SKIF (Shotokan Karate International Federation) is headed by Kancho Hirokazu Kanazawa, 10th Dan. Master Kanazawa is a legend in the karate world and has numerous achievements and accolades in his art. He is responsible for leading an organization that includes over 2 million members in over 100 different countries worldwide. Born in May 1931, Master Kanazawa is one of Master Gichin Funakoshi’s most famous students and has been directly responsible for the spread of Shotokan karate through most of the past 60 years of his life.

I personally am extremely honored to be able to call him my sensei and primary mentor in the art of Shotokan karate. I had the opportunity to spend three years training in Japan at his headquarters dojo in Tokyo from 1996 to 1999. I have been an active member of his organization ever since. My goal with this site is to help promote his personal brand of Shotokan karate and his shining example to all of us on how to lead a life of excellence, harmony and contribution.

Here are some important links to his website and his books and DVDs:

SKIF Japan Website:
SKIF-USA Website:


Karate Fighting Techniques: The Complete Kumite
Karate: The Complete Kata
Black Belt Karate: The Intensive Course
Karate My Life


Mastering Karate

One Response to SKIF

  1. Mike Stilgoe says:

    Dear Paul, rarely have I come upon such useful teaching material especially the kata with commentary. I have always advocated that the lesson is only part of a weekly training schedule and reference to useful resources is vital. Do you have any plans to put all twenty six katas on the web and complete this most valuable aid to learning. Best regards – Mike Stilgoe

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