Sensei Alan Sekiguchi
Sekiguchi Sensei has been in the martial arts for more than 55 years, 50 of those years dedicated to the study of Shotokan karate. He began karate as a freshman at the University of Hawaii in a club called UH Karate Kai, then a branch of the Karate Association of Hawaii. He studied under legendary Japan instructor Tetsuhiko Asai of the Japan Karate Association (JKA), who, up to his passing, had headed the internationally recognized karate organization Japan Karate Shotokai. After Asai Sensei moved on, Sekiguchi Sensei studied under local martial instructor Kenneth Funakoshi.
In June of 1983, following an impressive tournament career, Sekiguchi Sensei founded Hawaii Shotokan Karate. His hope was to instill in his then 5-year old daughter Remy the awesome values of character, faithfulness, perseverance, respect, and self-control that he had gained through his training. Four years later, 5-year old son Rylan also accepted the challenge!
In 2008, Sekiguchi Sensei was presented with a commendation and congratulations from the Hawaii State Senate for his "commitment to excellence in teaching Shotokan Karate." Then, in 2012 Sekiguchi Sensei was presented with the national Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award from the US-Japan Foundation for the many years he dedicated to promoting Japanese culture in the United States.
January 2017 marks Sensei's 50th year in karate! Although he has slowed down a bit, Sensei pledges to continue to teach karate, train, and inspire as many as he can for as long as he can! "Karate has truly become a life-style for me. Its challenges and benefits have definitely changed me in an incredibly positive way, and I would like others to experience this amazing transformation too!"
His tournaments credits read like a who's who in contest wins. These include:
1968 University of Hawaii Grand Champion
1968 Member, All-US Collegiate Team vs. All-Japan, All-European Teams
1969 University of Hawaii Grand Champion
1969 Member, All-US Collegiate Team vs. All-Japan Collegiate Team
1969 Japan vs. Hawaii, Kumite Grand Champion
1970 All Styles Team Championships, First place kumite
1971 Open Karate Tournament, First place kumite
1971 United Karate Schools of Hawaii Tournament, First place kumite
1972 Thirteenth Annual All-Hawaii Tournament, First place kumite
1972 Kajukenbo Karate Championships, First place kumite
1973 4th Annual Leeward Karate Championships, First place kumite
1974 San Jose Goodwill Team Championships, First place kumite
1974 Member, All-Hawaii Team vs. All-Mainland Team
1975 Member, All-Hawaii Team vs. All-Mainland Team