As a representative association of the Shotokan Karate-do International Federation (SKIF) in Tokyo, SKKIF belongs to one of the world’s largest Shotokan karate bodies, with over 2½ million members in over 100 countries. As a non-profit making organisation, SKKIF ensures the money you pay for training and membership goes back into the association, to benefit all members.
Following the teachings of Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa, 10th Dan, SKKIF offers a comprehensive training syllabus for this traditional style in both set and free-style fighting. Apart from getting a thorough grounding in self defence, training with SKKIF improves and maintains fitness, flexibility, speed, strength, self-awareness and discipline.
SKKIF is dedicated to learning and promoting Soke Kanazawa’s comprehensive and demanding syllabus, which offers a solid grounding in Shotokan karate, a well thought-out teaching structure that results in high technical standards and the ability to utilise techniques in real fight situations. It aims to bring out the best in Karateka of all ages and abilities.
All Gradings are judged by trained senior instructors, with opportunities to grade at club level and twice a year with Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa, 6th Dan. Yudansha-kai (specialised monthly training) is available for senior grades and club instructors.
The SKKIF Technical Committee, presided over by Kyoshi Roger Carpenter, 8th Dan and SKKIF Chief instructor, ensures high, uniform standards are maintained.
All SKKIF black belts are officially registered in Japan and as such are recognised worldwide for the level of technical ability they have achieved.
SKKIF hosts an annual national competition, with a variety of categories catering for both Kata and Kumite. In addition there are regular European and World SKIF Championship opportunities for those who wish to further their competition experience.