I have a huge storage of historical photos. Many of them are part of my book. For space reasons, however, I could not publish many of these great photos in my book.
Today I present you two old extraordinary photos from the years 1964 and 1965.
The picture from 1964 shows the late master Hanshi Ichikawa of Doshinkan performing Kata Gojushiho. The other picture shows different disciples of the Shudokan Dojo, among them today's masters Nakayama Hanshi, Tanaka Hanshi and Ichikawa Nobuo Hanshi, today's leader of Karatedo Doshinkan.
Photo Credit: Thanks to Ishida Kenshin Hanshi, who also published these rare pictures on his Facebook page.
Recently I had a conversation with Boon Heng Lee Sensei from Hong Kong about Karatedo in general and Keishinkan Karate in particular. Boon Heng Lee Sensei trained Keishinkan in Singapore in the mid-1970s.
In "Toyama Kanken - The Heritage of Shudokan" I write extensively about Hiramatsu Sensei (1937-1997).
My book mainly contains pictures from his time in Venezuela. At this time Hiramatsu Sensei wore a bald head and has a long beard. There are hardly any photos of the young Hiramatsu Sensei. Photos are currently circulating on the Internet claiming that the young Hiramatsu Sensei is pictured on it. But he is not! For clarification, I would like to publish some photos that I received from Ishida Sensei.
The photos are largely from the opening of Hiramatsu Sensei's Dojo in Japan (1972). A photo shows Hiramatsu Sensei during a European trip at the airport of Amsterdam. It seems interesting to me that he wrote a postcard to Ishida Sensei at that time and expressed his wish to visit Ichikawa Hanshi (Doshinkan) in Vienna.
All those who ordered a book from me have also received a postcard. I was repeatedly asked what this postcard and the people depicted on it are all about. Although I have already posted this topic on Facebook, I would like to start my blog with it and introduce my teachers, mentors and companions in the Shudokan lineage to you.
Reinhold Hirsch Sensei
In this blog I would like to answer some of your questions about the book. In addition, there are a variety of photos and interesting stories that have not found entry into the book. Furthermore, the blog should serve to give you new historical insights immediately, so you do not have to wait for the second edition of my book.