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Tetsunosuke Yasuda, 10th Dan, Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate – Jundokan. 1926-2020

Yesterday, October 12th 2020, Tetsunosuke Yasuda passed away. A karate master and a true gentleman. I photographed him in 2014 when he was a sprightly 88 years old and he showed off his incline sit-ups while holding a weight above his head. Our paths crossed several times, as for a decade I rented a house through his Yasuda Jutaku housing company. Each time we met he was such as kind, generous man full of praise and encouragement for our project to document Okinawan karate.

Tetsunosuke Yasuda, 10th Dan, Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate – Jundokan. Okinawa, Japan
Tetsunosuke Yasuda, 10th Dan, Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate – Jundokan. Okinawa, Japan
Tetsunosuke Yasuda, 10th Dan, Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate – Jundokan. Okinawa, Japan
Tetsunosuke Yasuda, 10th Dan, Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate – Jundokan. Okinawa, Japan
Tetsunosuke Yasuda, 10th Dan, Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate – Jundokan. Okinawa, Japan
Tetsunosuke Yasuda, 10th Dan, Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate – Jundokan. Okinawa, Japan
Tetsunosuke Yasuda, 10th Dan & Tetsu Gima 9th Dan, Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate – Jundokan. Okinawa, Japan
Tetsunosuke Yasuda, 10th Dan & Tetsu Gima 9th Dan, Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate – Jundokan. Okinawa, Japan
Tetsunosuke Yasuda, 10th Dan, Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate – Jundokan. Okinawa, Japan

When I decided to create a book of the first 58 karate masters I’d photographed, I placed Yasuda Sensei at the center on the front cover . A lovely lovely man, and the international karate community will miss him dearly.

3 Comments

  1. Rose 7 Joe leRose says

    He was our Sensei when we took Goju-Ryu in Okinawa back in 1973 to 1975. He had us test in the Dojo in Naha for our belts. A very humbling and rewarding experience. We will miss you Sensei Yasuda.
    Rose & Joe LeRose

  2. Phil Richardson says

    He was my instructor for 18 months while at Kadena AB in 1975.
    I miss him. I love him.

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