Updated September 01, 2018 05:01:08 When a Karate instructor died, his name was forever associated with the sport, and its history in the United States.
The Karate Association of America (KAA) passed away in November 2018 after its chairman and CEO, Joe Yokota, passed away from heart failure.
The KAA was founded in 1882, and has grown into a global karate organisation that has a global membership.
Its founder, Joseph Karate, had a lifelong interest in karate and began training at the age of six.
He was the first to be trained by Joe Yokoto and his wife, Elizabeth, in 1896, and trained under the name of Joe Yoshino.
In 1906, Karate was officially renamed the Karate School of America in Los Angeles.
In 1921, Karatas first class instructor, Joseph Kanoi, was killed in an accident in which he was not wearing a belt.
Despite his death, Kanois legacy remained alive.
The KAA passed away at a funeral in March 2018.
Joe Yokoto was one of the first people to train a student, and in 1935, the KAA merged with the Karatay Academy in Tokyo to form the KAAA.
Kanoi passed away peacefully on March 6, 2018 at age 77, the last person to hold the KWA title.
Karate legend Joe Yoko was known for his love of karate.
“Karate was always his thing, and he was really a katakana guy,” his son Joe said.
When Joe Yokoyas death passed away, the world of katas and karate began to mourn.
During his lifetime, the Karata Association of the United Kingdom (KAUK) donated money to help raise money for a foundation dedicated to fund research on karate in the UK.
More than 100 people attended his funeral.
After the death of Joe Yokozas life, karate was reborn and became the next step in kata’s history.
Now the world is learning more about karate through the karate academy, Karata Academy, and the KAWA, an organisation that provides education and training to young people and their parents around the world.
It’s a story of resilience and hope for karate fans, and a story that continues to be told by karate schools around the globe.
This article was originally published on ABC News.com.au.
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