Category: JKA

Kensuke Seto

Every day we train Karate, basics, kumite, kata. Competition is just a testing place. Kensuke Seto A student of Masatoshi Nakayama, Kensuke Seto has been at the forefront of good technical Karate for many years. Kensuke Seto was born on 6 February 1946 in Manchuria, China. His Japanese father was posted in occupied Manchuria. At …

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Kousaku Yokota

To me, winning has very little meaning. Tournament Karate is quite different from real fighting. It is good to have that experience to get motivated to face some nervous situations. But we must know and understand the real purpose and objectives that you should get from the tournament. Kousaku Yokota Having trained in the martial …

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Toru Shimoji

In sports, the main goal is to win, but in Budo study, the aim is to learn about yourself in order to continue to evolve, perfecting one’s character along with your techniques. This is the Budo way, always searching, always moving ahead and always sharing. Toru Shimoji A student of Hidetaka Nishiyama, Toru Shimoji is …

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Nick Adamou

Karate is all those things that it has been reported to be by the many great Japanese senseis. i.e. self-defence, art, way of life, and so on and so forth. Personally I see Karate as a fantastic art-form, that’s also a perfect sport and form of yoga. Nick Adamou One of the highest-ranked Shotokan instructors …

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Charles Gidley

One should be graded on merit, knowledge, and attitude to the art, as well as one’s capability to pass on the information and therefore maintain a high standard. Charles Gidley Described as an instructor’s instructor, Charles Gidley has developed an extensive knowledge of Shotokan Karate. He has the ability to transmit this knowledge to others. …

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Norio Kawasoe

Known for his crisp and precise techniques, Norio Kawasoe was a much-respected instructor who was frequently invited to teach courses worldwide. Norio Kawasoe was born on 11 April 1951, in Saga, Japan. He began practising Shotokan Karate at Saga High School. In 1970 Kawasoe enrolled at Takushoku University. He joined the university’s Karate club, training …

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Katsuya Kisaka

Known for his aggressive fighting style, and exceptional kicking ability, Katsuya Kisaka was the Chief Instructor of the JKA New Jersey dojo for over 40 years. Katsuya Kisaka was born in Hiroshima, Japan, on 21 July 1937 On 6 August 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Kisaka’s home city of Hiroshima, during …

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Ged Moran

I believe that if the WKF type of Karate gains more popularity, it will be at the expense of Traditional Karate standards. It won’t be the death of good Shotokan; There are still a lot of top-class associations out there, but they will sadly become the minority. Ged Moran An experienced karateka, Ged Moran has …

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Rikuta Koga

A stalwart of European Shotokan Karate, Rikuta Koga has been at the forefront of developing Shotokan Karate in Europe. A popular instructor known for his technical ability, he is a frequent guest instructor on courses around the world. Rikuta Koga was born on 3 August 1941, in Fukuoka, Japan. In April 1960 Koga enrolled at …

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Toshio Yamada

Considered one of the best Shotokan practitioners of his generation, Toshio Yamada was largely influenced by Taiji Kase and Hirokazu Kanazawa. A quiet man, he was not one to give interviews. He let his teaching and Karate, do his talking. Toshio Yamada was born on 18 April 1950, in Osaka, Japan. Yamada enrolled at Takushoku …

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