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The picture shows Teruyuki Okazaki the 10th dan holder in Shotokan karate.

Another sad news hits the global karate community: Teruyuki Okazaki passed on April 21st 2020. According to the official announcement by the International Shotokan Karate Federation, which founder he was, Okazaki Shihan passed away due to an infection with the Coronavirus. The karate world mourns with all ISKF members. Our thoughts are now with his family, relatives, and friends. Teruyuki Okazaki became 88 years old. The age of 88 is considered sacred in Japan. Because the Chinese characters for 88 look very much like the character of rice (see the Japanese tradition of......

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The picture shows Mikio Yahara aka the Leopard.

The life and practice of 10th Dan, Mikio Yahara, is an inspirational story worth knowing for any serious karateka. By Patrick Donkor and Dr. Jeff Christian Mikio Yahara is one of the most dynamic practitioners of Shotokan Karate to come out of the Japan Karate Association. Early on, Masatoshi Nakayama described him as the best fighter of his generation. To this day, traditional Karate is his passion, a former JKA Grand Champion. As a result, he is first and foremost a martial artist, a practitioner of traditional karate obsessed with returning Karate back......

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Hirokazu Kanazawa Soke: A personal Obituary

The year 2019 ended with a tragic event for the global Shotokan community: the passing of Hirokazu Kanazawa. The Karate world mourns since then. In this personal obituary Prof. Dr. Wolf Herbert reminisces the extraordinary life and personality of Soke Kanazawa. On December the 8th 2019 Kanazawa Hirokazu passed away “peacefully”, according to the official announcement. I had the honor and pleasure to translate his autobiography into German. For this edition I conducted an interview with Soke. I talked with him about death and dying. He stated: “If one engages in downright normal......

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The picture shows Masao Kagawa. In the 1990´s he bet students during training with a Kendo Shinai.

Masao Kagawa belongs to the most prominent Shotokan karate instructors of today. Two things made this prominence possible: Firstly, his media presents. A myriad of explanatory videos on YouTube and Facebook have introduced him to a global audience. Secondly, he is without exaggeration one of the best technicians and competitors of his generation, who came out of the Japan Karate Association (JKA). As winner of numerous titles and graduate of the JKA instructors course he has developed into one of the best instructors in the world. By Patrick Donkor, Dr. Christian Tribowski, and......

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Breaking News: Keigo Abe passed away

Today, the message reached us that another pioneer and ambassador of Shotokan karate has passed away. According to the source Shihan Abe died at 6.45am this morning peacefully in his sleep. Unfortunately, we do not have further information about the exact circumstances. We inquired at the JSKA HQ in Tokyo via email. However, the email was blocked. Therefore, we do not have an official confirmation. The source, who confirmed his passing, referred to family members with whom they were in contact. If you can provide further details please get in touch with us......

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Condolence Board for Hirokazu Kanazawa

Sadly Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa passed away on December 8, 2019. According to the official announcement of the SKIF it happened “peacefully”. On this pages we would like to offer you a condolence board for Hirokazu Kanazawa, a place to mourn, so that everybody can pay their last respect to Soke Kanazawa as well as to express their sympathies for his family and relatives. Please, write your condolences, your prayers, and wishes in the comment section. We will leave this page unchanged and will send a link to the family of Hirokazu Kanazawa....

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Hirokazu Kanazawa has passed away - An Overview

Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa passed away on December 8, 2019. And the karate world mourns. For everybody, who wants to express their sympathies, we have set up a condolence board. The facebook page of the SKIF-GB facebook page reported first about Soke Kanazawa´s passing. However, rumors spread that the announcement could have been a hoax very fast. While the post disappeared a few hours later, we received information from a high ranking source within the inner circle of the SKIF. The source confirmed that the information about the passing of Soke Kanazawa is true.......

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Footage: Mikio Yahara 10th Dan Exam

Mikio Yahara 10th dan examination published. Yesterday, it was reported that Mikio Yahara past the physical exam for 10th Dan. While most commentators found the awarding of the rank of a 10th Dan to Yahara sensei plausible. Many doubted that he had to take a physical exam. The Shotokan Times found new evidence in the internet that shows Mikio Yahara in front of a committee performing an unprecedented Tekki Nidan. The Leopard The publisher of the video claims that it shows the Dan examination of Mikio Yahara. In the background one can see......

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Masatoshi Nakayama: The CEO of Shotokan Karate

Masatoshi Nakayama was a unique personality in many regards. However, no person has done more to expand Shotokan karate around the the World than him. As a long time student and anointed successor of Gichin Funakoshi he carried along the legacy of the grandmaster. As foundeer and chief instructor of the Japan Karate Association (JKA), Masatoshi Nakayama oversaw the expansion of Shotokan Karate. It has been growing from an art practiced only in Japan to an art practiced all over the global by a diverse range of people. By Patrick Donkor and Dr. Christian......

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Shigeru Takashina: His Shotokan Life and Legacy

Shigeru Takashina belongs to the Shotokan karate pioneers in the USA. He has coined the American Shotokan community for decades. In this portrait we commemorate his life and legacy. By Patrick Donkor “If I make will, I can kill you, but it is not my character…. My main goal now is to educate people in more than just show karate but in the cultural karate, the real cultural benefits [of karate].” Shigeru Takashina, 9th Dan, JKA (1943 – 2013) Shigeru Takashina was a true stalwart of the Japan Karate Association (JKA). A graduate......

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