Last Updated: May 2011
INTERNATIONAL KARATE ORGANIZATION KYOKUSHINKAIKAN CANADA
Est. 1966 – Incorp. 1997
Shihan began training Kyokushin
Karate in March 1968 with the Richmond Kyokushin Karate
Club, a branch school of the Vancouver Kyokushin Karate
Club and is currently graded Rokudan. He is Branch Chief
of the IKOK Canada, awarded by Sosai Mas Oyama, January
27, 1984. His responsibilities for Kyokushin Karate in Canada
are the Western & Central regions of the country. He
is Head Instructor of the Richmond Kyokushin Karate Club,
South Arm Dojo.
Stuart has traveled extensively throughout the world training,
competing, officiating and conducting IKO Officiating Seminars.
He competed in the 14th All Japan Championships and the
3rd World Tournament in Tokyo. Shihan has the distinction
of being the non-Japanese North American, with the exception
of Shihan Lowe, who has trained the most extensively with
Sosai Oyama. This has included regular training at the old
Honbu Dojo, Mt. Mitsumine, Yugawara camps, Hawaii Summer
Camps & North American Black Belt Conferences. Shihan
is also a Battalion Chief with the Richmond Fire Department
with responsibility for fire response & fire fighter
Kyokushin Karate North American
IKO International Committee Chairman
Senior IKOK-C Advisor:
Shihan B. Lowe
Bobby Lowe, 8th dan, is the Senior Instructor and International
Committee Chairman of the International Karate Organization
In 1953, Sosai awarded Shihan Lowe Shodan
in Nihon Karate-jutsu Oyama-ryu. He attained yondan by 1957,
Godan in 1965, shichidan on December 25, 1976, and Hachidan
on October 25, 1984. He is the most senior and oldest direct
student of Mas Oyama still active in the organization. Sosai
referred to Shihan as his brother because of their friendship
and close personal relationship that lasted for 40 years.
In 1952, Mas Oyama gave a demonstration
in Hawaii. Shihan saw him and was awed by the power of his
demonstration. After which, Shihan met with Sosai Mas Oyama
and arranged to train with him. As a result Sosai invited
Shihan to Tokyo to train with him. In this way Shihan Lowe
became the first Kyokushin uchi deshi or "live-in student"
of Mas Oyama. In late 1952 through early 1954 he trained
daily with Mas Oyama. He has returned to Tokyo every year
since that time to actively support the IKO through his
leadership, teaching and training.
Shihan has related that the training in
the early days consisted each day of 2 - 3 hour sessions;
the morning session for self-defense and kata, the evening
session for basics and kumite. The kumite was always knockdown
fighting and in those days the contact was more extensive
than it is today. Contact was allowed to the face with the
hands and the groin was an active target also. Limited grabbing
was allowed also.
This was changed about 1969/1970 in response
to the start of the annual All Japan Open Tournaments sponsored
by the IKO. Grabbing in tournament fighting was officially
excluded in 1981 for the 13th All Japan Open Tournament.
This type of fighting was predominant in western Canada
until about 1980.
In 1965 Shihan decided to start tournaments
in the USA to promote Kyokushin Karate. In April 1977 &
1978 he sponsored the Hawaii vs. Japan Kyokushin Tournament.
The Japanese team in 1978 consisted of Japanese film star
Sonny Chiba, Isao Kobayashi, Tatsuo Nakamura, Teruo Aonuma,
Makoto Nakamura, Toshio Noguchi, Seiji Kanemura, and Takashi
Azuma. This was the first major tournament exposure of the
Japanese Kyokushin fighters outside of Japan. The tournament
attracted 6000 spectators. Also giving demonstrations at
the event were Shigeru & Yasuhiko Oyama and Miyuki Miura.
Shihan also became active in teaching karate to law enforcement
agencies & Police departments for Honolulu, Las Vegas,
Dallas, and Salt Lake City.
Shihan is very experienced in other martial
arts as well. While still quite young, his achievements
were significant. By the age of 23, he was yondan in judo,
nidan in Kosho-ryu kempo, shodan in Yoshinkai aikido, and
a highly regarded welterweight boxer. His father, a Kung
Fu instructor, trained Shihan in the hard style of Silum
Pai. He trained judo with Kaiman Kudo and Tetsuro Higami
at the Nuuanu Hongwanji Boys Club on Beretania Ave.; Yoshinkai
aikido with Yukio Noguchi; and kosho-ryu kempo under Matayoshi
Mitose at the Honolulu’s Official Self-Defense Club
in the Beretania Mission. He was one of only 5 students
that received shodan from Mitose.
Shihan opened the first “School of Oyama” outside
Japan in 1957 in Hawaii.
Board of Directors:
Board of Directors
terms of reference:
- International Karate Organization Kyokushikaikan Canada
of Authorization from Mas Oyama, Sosai