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History of Karate: The Story of Gichin Funakoshi Disciple Osamu Ozawa (Part 2)

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Terry Wilson interviews Gichin Funakoshi student and shotokan master Osamu Ozawa … at a Pizza Hut, of all places! An amazing story of a life lived through war, hard times, TV — and pachinko!
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Posted in Japanese Martial Arts History.

History of Karate: The Story of Gichin Funakoshi Disciple Osamu Ozawa (Part 1)

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Until his death on April 14, 1998, Osamu Ozawa was the highest-ranked shotokan karate master in the Western hemisphere. His place in the history of karate stemmed from a fascinating life — the kind most of us only read about.

Osamu Ozawa was born in 1925 in Kobe, Japan. His ancestors were samurai, and he was
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