Toshio Watanabe Sensei — 1918 to January 2018

Watanabe Sensei was born Toshio Kamata. When he married he changed his name to his wife’s family name Watanabe.

Watanabe Sensei was captain of the Waseda University Karate Club for several years prior to the second world war. He was a student of Master Gichin Funakoshi and Master Gigo Funakoshi.

Watanabe Sensei was the president of Tomon Kai (Karate Club graduate group) of Waseda University Karate Club for many years and always supported Ohshima Sensei’s efforts to spread karate throughout the world. Watanabe Sensei honoured us by participating in Canada Shotokan’s 25th Anniversary in 1997.

1953 Photo. Front row from left to right: Mr. Nishiyama, Isao Obata Sensei, Toshio Watanabe Sensei