Happy 80th Birthday Kiyoshi Yamazaki Kaicho

Kiyoshi Yamazaki Kaicho is the Overseas Chief Instructor  and  president of Japan  Karate-Do  Ryobu-Kai. He holds a lengthy and impressive karate resume that includes being the only   person to hold the Technical Chairman position in USA Karate, Pan America Karate   Federation, as well as the World Karate Federation.

Yamazaki Kaicho, the son of a kendo teacher, was born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, on August 16, 1940. His martial arts training began during his childhood days under his father.

In  1956, he joined Konishi Sensei’s Ryobu-Kan at the age of 16 , and he received his first teaching license for karate in 1962. In the same year he had extensive Okinawan kobudo training with Shugoro Nakazato Sensei, the then head of Kobayashi Shorin-Ryu, in Okinawa.

From 1960 to 64 Yamazaki Kaicho attended Senshu University and trained with the Shotokai under the  famous Hironishi Motonobu Sensei, a direct student of Funakoshi Sensei.

Sensei Yamazaki made rapid progress, and soon established himself as a member of the  University Karate Team, along with the club senior, Taiji Kase Sensei, who would later become one of the top instructors in the JKA and eventually moving to France. 

After graduating in 1964 with a degree in Economics, he returned to training at the Ryobu-Kan, and eventually, he was asked to assist Konishi Soke in demonstrations and seminars worldwide. 

Yamazaki Kaicho moved to the United States following an invitation by Dan Ivan Sensei in 1969. He went to adult college to learn English and trained in kata in his hotel room  before he eventually began teaching formal classes at Citrus College in Azusa, California. He later opened a dojo  in  Anaheim, California. Encouraged by Takayuki Kubota Sensei and Fumio Demura Sensei he participated widely in karate demonstrations with them, particular at the Japanese Village and Deer Park in Buena Park, California, which helped in gaining a following of students.

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“I had an interest in Marital Arts from a young age. In the early 80’s it was difficult to find a Karate dojo. It wasn’t until 1985 that a Karate dojo opened near to where I lived, and I went and watched a demo. It was amazing, the black belts were awesome. I signed up immediately. I first met Simon Oliver Sensei in the late 90’s, and he introduced me to Shindo Jinen Ryu. Simon Sensei opened my eyes to the real-world of the applications of Kata. After meeting Simon Sensei, I attended as many of his courses as possible all over the UK. Simon is now not only my Sensei, but also a good friend. After many years of training and competing (including as part of the UK SKIF team in Japan and Athens), I established the Yamakai Karate Dojo in 2002 for my personal training and development, and started to attract a small but loyal following of like-minded karateka. I originally planned to work in Dubai for 1 year. That was in 2015. The Yamakai dojo was left in the capable hands of its members and Simon Oliver Sensei teaches there every Monday evening. Due to personal reasons and work availability I ended up working for longer in Dubai. I worked for Emirates for 5 years, as Senior Business Analyst and Product manager for safety, security and compliance. I was invited to teach Karate at their Martial Arts studio in the Emirates Aviation College. All cabin crew will go through self-defence training as part of their training from Emirates Group Security. I taught additional classes for dnata and Emirates staff, this included pilots, cabin crew, IT, medical, travel and catering. I have gone back to my dojo a few times when I visited the UK and plan to do so again after COVID-19. I stay in contact with Simon Oliver Sensei and my students. Dubai looks to be home for the near future. I’m registered with the Ryobukai, so I’ll hopefully open another dojo here soon.” @stevekarate – Dubai. @ryobukaisi @ryobukaidubai Help us grow this community by following us, leaving a comment or tagging a friend. Thanks! #martialarts #martialartist #karate #ryobukai #ryobukaikarate #ryobukaionefamily #dubai #dubaimartialarts #motivation #hardtraining #fist #punch #budo #judo #jkd #brucelee

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