Sensei Wesley Nakamoto
Chief Instructor, HIS Karate-Do Foundation
Sensei Wesley Nakamoto was born in Honolulu in 1951. He studied Aikido from 1963-1968 under Senseis Kimura and Moriyama in Pearl City. He started in Shotokan Karate-Do in 1970 under Sensei K. Funakoshi in Honolulu. In 1974, he received Shodan, a BFA in Urban/Regional Planning, got married, and was commissioned as an Air Force 2LT. Sensei Wes spent one tour at Vandenberg AFB as an Environmental Planner, son was born (1975), received MPA in Urban/State/Federal Governance, continued training/teaching Shotokan under Sensei F. Anderson in Lompoc CA. Upon returning to Hawaii, he spent 25 years with IBM Corp and continued to train/teach Shotokan under Sensei E. Fujiwara in Mililani. His daughter was born in 1980. In 1992, Sensei Wes established Shotokan Karate Center. From 1992-2001, he served as President and Assistant Chief Instructor of the SKC. He has also studied Tai Chi, Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu and Filipino Escrima during the nineties. In 2001, he established the New Hope Pearl Community Karate Ministry. Also in 2001, Sensei Wes left IBM and became the Environmental Protection Specialist for both Transformation and Privatization Initiatives for the US Army in Hawaii. He retired from federal civil service with the U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii in 2014. In 2015, Sensei Wes began a post-retirement job with the State of Hawaii Judiciary as a Court Planner.
Sensei Peter Yuh, Jr.
Assistant Chief Instructor, HIS Karate-Do Foundation
Sensei Peter Yuh, Jr. began his training in Shotokan Karate in Dec 1970 with the Karate Association of Hawaii (KAH), which at the time was headed by the renowned Shotokan Master Kenneth Funakoshi. He quickly rose through the KAH ranks while training at the highly competitive University of Hawaii (UH) Dojo. His UH Karate-Kai peers recognized him for his dedication and hard work, electing him as the University Karate-Kai President in early 1973. Later that year he was promoted to Shodan. In the Fall of 1974, Sensei Peter entered the Air Force and was assigned to Kincheloe Air Force Base, Michigan. While there, he established the Kincheloe Karate Club, sharing his knowledge in Karate with many dozens of students until the base closed in late 1977. Upon returning to Hawaii in 1981, he resumed his training at KAH and the Japan Karate Association under Sensei’s Funakoshi and Ed Fujiwara. He continued to expand his knowledge over the years working and training with various sensei’s and had the great honor of participating in seminars conducted by some of the greatest Shotokan Masters including Masatoshi Nakayama, Hirokazu Kanazawa, and Tetsuhiko Asai. In 2004, Sensei Peter joined Sensei Wes, a lifetime friend who first encouraged Sensei Peter’s venture into Karate back in 1970, to help him with his New Hope Pearl Community (NHPC) Shotokan Karate ministry. He has continued to assist Sensei Wes in the teachings of Karate through NHPC’s transition to the Hawaii Shotokan (HIS) Karate-Do Foundation. Sensei Peter is a retired US Air Force Reserve Lt Col and also retired from federal civil service as the Environmental Division, Conservation Branch Chief for U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii.
Sensei Wayne Tanaka
Instructor, HIS Karate-Do Foundation
Sensei Wayne Tanaka has over 45 years of experience in Shotokan Karate under Shihan Kenneth Funakoshi. He has been around since the early days of the KAH. Sensei Wayne is sometimes known to enter tournaments against 18-34 year olds showing his skill and spirit are still as sharp as ever. He is a long-time friend, classmate and fellow karateka with Sensei’s Wes and Peter, also took up Shotokan Karate-Do shortly after entering college. Like Sensei’s Wes and Peter, he is an alumnus of the University of Hawaii Karate-Kai as well as the Karate Association of Hawaii Yudansha-Kai , who was also selected for Sensei Funakoshi’s grueling special training classes, held late at night at the main KAH dojo. In the 1970’s, he opened up and taught at KAH dojos in Hawaii and on the West Coast. In addition to sharing his knowledge of Karate with the HIS Foundation group, he is also a long-time instructor for FSKA-Hawaii and SKIF-Hawaii. On occasion, he gives Karate seminars on Maui and in Las Vegas. He is also a member of the Hawaii Martial Arts Group Hawaii, consisting of Sensei’s from different Karate styles and organizations. Sensei Wayne is retired from the federal civil service.