Saturday, December 25, 2010




Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, January 14, 15, & 16, 2011

Featuring Hiroyasu Fujishima, Hanshi, 8th Dan SKIF

Children, Adults, Advanced Levels Dan Grading on Sunday

Sponsored by the Long Island Shotokan

Mr. Charles Macolino, Sensei
130 Jericho turnpike
Floral Park, NY 11001
Tel: 516 488-7382


SKIF-USA Masters Seminar

February 25 - 28, 2011

Featuring Murakami Sensei
Hosted by
Shotokan Karate-do Center
Shadi Barazi Sensei


SKIF-USA Masters Seminar

March 1 - 4, 2011

Featuring Murakami Sensei
Hosted by
Jaime Wong Sensei


SKIF-USA Masters Seminar

March 5 - 6, 2011

Featuring Murakami Sensei
Hosted by
Mt. Vernon Traditional Shotokan Karate
Theresa Nichiporuk Sensei


SKIF-USA Summer Tour

June 2011

Kanazawa Kancho and Nobuaki Sensei


SKIF-USA National Tournament

September 17, 2011

Hosted by
Shockness Shotokan Karate
Wayne Shockness Sensei


Additional details for each event will be available soon

Murakami Sensei Seminar: Feb 15- 18, 2011

I just saw on the SKIF-USA website that Sensei Murakami (one of Kancho Kanazawa's right-hand men) will be giving a seminar in Houston in February (25 through 28). I'll pass along more details when I get them. I highly recommend that you attend at least some of the seminar if you can. Also, Kancho himself will be conducting a training tour in June; places and dates aren't available yet.

Scott Monroe

Happy Holidays form USA-SKIF

Happy Holidays!

From all of us to your and your family,
We are wishing a wonderful holiday season
and a safe, prosperous 2011.

SKIF-USA Board of Directors

Glenn Stoddard
Michael Cook
Chris Johnson
James Shea
Paul Walker
Shadi Barazi
Lynda Crimmins

Merry Christmas!

Have a safe and happy holiday season and a great 2011!

Oss, ho ho ho!
Scott Monroe
Instructor, Austin Shotokan Karate

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

31st Annual International Martial Arts Symposium

From Shuri te Bujutsu Kai

Columbia, South Carolina – USA

October 8-10, 2010

Karatedo - Kobudo - Karate-Jutsu - Ju-Jutsu - Tuite-Jutsu - Kyusho-Jutsu - Iaido/Kendo - Kali/Arnis - Chin-Na - Wing Chun - Baguazhang – Xingyiquan - Taijiquan
Self-Defense - Sport Kumite - Qigong - Healing Arts

Hosted By:
Kokusai Shurite Yudansha-Kai, Troy J. Price & Tommy Hood

This year’s Symposium is a Tribute and Remembrance of Hanshi Ridgely Abele

2010 Symposium Instructors:

Robert Bowles, 10th Dan

Jim Logue, 9th Dan

Dr. Steven Roensch, 9th Dan

Tom Muncy, 10th Dan

Rick Moneymaker, 9th Dan

Carl Wilcox, 9th Dan

Gat Puno Abon Garimot Baet

Devorah Dometrich, 8th Dan

Vitus Bilking, 8th Dan

Donna Judge, 8th Dan

Benny Meng, 7th Dan

Kimo Wall, 7th Dan

Ernesto Martinez, 7th Dan

George Sheridan, 7th Dan

Rey Perez, 7th Dan

Tony Bisanz, 7th Dan

Darren Myers, 7th Dan

Tom Ryan, 7th Dan
Troy J. Price, 7th Dan

Tommy Hood, 6th Dan

Maria Evans, 6th Dan

Mike Hernandez, 6th Dan

Paul Cote, 6th Dan

Dustin Baldis, 5th Dan

Dr. Clay Morton, 5th Dan (SKIF)

Mark Baker, 5th Dan

Jeff Rhodes, 5th Dan

Cole Ricks, 5th Dan

Alex Ormaza, 4th Dan


October 8, 9 & 10, 2010

Friday; 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Saturday; 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Sunday; 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM


Marriott Hotel, Columbia
1200 Hampton Street (Corner of Main & Hampton St)
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Special Room Rate $99.00 (must reserve room by September 13, 2010)

Reservations 1-800-228-9290 ask for Symposium rate

Online Reservations Here

Contact Information:

Troy Price

Phone: (919) 360-7224


29 Internationally Known Instructors
5 to 7 different classes taught every 90-minutes

Choose the arts/classes you wish to train


$250.00 Pre-Registration “Symposium Grand Package” Symposium Fee, Instructional, Syllabus (PDF files on DVD Disc), Free T-shirt, Friday Night Meal, Saturday Lunch & Dinner Banquet

(Must pre-register by September 18, 2010)

$50.00 Deposit to hold the pre-registered price, balance due on arrival (nonrefundable)

$275.00 After September 18, 2010

Individual Day Cost: (Includes Meal for that day)

$100.00 Friday Only, $175.00 Saturday Only, $50.00 Sunday Only

Online Registration & Pay with Credit Card:

Register online @:
Or Please Call Troy Price @ 919-360-7224

Special Group Rates Available: For every five paid participants from the same group one person attends free

Special Youth Training:

8-12 yr. old, Saturday Only $50.00 for those not attending the symposium

Special Law Enforcement Training: Friday 12:30 - 3:00 PM

Police Survival and Defense Institute (PSDI)

Open to all adult symposium attendees and Law Enforcement personal

Special Shuri-Ryu Karatedo Training Session: (Friday 3:00 to 5:00 PM)

Open to all levels & styles; free to symposium attendees.

Weapons Training (Kobudo, Iaido & Arnis):

Attendees should supply their own weapons for all Kobudo, Iaido & Arnis classes. Bo, Jo, Kama, Sai, Tonfa, Nunchaku, Katana, sticks, & training knife. Weapons will be available for purchase.

Training Sessions:

Several styles of Karate, Ju-Jutsu, Kobudo and Kung-Fu will be taught as well as sessions in Elite Athletic Training, International Kata, Olympic style Kumite, Healing Arts and Classes for 3rd Dan & above and other Japanese, Chinese and Philippine martial arts.

Rank Examinations: (Friday 1:00 to 2:30 PM)

Dan & Kyu level testing for Shuri-ryu Karatedo, Shuri-Te Ju-Jutsu and Kobudo will be conducted.

Martial Arts Expo:

Martial arts equipment, weapons, books, T-shirts, DVDs, uniforms, Chinese herbs, and Asian art & gifts will be available for purchase.

Due to the economy we are keeping the Symposium price the same as the last 3-years

Saturday, August 7, 2010

New Kata: Heian Sandan, Kanku Dai and Empi

Below are some links to videos of kata that are new to some of the members of Austin Shotokan Karate: Heian Sandan, Kanku Dai and Empi, performed by Kancho Kanazawa. If anyone has any particular requests for video or other posts, please email me at

Heian Sandan Kanku Dai Empi

Videos of the 26 kata of Shotokan performed by Kancho on one convenient page can be accessed here.

Shobukan Cup 2010

Manny Acosta, will sponsor, once again, the 1oth Annual Shobukan Cup on September 11, 2010. The tournament will be sponsored by the Mayborn Convention Center in Temple, TX just one hour north of Austin. We hope many will support this endeavor, For more information contact Manny Acosta at 254.368.2311 or email him at His dojo website may be accessed here and specific trounament information here.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Dojo and other News: August 7th, 2010

  • SKIF USA members represented well at the 30th Annual Ozawa Open Cup in Las Vegas. Jimmy Wong, Sensei of Miami and Clay Morton Sensei took gold medals and Texan (WACO) instructor, Manny DaCosta (who is just up the road from us) took a silver medal. For a full list of SKIF-USA competitors and their achivements, see, "SKIF Members win in Las Vegas" by Clay Morton, available at the SKIF USA Spring Newsletter.

  • Amanda, having given up retail for long haul trucking has now given up long haul trucking for heavy equipment operating. Did I mention she's about 5' tall and has a mean gyaku tsuki and a Judo game to boot?

  • Well wishes to Shodan, Ronny who is moving back to Israel where he will continue to pursue his shotokan practice at his home dojo just outside of Haifa. It was a pleasure to have him for as long as we did. Oss! and Shalom!

  • Mr. Riley, sensei (sandan) is back from summer vacation: Welcome back! It's slightly warmer than in Minnesota, n'est pas?

  • We have had the pleasure of having Sempai Kenney (shodan) back with us duribg a break from his studies at Baylor where he is studying creative writing and training in both shotokan and Aikido. We will soon see him again we we him well in his studies and training.

  • Scott Monroe , sensei tells us that we will soon be incorporating Kancho Kanazawa's new bo kata, kanazawa no bo.

  • A reminder that that the dojo will be closed for maintenance next week for a couple of days; check your email on the specific dates.

  • Sempai,

Sunday, August 1, 2010


Most of the kumite that we have been doing in class has been video taped at the dojo and there are also video of Kancho demonstrating them. On the side of this blog, go to 2008 posts for many of those videos. You might also wand to look at 2009 posts with the tag, "video training."

Hope this helps.

Stan Schmidt Drills

The Stan Schmidt drill that we have been doing in class is posted on this blog. It can be found here.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Of Interest 6.29.2010

Cartoon of the Month
(There's also a book making the rounds on the internet on how to know out a man without even touching him for $29.95!?!)

Kancho Kanazawa in Apple Valley.

The Shotokan Way Interview with Kancho
Videos of Shotokan Kata (Here too).
Latest SKIF-USA Newsletter: Including:
  • Richard Berger: Translating the Master; Paul Walker
  • Results of SKIF members at Ozawa Cup; Clay Morton
  • Report of the 4th East Coast Instructor Training,; Mike Cook
  • The Blocking Myth; Paul Walker
  • Performing SKIF Mawashi Uke; Lisa Turner
  • The Significance of the Shotokan Tiger; Alexis Schneiderat
  • NEW in SKIF Catalog: Kanazawa Bo Kata and Karate the Complete Kata

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Kyu Exams at Austin Shotokan Karate

Austin Shotokan Karate is pleased to congratulate the following members on the results of their kyu exams today: John Pollard, 8th Kyu; Amanda Anderson and Norm Glenn, 3rd kyu; Simon Dumortier and Valentin Panayatov, 1st kyu. We also want to thank Mr. Joe Formica for traveling here from Houston on Father's Day to administer the exams.


Scott Monroe

Friday, April 9, 2010

Arkansas ISKF/Okazaki Seminar 4/17-18

The University of Central Arkansas Shotokan Karate Club in Conway, AR (about 30 miles form Little Rock) extends an open invitation to Shotokan Karateka to participate in its ISKF Seminar featuring Teriyuki Okazaki, 10th dan , president, and 7th dan Leon Sill. It will be held April 17-18. Ther will be three trainings for all ranks. The cost is $25 for all seminars included plus $10 for instructor's training. For more information please contact Dr. J.D. Swanson at or call Dr. Swanson at 501.450.5472

Texas A&M Collegiate Tournament

The Texas A&M Shotokan Karate Club is sponsoring the 1st Collegiate Shotokan Karate Tournament at Texas A&M on April 17th, 2010. Participants must be at least 18 years old and be currently enrolled in a college or university. For more information click here.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

ISKF 2010 Colorado, Summer Shotokan Camp

This year, the Annual ISKF Summer Camp will be held July 29- Aug. 1st, 2010. The camp is open to all shotokan karate students, regardless of affiliation. The only policy is no political talk during the camp. It is for fun and training.

The price is about the same as last year; $325-$350 for room, board and three training sessions per day. There will be discounts for early registration. For further information please contact the camp director, Sensei Gary Swain at 303.475.8664

ISKF: Southern Region Training Camp Feb 27, 2010

ISKF Southern Regional Karate Training Camp 2.27.10: Baylor University, Waco, TX
Instructor: Leon Sill, Sensei, ISKF 7th Dan


1. 8 direction shuto uke: Practice for pivoting, turning, pulling through center.
2. Shuto Uke with back and hip against wall alternating sides.
3. Heian Sandan and all power blocks e.g. mountain block, downward hammerfist in Jion: No pause on fumikomi geri and don't twist or bend body in chambering.
4. Jion: No pause on fumikomi geri
5. Importance of locking back leg in kokutsu dachi.
6. Bassai Dai: Pulling motion with hands on fumikomi geri but no bend of body.
7. First hand movement in Tekki Shodan bunkai=kake uke/hooking block.
8. Emhasis on coordinated movement: hands and feet finish at same time for focus/kime.
9. Kanku dai: First lower hips and the drop.
10. Jion: Last 2 movements bunkai = grabbing opponent wrist the side punch.
11. Jion: On jiyu uke, trapping feeing first before uraken uchi.
12. Jion: Manje uke" no chambering for punch.
13. Difference between haiwan, niwan and gaiwan.
14. Tekki Shodan: 2 man drills.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Hirokazu Kanazawa 10º Dan Gojushiho Dai - The top video clips of the week are here

Hirokazu Kanazawa 10º Dan Gojushiho Sho - Click here for more free videos


SKIF USA (click above) is announcing the following events on their pages:








SKIF Mexico Invites YOu to Their Events Page

SKIF Mexico invites you to their events page for upcoming events incuding Hanshi Hiroshi Ishikawa's Caribbean Seminar Tour in St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. They also have information of past events and on the upcoming SKIF Pan American Championships in the Dominican Republic. There website is at:

ISKF Souther Region Training Camp

The ISKF is presenting a Southern Region Training Camp with special guest instructor Gary Sill 7th Dan ISKF. It will be hosted by the Baylor University ISKF Karate Club Feb. 26-27th. Cost is $20 for Friday self-defense clinic 5-7pm, $40 for Sat. training camp & Friday clinic 10am-4pm. For mor information contact Brandon Mattingly, Club President at or contact John Carter, Instructor at 254.752.1730. RSVPs are appreciated.

Friday, February 12, 2010

7th SKIF Pan American Championships

The 7th Shotokan Karate International Federation (SKIF) under the direction of Kancho Kanazawa, Founder, 10th Dan, will be held in the Dominican Republic from July 26-Aug. 2, 2010.
For more information on venue hotel accommodations and other information please contact Ms. Linda Crimmons, Sensei at or visit SKIF-USA.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Annual ITKA Toornament and Seminar in Chicago

ITKA Tournament in Memory of Sima and Zahra Bambouyani in on March 27 & 28th. We need your support. Please check for tournament info and updates on the web at During this event we are offering the WKF Referee Course with Kata, Kobudo and Kumite seminars. Hope you will be able to join us and please send us your input.


Sensei Bambouyani

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Congratulations Mr. Young Kwon!

Austin Shotokan Karate is pleased to congratulate Mr. Young Kwon on the attainment of his Nidan (second degree black belt) in Houston this past weekend.


Scott Monroe, Instructor
Austin Shotokan Karate

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Seminar Reminder

We are happy to invite you to join us in this great event providing the highest levels of traditional karate training, friendship, and a wonderful learning experience. This event is open to all karatekas (13 yeard old or older) from any traditional style with 9 months training experience or more, or youth karatekas (under 13) who are 5th kyu or higher. We hope to see you there.

Camp Instructors:

Sensei Manabu Murakami, Chief Instructor (SKIF). Sensei Murakami is a world renowned instructor known for his great demonstration skills and for his abundant energy. He reigned as SKIF All Japan kumite champion for the years of 1990, 91, 92, 93, 94, 98, & 99 and as SKIF kata champion for 1989, 90, 92, 93, 94 & 99. He is also SKIF World Kumite Champion 1994 and 2nd place in Kata in both 1988 & 94.

Sensei Fumitoshi Kanazawa, (Godan SKIF Japan) Sensei F. Kanazawa is the youngest son of Kancho Kanazawa. He is SKI World Champion 2006 and SKI Japan Champion
7 times (2003-2009)

Training Schedule

Saturday January 23

7:30-8:20 AM. Check in & registration
8:30 AM-10:30 AM. Training

3:00-3:30 PM. Check in & registration
3:45-5:45 PM. Training

Sunday January 24

9:00-11:00 AM.

3:45-5:45 PM.


General Information:

Location: Trotter Family YMCA, 1331 Augusta Drive, Houston, Texas 77057 (713) 781-1061

Accommodation: Comfort Suites 3-STAR, 6221 Richmond Avenue, Houston, Texas 77057.
(713) 787-0004. (866) 482-8611. $79.00 per room for two queen size beds up to 4 people (Breakfast included).
For 4-STAR accommodation consult the internet for any hotels near the Galleria using PRICELINE.COM. Typically you can room around $100+.

Fees: Youth (12 and under all ranks) $80.00. Students 4th kyu or lower $80.00. Brown belts and Black belts $120.00.
One day fee: $70.00

Black belt Test: Will be announced on during the Saturday morning session (tentatively set for Sunday 2:00 PM). Please make sure all paper work is completed before test time and that you have 3 pictures.