Japan International Karate Center was founded by Kiyohisa Hirano in 1962. Soke Hirano (1938 - 2009) was a life-long martial artist who was a 9th degree black belt in Karate and a 2nd degree black belt in Judo. In 1960, he was the All-Japan National Karate Champion in kumite (sparring), and also was the captain of the Nihon University karate team.
The JIKC Windward and Ewa dojos are led by Shihan (Chief Instructor) Howard Takahashi who has been training and instructing karate since 1968.
Soke Kiyohisa Hirano (left) with Shihan Howard Takahashi (right)
Shihan Howard Takahashi's karate experience includes the following:
- 7th Degree Black Belt
- USA National Karate-do Federation 6th Dan
- Ryuku Bujutsu Kenkyu Doyukai 3rd Dan (Kobudo)
- USA-NKF National Kumite Referee
- USA-NKF Kobudo Medalist (2005, 2012)
- USA-NKF Kata Medalist (2001-2007)
- All-Hawaii JIKC Kata Medalist (1974, 1982)
- All-Hawaii JIKC Kumite Champion (1973, 1974)