Hirokazu Kanazawa, Kancho (10 Dan)

Världens, nu levande, mest välkända och respekterade Karate Mästare, Kancho Kanazawa är ensam om att ha vunnit den beryktade tävlingen ”All Japan Karate Championships” ofattbara tre gånger på rad. En av gångerna genomförde Kancho Kanazawa dessutom finalen med bruten hand! På senare år har sonen Nobuaki bevarat familjens rykte genom att själv vinna samma tävling.

Efter att ha börjat med Karate under sin universitetstid, efter flera års träning i Judo, blev den unge Kanazawa den dåvarande Shotokan Mästaren, Matsatoshi Nakayamas skyddsling. Den Framlidne Kancho Nakayama (10 Dan) var en av de få återstående karateutövarna som haft förmånen att studera för mästaren Gichin Funakoshi som från Okinawa tog med ”Kara-te” till Japan och bildade Shotokan stilen.

Tillsammans med sin fulländning i Karate-do har även Kancho Kanazawa en djup kunskap i den kinesiska formen av Tai-chi i det han har studerat för Professor Wong i över trettio år. Idag är Kancho Kanazawa både ordförande och internationell chefsinstruktör i Shotokan Karate-do International Federation – världens största shotokan organisation med över 2,5 miljoner medlemmar världen över.

Shotokan Karate-do International Federation

Shotokan Karate-do International Federation (SKIF) was established in 1978 by Kancho Hirokazu Kanazawa who had studied directly under Grand Master Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate-Do. Kanazawa Sensei was the Director and General Manager for Foreign Affairs Division of the Japan Karate Association before he founded SKIF. SKIF, a Government recognized Specified Non Profit Organization in Japan has been expanding its activities since its founding and now has affiliated groups in over 120 countries with several millions members worldwide.The philosophy of Shotokan Karate-do is based on the traditional budo spirit of karate which seeks for the perfection of character through hard training and discipline. In addition to the traditional philosophy underpinned by the Rei-to-Setsu and Dojo-Kun, SKIF also seeks for the healthy mental and physical growth of youth and peaceful international exchange of friendships through the training and competition.

Hirokazu Kanazawa, biografi

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 Go-Dan(5thDan), JKA
1966 Chief Instructor of Karate Union of Great Britain?Roku-Dan(6thDan), JKA
1967 Chief Instructor of JKA Europe & German Karate Federating
1968 General Manager of the European team at the World Championship in Mexico
1971 Nana-Dan(7thDan), JKA?Director & General Manager of International Division of JKA International Section 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 to Establish of Shotokan Karatedo International
1978 Hachi-Dan(8thDan), International Martial Arts Federation
1980 Referee 5th WUKO World Championship in Madrid
1981 Referee 1st World games in Santa Clara, California USA
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
1998 Hachi-Dan(8th Dan) SKIF
2000 Chairman, 7th SKIF World Championship in Bali, Indonesia
2002 Jyu-Dan(10th Dan), International Martial Arts Federation Present Kancho, Supreme Instructor and President of Shotokan Karatedo International Federation (Specified Non Profit Organization) International Referee, Japan Karate-Do Federation Coach, Japan association of Physical Education
[2003] [Chairman, 8th SKIF World Championship in Durban, South Africa]