on Egami. I just realized that I have a first english edition of his book. His understanding of Aikido and emphasis on relaxation is most interesting. Reminds me of Rick Hotton.

  3. I see and hear nothing about Al McIntosh. He was South-African Kumite Champion around 1976- 1979. At that stage he was 3rd DAN JKA. He had a brother who joined him (Mike McIntosh). They had a karate club South or Johannesburg in Heidelberg. They trained at Sensei Stan Schmidt’s club. Al MCIntosh died of cancer in his late thirties to early fourties. His brother Mike could not sustain the club, trying to make it with his red Volkswagen beatle before 18:30 with heavy traffic from Johannesburg. Dries Lagrange took over the club with Bernard and Carrol Raubenheimer as Sempai trainers. Dries’ second eldest son Johan La Grange ended up fighting for the World Championship. I was a also Sempai at Sensei Dries Lagrange’s club. Sensei Dries died late eighties and early nineties of a heart condition. Sensei Dries was a fitness fanatic, one of my favourite people. I recall training his sons Andries and Johan, being very talented and always hoping that Johan would go places.

    1. Thanks for your comments Manie. This is one of the reasons for this site. There are many great martial artists who have been largely forgotten and it would be nice to recognise them.

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