Great Grandmaster Ralph Castro Memorial Fund

$8,825 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 77 people in 4 months
Created February 28, 2019
Our family is brokenhearted to share that Great Grandmaster Ralph Castro passed away in the early morning of Monday, February 25, 2019.

His life legacy expands farther than just as the founder of Shaolin Kenpo, but as a teacher and mentor whose passion for martial arts and his students had an indescribable impact on the martial art industry that spread throughout the globe. But most importantly he was our father and grandfather. 

Due to the overwhelming outpour of love and support for Great Grandmaster Ralph Castro, we have established a memorial fund. If you are able to support, Great Grandmaster Ralph Castro's memorial fund, please know that these contributions will 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 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.

For more information please go to: https://ralphcastro-shaolinkenpo.com
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Hello Everyone –

Thank you so much for all your generosity, love, and support for the memorial service for our father.

The fund is now up to almost $5,000 and we truly appreciate each and everyone's contributions.

The service is on 3/23 at 10am, and everyone is welcome to celebrate in our father's legacy.

As a reminder, the location for the service will be at the Bayside Church in Roseville, CA, which is located at 6401 Stanford Ranch Rd, Roseville, CA 95678

(Note: This is the Adventure Campus for the Church, which is important as there are several locations for Bayside Church in the Area).

Please feel free to visit the site ( www.ralphcastro-shaolinkenpo.com) for any other questions about the service.

Lastly, we’ve received a few requests for hotel information in the near the service.

Here are a few options within 5 miles of the Bayside Church – Adventure Campus.

HOTEL INFORMATION NEAR THE SERVICE IN ROSEVILLE – Rates current as of 3/17 and based on Expedia listings. There are roughly 25+ hotels within a 5 mile driving distance.

• 6830 Five Star Blvd, Rocklin, CA 95677


CHEAPEST: Days Inn by Wyndham Rocklin/Sacramento – from $90 per night (4.0 miles away)
• 4515 Granite Dr, Rocklin, CA 95677


NEWLY BUILT: Residence Inn by Marriott Rocklin Roseville – from $189 a night (2.8 miles away)
• 1850 Freedom Way Drive, Roseville, CA 95678


• NOTE: We may be able to obtain a special rate at this and other Marriott properties, if there is enough interest (10 or more). If interested, please contact us and we’ll give you the name at the hotel to contact.

EXTENDED STAY: Homewood Suites by Hilton Sacramento-Roseville – From $181 a night (2.0 miles away)
• 401 Creekside Ridge Ct, Roseville, CA 95678


NOTE: There are roughly 20 hotels within a 5 mile radiance, to see all of the options, please click this link, which will list all the hotels near the church on a map and their current prices for 3/22 to 3/23.

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Thanks to everyone for all the love and support that we've received since starting this memorial for my father. We'll continue to provide updates.

We also wanted to provide a link to Great Grandmaster's obituary page.

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