About our founder
George Takahashi is the founder of the West Los Angeles Karate School. He was born in Idaho, USA and grew up both in the United States and in Japan. A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, with a B.A. and an M.A. in Political Science, he taught Japanese language at UCLA full time for twenty years. He has written several articles on Japanese culture, language and the martial arts. He also authored a book entitled "An Adventure in English Language Space: A Key to the Mysteries of Prepositions", published in 1998 by Vantage Press Inc., New York.
Sensei (teacher) Takahashi has been involved with Karate since 1952 and was awarded an 8th Dan in March 2004 by AFISK (American Federation of Independent Shotokan Karate-do). He was also awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the Ken Studies Institute in 1990 along with the congratulatory letters from George Duekmejian, then Governor of the State of California and Pete Wilson, then U.S. Senator.
We are privileged to benefit from Sensei Takahashi's wisdom, experience, skill and wit, and are proud to call him Sensei.
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"The ultimate aim of Karate-do lies not in the concern for victory or defeat,
but in the perfection of the human character of its participants."