Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation
SKIF wishes to declare under the spirit of harmony that we are against all kinds of military aggression against Ukraine. We want to express our heartfelt sympathies and the deep concern we have felt upon hearing the daily news of military violence against civilians. We sincerely wish for a swift end to the war. The people of Ukraine have our full support.
Please note that after careful consideration, In Addition to the cancellation of the 7th SKIF International Seminar in 2020 and the 8th SKIF International Seminar in 2021, we unfortunatly have to announce the cancellation of the 9th SKIF International Seminar in 2022. The COVID-19 Delta-Variant peaked out in the Summer of 2021 (Fifth Wave) and towards the end of 2021 The Omicron Variant caused a new (Sixth Wave) which is why we have had to announce the sad news.
Mr Ishihara was Ex. Governor of Tokyo Metropolitan who hosted the welcome reception for the 9th SKIF World Championships in Tokyo 2006 sadly passed away at the age of 89 on the 1st of February 2022.
Exclusive and free training sessions via Zoom for current SKIF Yudansha Kai members to train together in memory of Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa
SKIF International would like to express their heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of SKIF Hong Kong Sensei Alan Castro 9th Dan SKIF who sadly passed away on the 28th November 2021 at the age of 96. Oss! May he Rest in Peace.
Please note that after careful consideration, SKIF GHQ has made the decision to cancel the upcoming 8th SKIF International Seminar due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The memorial service that was planned for the March 14th 2021 for Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa will proceed for Domestic Members on that date. As we are unable to specify if International Members will be permitted entry to Japan at that time, we will be paying special consideration to hold a ceremony for international members at the SKIF International Seminar in 2022 for any people who could not attend in 2021. If International members are permitted entry to Japan on that date, they are welcome to attend this ceremony.
We understand how disappointing this is for all members and we appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter. In keeping with the teaching and philosophy of Soke, he gave us the health and spirit through Karatedo so that we can overcome this difficult time, and we look forward to seeing you in the near future to train together again. Oss!
An Ex-SKIF Chairman Masakuni Murakami Sensei has passed away on September 10th 2020 at the age of 88 years old. Sensei Murakami was a classmate of Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa throughout Takushoku University as the leader of a cheer group. He was working for The Minister of Labour and the president of liberal party For many years. Please pray so his soul will be eternal at peace.
SKIF GHQ is now offering private lesson services via the Zoom Platform to all SKIF Affiliated Countries. This service will be a private lesson for your members with an SKIF GHQ Instructor of your choosing and limited to 100 participants.
HONBU @ HOME
The past few months have been very difficult times.
We have seen the commitment of our members to continue to train even at home and also the success of our SKIF Together event. These have inspired us. So we are excited to announce the “Honbu @ Home” special series live on Saturdays, over the next 3 months (12 classes) from 6 June 2020 by subscription. Cost of ¥2,200 (USD$20) per month.
Your subscription will contribute to the support of the SKIF Honbu during these challenging times. It will also give you access to teaching from Honbu in your home.
We ask for your support.
Message from Kancho and Shuseki Shihan
As the world faces a pandemic of global scale which none of us has ever seen before, COVID-19 has caused much tragedy around the globe resulting in schools, businesses and dojos to close. During this time, it's essential to follow all the guidelines of the World Health Organisation and take all necessary precautions for you and your family.
With many of the countries of the world observing some form of Isolation and Social Distancing, this can cause challenges such as depression, anxiety and various other mental issues. It is, therefore, vitally important during this time to help and support each other, lift each other's spirits and show each other that even when you are feeling down, you are not alone.
Soke Kanazawa always said the "F" in SKIF means Family and Soke created a global family. Now is the time you must come together in the true spirit of Karate-Do and help and support each. Please take the time to contact the elderly and vulnerable who are feeling very anxious during this time. Please gather supplies or anything they need so they can protect themselves.
Over the last few weeks, we have seen many dojos embracing technology by having virtual classes showing how you can practice at home. SKIF is very proud of you. We will get through this situation, we will persevere, and we will train together in the future. Please keep you and your families safe.
Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa
Shuseki Shihan Manabu Murakami
Project Promotion Members
TBC at a later date
This is an Official Announcement from SKIF GHQ that
Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa passed away 'peacefully' on the 8th 'December', 2019 at the 'blessed ripe old' age of 88 years old
His funeral will 'strictly be a family affair'.
'The' SKIF official farewell 'to Soke' party 'will be' scheduled at the time of the 7th SKIF International Seminar. In march 2020.
The most valuable Decoration for Hiranuma Kaicho
It is our great pleasure to announce that Our Chairman Takeo Hiranuma has been conferred the Japanese most valuable decoration of
KYOKUJITSU DAIJYUSHOU 旭日大綬章
Conferring ceremony by the Emperor took place today at the Imperial Palace.
Let us share this honor and pleasure with Hiranuma Kaicho.
Hirokazu Kanazawa, Soke
Satoru Iwai, Advisor