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BM | 28th Jan 2007, 10:19 AM | 武道經歷

One day in late July 1964, I found a small advertisement in Wah Kiu Yat Po (華僑日報) about a new class for karate-do. At that time (40+ years ago), karate-do was an almost unheard of martial arts in Hong Kong. emoticon

 

My interest was aroused because I had just borrowed a karate book from the City Hall library. The book was "The Way of Karate" written by an American (George Mattson) who studied Uechi-ryu (上地流) karate in Okinawa and operated a dojo in Boston, USA. http://uechi-ryu.com/m/ (more about my tie to this gentleman later)

The class was to be held in 世界健身會 in Causeway Road (高士威道) starting from 1st September 1964 by a Japanese called HARADA Sosogu (原田 注). They said he will be teaching Goju-ryu karate-do 剛柔流空手道 (never heard of it before).

Registration fee was HK$3 and the monthly tuition fee was HK$15. Fifteen dollar was quite a lot of money at that time because the monthly salary of a bank teller was only HK$300 a month.

Receipt Sept 1964 for the 1st month in karatedo training

On top of that, there was another HK20 for the do-gi. My first hurdle was to find the money to pay for all these. The second hurdle was to find time to attend class every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8pm to 10pm.

It was not easy because I was still a student and I lived in Yaumatei at that time. That means I have to take 2 bus trip and then a ferry ride (no MTR or cross-harbour tunnel at that time). That was a 2 and a half hour round trip. First, a bus trip to Jordon Road Ferry Pier, then ferry to Wanchai and finally a bus to Causeway Road. Hmmm.......whatever.....

 

Well........................ my life-long journey in karate-do learning was about to start..


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