Sensei Michael Awad
May 3, 1948 – January 7, 2023
After a lifetime dedicated to the martial arts, Sensei Michael Awad passed away from an unexpected illness on Saturday, January 7th 2023.
Sensei Awad started karate in 1966 with Victor Moore before going on to train under James McLain, Phillip Keoppel, and Robert Trias. He was a 9th Degree black belt, one of the original Chief Instructors of Shuri Ryu Karate, a 3 time (at least!) World Karate Champion, and founder of the Kosho School of Karate.
Condolences to his family, friends, students, and all the people that he touched during his life. Sensei Awad was one of the few people that truly lived life HIS way. He will be missed and remembered by all who knew him.
Funeral – Friday, January 20th
Services will be held at T.P White Funeral Home in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Cincinnati.
Address: 2050 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230
Attire: Typical funeral attire
Visitation: 12:30pm-2:00pm Service: 2:00pm-2:30pm Internment: 2:30pm
Additional details can be found here: https://www.tpwhite.com/memorials/michael-e-awad/5112332/index.php#details
Reception – Friday January 20th
There will be a gathering of friends, family, and fellow karate-ka following the services
Location: Anderson Pub & Grill
Address: 8069 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230
Kamiza Ceremony – Saturday, January 21st
A Kamiza Ceremony will be held at the Kosho School of Karate.
Kamiza Ceremony: 10:00am
Kosho black belts and a few visiting black belts will participate in the ceremony. Those under black belt and non-karate people may observe.
Address: 2121 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230
Attire: Karate Gi for those participating in the ceremony.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided at the dojo following the ceremony. All are welcome to attend.
Hotels & Accommodations
For those traveling from out of town, unfortunately there are not many hotel options in the area of the dojo. A few options are:
Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati Eastgate – 4501 Eastgate Blvd, Cincinnati, OH 45245
Comfort Inn & Suites Cincinnati Eastgate – 4421 Aicholtz Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45245
A budget option is:
Red Roof Cincinnati East Beechmont – 4035 Mt. Carmel Tobasco Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45255