|Born||27 November 1932|
Gifu Prefecture, Japan
|Died||20 June 2015 (aged 82)|
|Rank||9th dan karate hanshi|
Tōru Arakawa began karate training at the Nihon University at the age of 18. At the beginning of the 1960s he traveled to Europe and America together with Tatsuo Suzuki and Hajime Takashima to make karate in the western countries popular.
Arakawa served as the manager of the JKF Wadōkai from 1962 to 1979. In 1982, he played a major role in the creation of the first Shatai [Kata] book, which standardized Kata 's style – encompassing style for JKF competitions. In addition, he trained numerous successful athletes in the 1980s, including Seiji Nishimura and Toshiaki Maeda.
Participation in the following publications
- Karatedo Shitei Kata, 1982, JKF Wadokai
- Wado-kai Karatedo Textbook, Kata section (Vol. 1), 2015, JKF Wadokai
- "Waseda seishinkai". Retrieved April 21, 2017.
- "TORU ARAKAWA 9th Dan JKF, 1932–2015 – Karate BC". Retrieved April 21, 2017.
- Ben Pollock: Karate Wadōryu: from Japan to the West, Manchester 2014, 1st edition, ISBN 978-1-291-65036-5, page 80
- Salvador Herráiz: Toru Arakawa – Top Master of Japanese Karate Federation in Budo International Martial Arts Magazin, No. 288, May 2015, Budo International, Madrid, page 65