On 24 February 1941, Shotokan master, Masahiko Tanaka, was born in Tokyo, Japan.
Known for his great skill in kumite, Tanaka, a long-time member of the JKA, won the 1st and 2nd IAKF World Karate Championships held in Los Angeles and Bremen. He also won the JKA All-Japan Individual kumite on two occasions.
On 24 February 1948, Hitoshi Kasuya was born in Tokyo, Japan. He is a top Shotokan instructor and has also been a top competitor in both kata and kumite.
Kasuya began his Shotokan Karate training aged 17, at Waseda University. Later he attended Hosei University, where he continued his Karate, becoming captain of the University Karate team.
After graduating from university, Kasuya enrolled on the JKA’s Instructors Course, as a 3rd Dan.
When Hirokazu Kanazawa left the JKA and formed his association, Shotokan Karate International (SKI), Kasuya followed him. He became the top instructor at SKI’s Hombu dojo.
In 1990 Kasuya parted company with SKI and formed his own association, World Shotokan Karate-Do Federation (WSKF).