One of the world most renowned and respected traditional karate masters alive Kanazawa Kancho, 10th Dan.
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.
||Born in Iwate, Japan
||Graduated from Takushoku University and joined Japan Karate Association
||Kumite Champion at the 1st JKA All Japan Championship Tournament
||Kumite and Kata Champion at the 2nd JKA All Japan Championship
||Chief Instructor in Hawaii, USA @ Godan(5thDan), JKA
||Chief Instructor of Karate Union of Great BritainARokudan (6thDan), JKA
||Chief Instructor of JKA Europe & German Karate Federation
||General Manager of the European team at the World Championship in Mexico
||Nana-Dan (7thDan), JKA A Director & General Manager of International Division of JKA. Shihan at Musashikogyo, Kantogakuin and Kitasato Universities
||General Manager of the Japanese Team at the 2nd WUKO Championship in Paris, France
||Nana-Dan (7th Dan), All Japan Karate Federation
||Referee 1st IAKF World Championship in Los Angeles Referee JKA Asia-Oceania Championship in Hong Kong
||Left JKA and Established Shotokan Karatedo International
||Hachi-Dan (8thDan), International Martial Arts Federation
||Chairman, 1st SKIF World Championship in Tokyo, Japan
||Chairman, 2nd SKIF World Championship in Dusseldorf, West Germany
||Kyu-Dan (9thDan), International Martial Arts Federation Chairman, 3rd SKIF World Championship in Utsunomiya, Japan
||Chairman, 4th SKIF World Championship in Mexico-City, Mexico
||Chairman, 5th SKIF World Championship in Yokohama, Japan
||Chairman, 6th SKIF World Championship in Milan, Italy
||Chairman, 7th SKIF World Championship in Bali, Indonesia
||Chairman, 8th SKIF World Championship in Durban, South Africa
||President, 9th SKIF World Championship in Tokyo, Japan
||: Kancho, Supreme Instructor and President of Shotokan Karatedo International Federation (Specified Non Profit Organization)