Wado-ryu - Hiroji Fukazawa, 8th Dan
Mr. Fukazawa started his pursuit of the martial arts at a young age, starting with Kendo and then later moving to Judo.
It was at the age of 14 when he began the practice of Wado-ryu Karate-do. During his first 18 months of Karate training Sensei Fukazawa trained at a Dojo in Inoue before moving on to Sensei Minoru Mochizuki's Dojo where he trained for several years.
Fukazawa Sensei was also privileged to study Aiki Jutsu, Aikido and Katori Chinto Ryu.
In 1974 he traveled to France to help Sensei Mochizuki's son, Hiroo, to spread Wado-ryu Karate-do. He soon moved to the north of Italy where he lived for two years and established some Wado Karate Dojo there. Sensei Fukazawa lived in France where he was the Chief Instructor of the WIKF in France and was also an active member of the French Karate Federation, holding several positions such as Federal Expert and was a member of the French grading panel.
He was well known for his expertise of Wado Kata and his explanation of the moves within these Kata (Bunkai).
Fukazawa Sensei was also a founder member of the WIKF and in 2001 he was appointed World Chief Instructor to the Wado International Karate-do Federation by Professor Tatsuo Suzuki Hanshi.
Hiroji Fukazawa, 8th Dan passed to spirit on 12th June 2010 and will be sorely missed by all Wado practitioners.