Roshi (老師), Old Zen Teacher, is a respectful and honorific title reserved to Mr. Bee (Ken Zen Ichii) alone.
Arthur Beverford (Ken Zen Ichii) Roshi
January 4, 1925 February 23, 1999
At the end of the second world war, Arthur Beverford, a young American volunteered for work with the occupational forces stationed in Japan. His duties were mostly being body guards for high ranking U.S. personnel and U.S. Diplomats as well. Arthur Beverford immediately fell in
love with the Japanese culture specially the martial arts. He sought for a school that will accept Americans but to no luck He was denied and sometimes beaten up just because He was an American. An old karate man told him that there is a place where he can be accepted as a student. He immediately went to that place and became a Zen Buddhist Disciple at the Kanoumichi Zen Buddhist temple in (Tokai Area) central Japan. It is within the walls of this temple where he met Junichi Niwa Shihan, Hanji Hirano Sensei and Mitsuo Mizutani Sensei, his first wado karate teachers who will later on introduce him to Otsuka Sensei himself.
Like Otsuka Sensei, Arthur Beverford has a natural talent when it comes to martial arts. He competed in the coveted All Japan Karate Championships, a sport dominated by Japanese and very rare for a gaijin (foreigner) to be accepted as an entry.
Arthur Beverford eventually became a Zen Buddhist priest and was named Ken Zen Ichii.
He is also a disciple of the great yogin, Rishi Singh Gherwal and he himself is a master of traditional Ashtanga Yoga with stress on postures, attentive breathing and brow chakra centering meditation.
Arthur Beverford continued his teachings to Ira Watanabe, son of
his successor Gerry Watanabe, until the early 90's. He passed away on the 23rd of February 1999 in Angeles City and his ashes were finally laid to rest in Lingayen, Pangasinan, Philippines.
Master Otsuka refers to him as his brilliant student.