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Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation in Bedfordshire, England

Kancho Hirokazu Kanazawa 10th Dan (SKIF)
Supreme Instructor and President of SKIF

One of the world’s most renowned and respected traditional karate masters alive Kanazawa Shihan, 10th Dan. He won the notorious ‘All Japan karate Championship’ Kumite championship in 1957 and in 1958 won the Kata and Kumite Titles. On one occasion winning the finals whilst nursing a broken wrist from an earlier event.

Although trained in Judo in his early years, Kanazawa took up karate whilst at University under the late headmaster of the shotokan style Matsatoshi Nakayama (10th Dan). Kanazawa is also one of the few remaining karateka privileged to have studied under Master Gichin Funakoshi, the famous Okinawin schoolteacher who brought karate to mainland Japan from Okinawa and founded the Shotokan style.

Breaking away from the JKA (Japan Karate Association) in 1973, Kanazawa set up SKIF (Shotokan Karatedo International Federation). SKIF is now the world’s largest Shotokan association, having over 2 ½ million members in over 100 countries.

Murakami Sensei, Stephen Marriott, Kanazawa Sensei, Sue Sylvester, Akita Sensei
Murakami Sensei 6th Dan, Stephen Marriott 3rd Dan, Kanazawa Sensei 10th Dan, Sue Sylvester 4th Dan, Akita Sensei 5th Dan

Karate Achievements

Chairman, 10th SKIF World Championships in Athens, Greece

Chairman, 9th SKIF World Championships in Tokyo, Japan

Chairman, 8th SKIF World Championship in Durban, South Africa
Present : Kancho, Supreme Instructor and President SKIF

Jyu-Dan (10th Dan), International Martial Arts Federation

Chairman, 7th SKIF World Championship in Bali, Indonesia

Chairman, 6th SKIF World Championship in Milan, Italy

Chairman, 5th SKIF World Championship in Yokohama, Japan

Chairman, 4th SKIF World Championship in Mexico-City, Mexico

Kyu-Dan (9thDan), International Martial Arts Federation
Chairman, 3rd SKIF World Championship in Utsunomiya, Japan

Chairman, 2nd SKIF World Championship in Dusseldorf, Germany

Chairman, 1st SKIF World Championship in Tokyo, Japan

Hachi-Dan (8thDan), International Martial Arts Federation

Left JKA and Established Shotokan Karatedo International

Referee 1st IAKF World Championship in Los Angeles
Referee JKA Asia-Oceania Championship in Hong Kong

Nana-Dan (7th Dan), All Japan Karate Federation

General Manager of the Japanese Team at the 2nd WUKO Championship in Paris, France

Nana-Dan (7th Dan), JKA
JKA Director & General Manager of International Division of JKA
Shihan at Musashikogyo, Kantogakuin and Kitasato Universities

General Manager of the European team at the World Championship in Mexico

Chief Instructor of JKA Europe & German Karate Federation

Chief Instructor of Karate Union of Great Britain
Roku-Dan (6th Dan), JKA

Kumite and Kata Champion at the 2nd JKA All Japan Championship

Kumite Champion at the 1st JKA All Japan Championship Tournament

Graduated from Takushoku University and joined Japan Karate Association

Shotokan Karate Kanazawa - Ryu International Federation

Yamakai Karate Est. 2002
Affiliated to: Shotokan Karate Kanazawa - Ryu International Federation / Shotokan Karate-do International Federation