Memorials

in memoriam

We join together in extending our love and support to our Genu-Kai Families in remembrance of Family member who have recently passed away.

From Genbu-Kai, our condolences to you and your family on the passing of your loved ones. We know that it is hard to bear right now, but remember that death is only the end of the physical life and the beginning of an eternal life. May our friendship and prayers ease you through this difficult time.

Japan & Spain
Sensei Akihiro Mieno (August 1946 – July 2017) passed away.
Kansas
Mrs. Wanda Lee Heinitz, wife of Mr. Dean Heinitz (Genbu-Kai Kansas), passed away on June 30, 2017.
California
Former OCC Karate Club President Larry Carlson’s wife Pat passed away on May 11, 2016.
Mexico
Raul Gonzalez’s mother passed away on April 28, 2016. Mr. Gonzalez is the Chief Instructor of Genbu-Kai Mexico.
Osaka, Japan
Soke Kenei Mabuni – 2nd Sōke and son of Shito-Ryu Founder, Kenwa Mabuni – passed away on December 19, 2015 at the age of 97 in Osaka, Japan. He was born on February 13, 1918 in Shuri, Okinawa.
Spokane, Washington
Teruo Chinen Sensei of the Jundokan International organization passed away on September 9, 2015 from diabetes and kidney disease.
St. Louis, Missouri
Randall G. Hassell, co-founder and President of American JKA Karate Association (AJKA) and Chief Instructor of the American Shotokan Karate Alliance (ASKA), passed away on August 4, 2015.
California
Condolences to the Ivan family in the passing of Michiko Ivan, ex-wife of Dan Ivan.
Panama
Stavros Costarangos’ mother, Sofia Pashales de Costarangos, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on February 28, 2015.
California
David Chu’s father passed away on February 24, 2015.
Switzerland
On Saturday, March 10 2012, Lorens Safavi passed away after fighting brain cancer for several years. Lorens was the Genbu-Kai head instructor for Switzerland. He was much loved by all of us who knew him, for his kind, generous nature, as well as his dedication to Genbu-Kai and Martial Arts.
USKA
In early March, Jim Hawkes of USKA passed away. He was a dear colleague and friend of Sensei Demura and Genbu-Kai, he was an important part of USKA, and he was dedicated martial arts practitioner and instructor.
California
Some time ago, Dan Lee, the beloved brother of Genbu-Kai student Mei Okumura, passed away from cancer, as the creator of the much loved character nemo, he had contributed something very special to the lives of uncountable people, and we honor his work and his legacy.
California
The beloved son of our dear member Milton and Marlene Gerloff pass away the wee of January 21, 2012 of a heart attack.
California
Our dear friend Ynette Holst passed away Sunday, October 2, 2011, after an all too brief fight with pancreatic cancer – she was a much loved member of the Santa Ana Dojo, a black belt in karate and batto.
California
Randall “Randy” Butler, a black belt who used to be an active member of our Riverside Dojo, passed away on September 3, 2011 of lung cancer.
California
Our dear Genbu-Kai family member Byron Fennema Okaji’s beloved father, Dick Hiroyuki Okaji, passed away May 31, 2011, at the age of 89. He had a kendo dojo in Hawaii, and his organization was called Ken-Yu-Kai.
California
Our dear Genbu-Kai Family member Byron Fennema Okaji’s very beloved mother, Atsudo “Mary” Kunimura Nennema, passed away May 3, 2011. She was born July 13, 1924 and lived a full, happy life.
California
Donald Bongiorno, Sr., our dear Genbu-Kai family member Denise Bongiorno-Nguyen’s very beloved father, passed away April 10, 2011.
Japan
Mr. Isamu Kishiki, father of Ken Nishiki, and lifelong friend of Shihan Demur, passed away February 11, 2011.
California
Senpai George Miyasako, a special member of our organization who was especially helpful and supportive of Shihan Demura.
California
Mai Hayakawa, a student of the Diamond Bar/Brea Dojo’s passed away in a car accident.
California
Richard Wetts, a student of the Costa Mesa dojo passed away after a long battle with cancer.