After writing my previous blog article on Kanazawa Sensei I discovered a piece of news I thought worthy of its own news story.
Hirokazu Kanazawa has been awarded the status of Meijin (which may be translated as man of enlightened reputation) by the hereditary Shogun of Japan, and the great grandson of the last ruling Shogun Mr Tokugawa Yasuhisa.
Kanazawa Hanshi now joins masters from the past like Kyuzo Mifune, Hironori Ohtsuka, Gozo Shioda, Gogen Yamaguchi and Hakudo Nakayama in attaining this rare honour.
It was awarded 10 years after Kanazawa Hanshi received his 10th Dan from Kokusai Budoin IMAF.
It is very rare for a living individual to achieve a legitimate 10th Dan, even more rare for one to attain another honour 10 years later.
Our humble congratulations to this great master.
The late Shizuya Sato (10th dan Hanshi IMAF in Nihon Jujutsu) was also posthumously awarded the status of Meijin.