Keinosuke Enoeda

Keinosuke Enoeda (榎枝 慶之輔, Enoeda Keinosuke, 4 July 1935 – 29 March 2003) was a Japanese master of Shotokan karate. He was a former Chief Instructor of the Karate Union of Great Britain. Enoeda was ranked 8th dan in Shotokan karate, and was widely renowned as a formidable karateka (practitioner of karate).Following his death, Enoeda was posthumously awarded the rank of 9th dan.

Enoeda was born on 4 July 1935 on the island of Kyushu, Japan. As a youth, he trained in kendo and judo, and played baseball.] By the age of 16, Enoeda had reached the rank of 2nd dan in judo. He entered Takushoku University and, being impressed by a karate demonstration there, began studying that martial art.[1]

After graduating from university, Enoeda studied at the Japan Karate Association (JKA) honbu dojo (headquarters training hall) in Tokyo under Masatoshi Nakayama, then the JKA’s Chief Instructor. He also trained in kumite under the direction of Taiji Kase. In 1961, he fought a notable tournament match against Keigo Abe, winning by decision after six extensions. He won the JKA All Japan Championship in 1963 against another well known karateka, Hiroshi Shirai. During this period, Enoeda acquired the nickname Tora (“Tiger” in Japanese), after Nakayama had described his fighting.

Sensei Mc Grane and Enoeda Mid 1970’s

On 20 April 1965, following the JKA’s policy of sending instructors abroad to introduce karate to the rest of the world, Enoeda travelled to England with JKA instructors Shirai, Kanazawa, and Kase.

One of his students being Sensei John Mc Grane.