Great Grandmaster Ralph Castro is recognized for opening the first Kenpo Karate Studio in Northern California in 1958. It was then that he began a life's work to establish his own martial art: Shaolin Kenpo.
Over the years, while teaching tens of thousands of students, promoting hundreds of Black Belts and inspiring generations, his impact and reputation continued to grow.
He was featured in many Martial Arts publications (including Black Belt Magazine's 1988 Hall of Fame), and a proud recipient of the Martial Arts History Museum Lifetime Achievement Award.
Great Grandmaster Ralph Castro was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised on the Hawaiian Homestead. He was of Spanish and Hawaiian decent and one of eight children. He served in the US Coast Guard during the Korean War.
Great Grandmaster Ralph Castro was also known as "Papa" to his family, who all have many memories of spending time with him watching action movies, cheering for the San Francisco 49ers, and enjoying his delicious home-cooked meals. He is survived by his wife, Pat, their seven children, twenty-two grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Due to the overwhelming outpour of love and support for Great Grandmaster Ralph Castro, we have established a memorial fund. If you would like to contribute to Great Grandmaster Castro's memory, please click the button below or visit:
These contributions will help cover his memorial service and medical expenses.
Thank you for your kind words, prayers, and continued love and support.
Mahalo from the Castro 'Ohana.
GREAT GRANDMASTER RALPH CASTRO
CELEBRATION OF LIFE
DATE/TIME: March 23, 2019 - 10 AM
*Flowers may be sent to the church after 5pm on Friday March 22, 2019*
6401 Stanford Ranch Road, Roseville, CA 95678
CALL / TEXT: 682-266-3798
Great Grandmaster Ralph Castro was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award on March 18, 2017