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Hirokazu Kanazawa

Hirokazu Kanazawa


Hirokazu Kanazawa, is one of the world’s most renowned and respected traditional karate masters who held 10th Dan.


Hirokazu Kanazawa was born on  May 3, 1931 in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. He began training in karate at Takushoku University under head instructor of Shotokan karate, Masatoshi Nakayama. Kanazawa also learned from the founder of the Shotokan style, Gichin Funakoshi and is one of the few living karateka (practitioners of karate) to have done so. It took Kancho Kanazawa one and a half years of disciplined training to attain the rank of 1st dan and after three years he gained the rank of 2nd dan.


In 1956, he graduated from university and joined the JKA (Japan Karate Association). He is the only karateka ever to have won the notorious "All Japan Karate Championships" an incredible three times in a row in 1956, 1957 and 1958.


In 1977, Kanazawa left the JKA and founded the Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation (SKIF).


The International Martial Arts Federation promoted Kanazawa to 8th dan in 1978, 9th dan in 1988, and 10th Dan in 2001.

SKIF is now the world’s largest Shotokan Karate Association under one chief instructor having over 2 million members in over 100 countries.

Summary of Hirokazu Kanazawa's achievements to date:


1931        Born in Iwate, Japan

1956        Graduated from Takushoku University and joined Japan Karate Association

1957        Kumite Champion at the 1st JKA All Japan Championships Tournament

1958        Kumite and Kata Champion at the 2nd JKA All Japan Championships

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 Championships in Mexico

1971        Nana-Dan (7th Dan), JKA Director & General Manager of International Division of JKA International Section.

1972        General Manager of the Japanese Team at the 2nd WUKO Championships in Paris, France

1973        Nana-Dan (7th Dan), All Japan Karate Federation

1976        Referee 1st IAKF World Championships in Los Angeles Referee JKA Asia-Oceania Championship in Hong Kong

1977        Left JKA to Establish of Shotokan Karate-do International Federation (SKIF)

1978        Hachi-Dan (8thDan), International Martial Arts Federation

1980        Referee 5th WUKO World Championships in Madrid

1981        Referee 1st World games in Santa Clara, California USA

1983        Chairman, 1st SKIF World Championships in Tokyo, Japan

1985        Chairman, 2nd SKIF World Championships in Dusseldorf, West Germany

1988        Kyu-Dan (9thDan), International Martial Arts Federation Chairman, 3rd SKIF World Championships in Utsunomiya, Japan

1991        Chairman, 4th SKIF World Championships in Mexico-City, Mexico

1994        Chairman, 5th SKIF World Championships in Yokohama, Japan

1997        Chairman, 6th SKIF World Championships in Milan, Italy

2000        Chairman, 7th SKIF World Championships in Bali, Indonesia

2001        Jyu-Dan (10th Dan), International Martial Arts Federation

2003        Chairman, 8th SKIF World Championships in Durban, South Africa

2006        President, 9th SKIF World Championships in Tokyo, Japan

2010        Kancho, Supreme Instructor and President of Shotokan Karate-do International Federation

2019        Passed away on December 8, 2019 (aged 88)

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