The Shotokan Karate International Federation (SKIF) is one of the world's largest Shotokan organisations, with several million members in more than 130 countries. It was founded in 1978 by Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa 10th Dan, after leaving the Japanese Karate Association (JKA). Soke Kanazawa was the first karateka to win the notorious All Japan Championships - in 1957 in Kumite (while nursing a broken wrist) and in 1958 in both Kata and Kumite. Soke Kanazawa trained under sensei Matsatoshi Nakayama and is also one of the few remaining karateka privileged to have studied under Master Gichin Funakoshi. In 2013 Hirokazu Kanazawa stepped down as Kancho, passing the title and responsibility for organisation to his eldest son, Nobuaki Kanazawa. A the same time Shihan Manabu Murakami assumed the role of World Chief Instructor. SKKIF (Shotokan Karate Kanazawa-Ryu International Federation) is a UK representative organisation of SKIF Tokyo. It comprises clubs across England and Scotland, headed up by Kyoshi Roger Carpenter 7th Dan. The association boasts nearly 1,000 members, conducting regular training courses, monthly yudansha, and a National Championship. SKKIF regularly hosts instructors from SKIF Japan HQ, with whom our students will have the opportunity to train and grade.