Hanshi Hideo Watanabe performing Seipai
BORN in Tokyo, Japan, in 1946, Hanshi Watanabe has been training and studying the martial arts for in excess of 40 years.
He competed in local junior Sumo competitions between 8 and 13 years age and started judo training at 15, attaining the rank of Nidan (2nd Dan) in Kodokan Judo at age 18.
He was initiated in to Goju-Ryu Karate-do by Master Masashi Sudo in 1963, at age 17.
In 1969 Hanshi Watanabe, as a member of the legendary Tokyo team, competed in the first All Japan Karate-do Championships conducted by the Japan Karate Federation.
Then, in 1972, Hanshi Watanabe left Tokyo for his new post at Seiko Time Corporation in Toronto, Canada where he stayed for three years. During his stay, he practiced karate at Sensei Tsumura's karate school (Itosukai Shito-Ryu) as Sensei Tsuruoka's karate school (Chito-Ryu and Shotokan style) as a guest instructor.
At the age of 29 Hanshi Watanabe was awarded the rank of Godan (5th Dan) by the Japanese Karate Federation and at that time was one of the youngest 5th Dans in the federation.
Hanshi Watanabe came to Australia in 1977 and in 1982 his organisation, Shubukai, was admitted into the Australian Karate Federation.
In 1979 Hanshi Watanabe received his Bubishi Master's Degree in Goju-Ryu karate-do from his teacher, Master Masashi Sudo.
By 1983 Hanshi Watanabe had resigned from Seiko Australia to become a professional karate teacher.
Hanshi Watanabe's karate lineage can be traced back through masters Masashi Sudo, Sosui Ichikawa, Kanki Izumikawa and Seiko Higa to the founder of Goju-Ryu, Chojun Miyagi and his master, Kanryo Higaonna.
A founding member of the Kokusai Karate-do Shihan Kai (International Karate Masters Society), Hanshi Watanabe was awarded Hachidan (8th Dan) by Master Sudo in 1997 and Kyudan (9th Dan) in 2010.
Hanshi Kenshu Hideo Watanabe
PO Box 700
North Sydney NSW 2059
Phone: +61 2 9427 7051