James Coffman – Matsumura Seito

James Coffman Sensei is a man of many firsts, and is a staunch guardian of the old ways of Okinawan Karate. An Air Force veteran who was stationed on Okinawa in the early 1960s, Coffman Sensei turned a lucky meeting with Kise Fusei of Matsumura Seito into a lifetime of training.

Born in 1943, James Coffman grew up in a disciplined household. He took that discipline and transferred it into a successful military career. After becoming the first western student of Soken Hohan and a dedicated student of Matsumura Seito, Coffman came back to the US and spearheaded a number of Matsumura Seito programs, including the earliest program at Fort Bragg.

Since his time in Okinawa, Coffman Sensei has continued to train and study, drawing a hard line on traditional matters such as rank and lineage. He is considered a critical link to the ways of Soken Hohan and the legacy of Matsumura Sokon.

 

SMOKA-USA __ The home website for Coffman Sensei. In it he shares his opinions on Matsumura Seito, Kise Fusei Sensei, and many other topics. Coffman Sensei is well known for brute honesty.
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james coffman matsumura seito Coffman Sensei, who continues to share the traditions of Matsumura Seito today.
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hohan soken, kise fusei, and james coffman Coffman Sensei at a Kadena Base class with Soken Sensei (far left) and Kise Sensei (second to left).
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¬†This video explores Coffman Sensei’s full length biography entitled “One Man’s Quest For Perfection (The Dying Art of Karate).”
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For individuals interested in purchasing Coffman Sensei’s book, use the link to the left to be sent to an Amazon purchase page.