Shihan Francis Fong passing

Shihan Francis Fong, HI

With great sadness, we hear of the passing of Shihan Francis Fong on November 30, 2020, in Hawaii.

Shihan Fong served as SKIF-USA’s 1st President, a position he held for ten years. During that time, he traveled extensively to SKIF functions in Mexico City, Mexico; Yokohama, Japan; Milan, Italy; Bali, Indonesia; Durban, South Africa; Tokyo, Japan; and Athens, Greece. At all of these events, Shihan Fong represented SKIF-USA with dignity and humility. He was a true ambassador of Soke Kanazawa’s philosophy of harmony with oneself, others, and nature. Shihan Fong’s leadership during those formative years was marked by calmness and integrity. 

In the late 1990s, Shihan Fong was the Chief Instructor of his dojo in Salt Lake, Honolulu, HI, where he instructed many students over the years. 

In 2006, Soke presented Shihan Fong a “Special Award” of appreciation for his contributions and efforts to expand SKIF. 

Shihan Fong was a model teacher who believes profoundly in Soke’s message of Shotokan Karate being a vehicle for world peace. 

We send our sincere condolences to his wife and family. SKIF-USA will remember Shihan Fong with fondness and respect.


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