As some of our older members know, our dojo was affiliated with Shotokan Karate-Do International for many years. Our dojo’s Chief Instructor, Sensei Jon Keeling, started his Karate training in this organization in 1982 and spent several years training with the organization’s Chief Instructor, Sensei Masataka Mori in the 1980s. Upon the formation of our dojo in Silicon Valley over 20 years ago, Mori Sensei welcomed us into their New York-based organization.
Mori Sensei last visited our dojo in 2006 (see photo). It is with great sadness and respect that we remember Mori Sensei as he peacefully passed away this weekend at his home in New Jersey after having taught Karate in New York for 50 years.