Sensei Gabe Operanta Obituary, Death – Sad news has been shared with the martial arts community of the passing of Sensei Gabe Operanta, the founder of the Welsh Shotokan Karate Association and longtime Chief Instructor of the Chirk and Ruabon Shotokan Karate Club. A great legend in the world of karate has passed away, and the news has sent shockwaves across the community. The world of Shotokan karate was forever changed by Sensei Gabe Operanta.
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Not only did he win a slew of national and international titles, but for over 40 years he also worked as a prominent coach, helping to develop the next generation of champions. Beyond his obvious accomplishments to the martial arts, Gabe was widely regarded as a great friend and a model of humility among his peers in the karate world. As a teacher, an opponent, and a friend, Sensei Operanta deserves recognition from the Chirk and Ruabon Shotokan Karate Club.
His good impact on those who were lucky enough to learn from him and the innumerable champions he produced are both highlighted by the club. People all around the karate world are starting to express their sadness and share memories of Gabe by using the hashtag #RIPGabe on social media. The outpouring of affection and admiration for Sensei Gabe Operanta attests to the immense influence he had on his students.
All of us in the karate world are deeply saddened by Sensei Gabe Operanta’s passing and want to express our sincerest condolences to his loved ones. His legacy will endure in the hearts and minds of the innumerable persons he influenced, and the Chirk & Ruabon Shotokan Karate Club commits to carry forward his lessons in his memory.