Keinosuke Enoeda – Tiger of Shotokan Karate

Enoeda Karate Book Front


‘KEINOSUKE ENOEDA~TIGER OF SHOTOKAN KARATE’ is a tribute publication written by Rod Butler in memory of his unique instructor. The book is a high quality, large format book in full colour throughout – 270mm x 210mm, containing contributions from some of the World’s top Karate instructors, together with hundreds of fantastic pictures never ever seen before. Sensei Enoeda’s wife Mrs Reiko Enoeda endorsed the book and has written her own wonderful tribute as an introduction. This is a collector’s item and should be on the bookshelf of every serious student or instructor of Shotokan Karate. Signed copies are available, ideal for that special gift or presentation.

The film above shows Sensei Enoeda at the Marshall Street Dojo, together with the interviews of Sue Waughman and Craig Raye. When the action starts you can see Sensei Rod in the 3rd pair of sparring partners on the right hand side of the picture. Rod was a regular instructor at the Marshall St Dojo as well as training regularly with Sensei Enoeda. Turn the sound up and enjoy the great atmosphere of the late Sensei Enoeda’s Marshall Street Dojo.


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Steve McIntyre-Smith … Ontario, Canada
Well, the promotional wording from the author’s site simply doesn’t do the book justice. It is a masterpiece, a work of art, a brilliant tribute to a brilliant man, I could go on, but you get the message, right? Sensei Rod Butler has done a remarkable job – he’s nailed the ‘Enoeda Enigma’ and produced a book that MUST be in any serious karateka’s collection. I spent an entire weekend reading this book from cover to cover. I reminisced with the author about the Crystal Palace week long courses (some of my best karate memories come from those courses) and he’s done some serious research in digging up photographs from the course, the social evening and even the training outside on a sunny day. Most importantly, he has captured the essence of what it was like to train with Sensei Enoeda. I speak from my own personal experiences of such training, having been lucky enough to have shared the floor (so to speak) with the great man on at least 30 occasions during my earlier karate days. I attended many Crystal Palace seminars over the years, but I was also lucky enough to train at dojos that had him as a regular visitor, such as Newark, Bingham, Nottingham and Grantham.

Master Okazaki … ISKF in the USA … “It is a very nice book and wonderful tribute to Enoeda. Congratulations on a fine work that will be a great source and addition to the library of all Shotokan karate-ka”..

Mark Groenwald … Australia – author of  ‘Karate the Japanese Way’
“Enoeda was very fortunate to have such a devoted student as Rod Butler. I think that every high ranked karate instructor secretly wishes that they had someone like Rod Butler to create a strong testament to their lives. That is what this book really is. It is like a candle we would light in remembrance of those passed on before us, and Rod Butler has managed to articulately and eloquently express his impressions, experiences, and affections for a man who he has called “Sensei”

Master Hideo Matsui … JKA Japan  “I glanced through the book and I was excited to find so many good old pictures, I will read the book this week”.

Combat and Traditional Karate Magazine … UK … “It is obvious from the outset that this is a genuine labour of love; a publication that is infused with the quality and professionalism that one would associate with Enoeda and his karate. In terms of presentation the book is virtually flawless, benefiting from excellent layout and design and punctuated by high quality black and white and colour photographs. The photographs themselves provide a fantastic historical context for the text, featuring historical shots of Enoeda in Japan, at university, with his family and friends, relaxing and in action.

Jose Alberto Pinheiro …Portugal … “This could well be a technical and chronological compendium of Master Enoeda’s activity in the art of Karate, but it revealed to be much more than that. The pages of this very well written and brilliantly illustrated book [you will be amazed with the superb quality of the design and photography], Rod Butler opens us the door to the world of Enoeda. His life, personality and the impressions his powerful spirit carved on his friends and students, are accounted with an affection that could only be born from a truthful and lasting sense of admiration and respect”.

Paul Willoughby… ISKF Maryland, USA … “I just finished reading the chapter on the Marshall St. Dojo. This book is captivating. It really makes you feel like you know Mr. Enoeda. I am very sorry to not have met him. The one opportunity I had to travel to the Marshall St. dojo, he was away travelling. I still enjoyed training there. Good place – and BTW, the description of those stairs is no exaggeration. Get this book. It’ll be a collector’s item.

Sensei Willy Ortiz … JKA Chief Instructor, Finland … “Rod’s book I read it in one day, no brakes, and I think Rod was very lucky to have been able to live during Sensei’s transition from tiger to Master. All of this can be read in a very comfortable and easy to read narrative about a great Master. I was so enchanted with his style that I have asked him to work with me on a forthcoming book about the history of Shotokan karate. Not just one more book, but an enjoyable book”.

Peter Lindsay… Victoria, Canada … “Written by a fellow martial artist, Rod Butler who was himself graded to 4th Dan by Sensei Enoeda, this book is a must read for any Shotokan practioner. So add it to your collection, read it more than once, and in doing so help celebrate the life of an irreplaceable icon, a valued and respected teacher, a good friend, a loyal husband, and beloved father. While those senior students with a few years of experience under their belt might better appreciate some of the subtle comments regarding what it was like training under Enoeda Sensei both in the dojo and on courses, this book should never the less still appeal to any Shotokan karateka”.

Jon Keeling … Shotomag, USA … “Full of interesting stories of Enoeda Sensei’s public and private lives and including a multitude of pictures, this book is a fine tribute to the “Tiger”. The author was both a senior student and personal friend of this legendary Shotokan master and conducted many interviews and took many photos over the years that formed the foundation of this book”.

Víctor López Bondía… Spain … “I really enjoyed the book. The presentation, design, layout, etc. are excellent. The book is beautifully illustrated and going through its pages one certainly gets to know Enoeda the man and the Karate teacher. I have updated the biography of Enoeda Sensei in my website using the information in your book. Now it is one of the best biographies I have. Sensei Enoeda was such a great Master… I wish I had met him. I wish I could have attended courses at Crystal Palace with some of those prestigious instructors. I have also enjoyed reading your interviews on The Shotokan Way and in Traditional Karate. Consider you have a student, and a friend, here in Spain”.

Stephen Robins – England … I’ve just read your book in one sitting as I could not put it down! My renewed interest in Martial Arts saw me researching and remembering my days at Marshall Street which I have to say were a bit fuzzy and not particularly helped by a complete lack of information on the internet re Sensei Tomita and his time at Marshall Street. The information on Tomita in your book is of great value to me as the internet seems to be mistaken as to how long he was at Marshall Street and assistant to Enoeda and which also quite rightly puts him up there as one of the great Karate teachers, a fact which is sadly missing from other accounts of the Enoeda story. Thanks to you also I now remember the lady who took my money several times a week and that sometimes if she was not there it would be Sensei Enoeda who booked us in. I remember also Sensei Kawazoe who trained with us a few times and then occasionally taught us, the stairs up to the Dojo! the changing rooms, the Makiwara on the right as you entered the Dojo and the great feeling of being there. I can’t thank you enough for that.
We were taught by Sensei Enoeda a few times a month. We were comfortable with Tomita. We were not comfortable with Enoeda! His presence scared us and excited us. We trained harder and fiercer generally to sheer exhaustion for a reason that none of us understood. The moves were basically the same as in every lesson but there was a difference and that difference was Enoeda! From my time at Marshall Street I’ve carried three memories of this great man in my head. The first is during a lesson with Tomita who was showing us something really different when Enoeda ran on to the Dojo shouting in Japanese at Tomita. He literally walked Tomita backwards until his back was against the wall and continued to shout at him. Tomita bowed his head. We guessed that Sensei Enoeda was not happy with what we were being shown and when the shouting was over we went back to up and down punching and kicking. I’ve never forgotten the look on Tomita’s face; no embarrassment at being reprimanded in front of his students, but a look of deep regret perhaps sadness that he had upset his mentor.
During the release of a new Bruce Lee film in a Leicester Square cinema I was queuing with Carl in a side street and the pavement was blocked by fans back up towards Shaftesbury Avenue. Looking behind us up the hill we noticed the queue separating down the middle and eventually we saw why. Sensei Enoeda was walking through the crowd as if it wasn’t there until finally he got to us. We’d already decided to bow when he reached us and without stopping he bowed slightly to us and continued. I think only people that know him would appreciate the validity of this event which even to us who knew him was surreal.
To read and to see something that was a forgotten part of my early life was wonderful and I thank you for putting it all together. It has made me really happy to learn that Sensei Enoeda’s life was full of love and friendship everywhere and to read so much about Sensei Tomita.

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