Wrekin Shotokan Karate Club

One of the world most renowned and respected traditional karate masters alive Kanazawa Kancho, 10th Dan.

Hirokazu Kanazawa, 10th DAN, currently holding the highest black-belt rank bestowed by the Japanese upon any martial artist, was born on 3rd May 1931 in northern Honshu, Japan. He started training in his early twenties and went onto forming the Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation, to which he is chief instructor.

He is the first karateka to have won the notorious All Japan karate Championship.

In 1957 kumite champion,
In 1958 kumite and kata champion,

on one occasion winning the finals whilst nursing a broken wrist from an earlier event.

Although trained in Judo in his early years, Kanazawa Kancho took up karate whilst at University under the late headmaster of JKA shotokan, sensei Matsatoshi Nakayama. Kanazawa Kancho 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.

In 1978, Kanazawa Kancho set up SKIF (Shotokan Karatedo International Federation). SKIF is now the worlds largest Shotokan Karate Association under one chief instructor, having over 3.5 million members in over 120 countries.




1931 Born in Iwate, Japan
1956 Graduated from Takushoku University and joined Japan Karate Association
1957 Kumite Champion at the 1st JKA All Japan Championship Tournament
1958 Kumite and Kata Champion at the 2nd JKA All Japan Championship
1961 Chief Instructor in Hawaii, USA @ Godan(5thDan), JKA
1966 Chief Instructor of Karate Union of Great BritainARokudan (6thDan), JKA
1967 Chief Instructor of JKA Europe & German Karate Federation
1968 General Manager of the European team at the World Championship in Mexico
1971 Nana-Dan (7thDan), JKA A Director & General Manager of International Division of JKA. Shihan at Musashikogyo, Kantogakuin and Kitasato Universities
1972 General Manager of the Japanese Team at the 2nd WUKO Championship in Paris, France
1973 Nana-Dan (7th Dan), All Japan Karate Federation
1976 Referee 1st IAKF World Championship in Los Angeles Referee JKA Asia-Oceania Championship in Hong Kong
1977 Left JKA and Established Shotokan Karatedo International
1978 Hachi-Dan (8thDan), International Martial Arts Federation
1983 Chairman, 1st SKIF World Championship in Tokyo, Japan
1985 Chairman, 2nd SKIF World Championship in Dusseldorf, West Germany
1988 Kyu-Dan (9thDan), International Martial Arts Federation Chairman, 3rd SKIF World Championship in Utsunomiya, Japan
1991 Chairman, 4th SKIF World Championship in Mexico-City, Mexico
1994 Chairman, 5th SKIF World Championship in Yokohama, Japan
1997 Chairman, 6th SKIF World Championship in Milan, Italy
2000 Chairman, 7th SKIF World Championship in Bali, Indonesia
2003 Chairman, 8th SKIF World Championship in Durban, South Africa
2006 President, 9th SKIF World Championship in Tokyo, Japan
Present : Kancho, Supreme Instructor and President of Shotokan Karatedo International Federation (Specified Non Profit Organization)



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