The History and Development of Shoto Budo - page 4


Mitsusuke Harada's Influence

Mitsusuke Harada was born in 1928 in Manchuria and joined the Shotokan Dojo in Tokyo at the youthful age of 14 where lessons were taken by various karate masters, including Hironishi, Uemura, Hayashi and Yoshitaka Funakoshi, O'Sensei's son.

He was one of two senior students who left Japan in 1955 with Master Funakoshi's blessing to start Karate Do afresh in other parts of the world: Master Mitsusuke Harada (in Brazil and later in Europe) and Master Tsutomu Ohshima in the USA. As the term Shotokai had yet to be registered formally, the term Shotokan as a dojo name was adopted by both masters. Master Harada renamed his school when he moved to settle in Europe in 1963 and called it the Karate-do Shotokai (KDS) and Master Ohshima's school remained the Shotokan Karate of America (SKA).

Harada Sensei had been impressed by Master Morehei Ushiba of Aikido and also had many friends who practised Judo, Aikido and Kendo as well as Brazilian Capoeira which were clearly an influence on his approach to developing karate.

He is one of the few masters still living to have trained under O'Sensei's son, Yoshitaka Funakoshi. Master Harada practiced as a private student of Funakoshi when the Shotokan was destroyed in the war. At Waseda University, he was influenced by other great masters and was close friends with Master Ohshima, before training as a private student to Shigeru Egami. Master Harada introduced karate to Brazil in 1955, the year he received his 5th Dan from Master Funakoshi. He travelled to Europe in 1963, teaching in France and Belgium. He came to Great Britain at the invitation of the respected Judo and Aikido Master Kenshiro Abbe becoming the first Japanese karate instructor to take up residence in this country where he formed his own independent karate organisation in 1965.

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