This week in history (25 June – 1 July)

25 June

On 25 June 1959 the first written correspondence between Vernon Bell and head of Yoseikan Karate, Minoru Mochizuki took place. 

Mochizuki had first come to France in the early 1950s to conduct a number of training sessions in Judo and Aikido. All correspondence between Mochizuki and Bell had previously gone through Henri Plee. It was through Plee that Bell had the opportunity to train with Mochizuki’s son Hiroo. It was also through Plee’s encouragement that Bell introduced Karate into Britain 

However, following a disagreement between Bell and Plee, Bell made the decision to correspond with Mochizuki directly. 

In his letter to Mochizuki, Bell detailed the difficulties he was having with the French Karate Federation. He inquired if it would would be possible for the british Karate Federation (BKF) to become representatives of Yoseikan karate in Britain. He also proposed the formation of a new European Karate Union that would include the German Karate Federation headed by Jurgen Seydel. 


On 25 June 2015 the “First Lady” of British Karate, Molly Samuel-Leport, was awarded an MBE for Serices to Karate, in the Queen’s Birthday Honor’s List. She received her award at Buckingham Palace. 

26 June

On 26 June 1965 Hirokazu Kanazawa took his first teaching trip to The British Karate Federation’s (BKF) Dundee dojo. He was there for a week. 

The Dundee dojo was located at the Dundee United Sporting Club in Coupers Alley, Wellgate. It was run by William McGuire who became a BKF member in February 1965. 

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