Heizaburo Okawa

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Referee
SexMale
Full nameHeizaburo•Okawa
Used nameHeizaburo•Okawa
Original name大川•平三郎
Born2 December 1939 in Tokyo, Tokyo (JPN)
Measurements168 cm / 60 kg
NOC Japan

Biography

Heizaburo Okawa fenced at three Olympics for Japan (1960-68), finishing in the top 10 individually in the foil in 1964 and 1968. Okawa frequently fenced in the United States, finishing fifth at an international competition in New York in 1965. At the invitation of Torao Mori, he then went to Los Angeles and joined the Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC). Mori was a renowned kendo master, holder of the rare Hanshi degree and 8th Dan, the highest rank held outside Japan.

Okawa fenced in the 1966 US national foil championship where he finished third and in the épée championship where he finished fourth. In the 1967 US championships, Okawa won the individual foil and was on the LAAC team that won the team foil championship. At the 1968 US foil championships, Okawa repeated as the individual champion. Okawa also returned to Japan for the 1967 and 1968 Japanese fencing championships and won those titles as well. After the 1968 Olympics, Okawa turned professional, married Torao Mori’s daughter, and became the head coach at Salle Mori in Los Angeles after the death of Torao Mori in 1969.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Summer Olympics Fencing JPN Heizaburo Okawa
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) 4 p8 r1/5
Foil, Team, Men (Olympic) Japan 3 p4 r1/5
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Japan =9
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Japan DNS
1964 Summer Olympics Fencing JPN Heizaburo Okawa
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) =9
Foil, Team, Men (Olympic) Japan 4
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) 6 p4 r2/4
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Japan 3 p3 r1/5
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Japan DNS
1968 Summer Olympics Fencing JPN Heizaburo Okawa
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) =9
Foil, Team, Men (Olympic) Japan =7
Sabre, Individual, Men (Olympic) DNS

Referee

Games Sport (Discipline) / Event NOC / Team Phase Unit Role As
1988 Summer Olympics Fencing JPN Heizaburo Okawa
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) Elimination Rounds Laurent Bel — Thierry Soumagne Jury President
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) Elimination Rounds Bogusław Zych — Luc Rocheleau Jury President
Foil, Team, Women (Olympic) Final Pool People's Republic of China — United States Jury President