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Welcome to SKIF Yudansha Kai

A Message from SKIF Yudansha Kai President Dr Philip Kwok

About SKIF Yudansha Kai

At the Beginning

In 1983, the 1st SKIF World Championships was held in Tokyo with 16 participant countries. By the 4th World Championships in Mexico City in 1991, this had grown to 41 countries. It was there that Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa shared with me the concept of a Yudansha Kai and asked me to be its founding chairman. 

Dr Philip Kwok

Dr Philip Kwok Chairman of SKIF Yudansha Kai

Dr Philip Kwok - 9th Dan SKIF
Chairman of SKIF Yudansha Kai

The story began in 1957 when Dr Phillip Kwok (now SKIF Hanshi 9th dan) travelled abroad from Hong Kong to study at MIT and Harvard where he received a PhD in Physics. There in the US he went on to work at IBM and joined a Shotokan-style karate dojo opened by a colleague. 

In 1971 he returned to Hong Kong and in that same year, Sensei Rikuta Koga (now Chief Instructor of SKIF Switzerland) went to work in Hong Kong and started a JKA Dojo and he became is student. In the following year, Sensei Kenichi Namikata arrived as a full-time instructor and Phillip Kwok (Hanshi) was appointed the chairman of the HK Branch. In that year he was sent to Japan on karate business and that is when he first met Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa. After that, he visited Hong Kong 3 times a year, and I found him to be a uniquely inspiring teacher and, above all, a person with noble character. 

It is also through this period that I first met Sensei Satoru Iwai now SKIF International Liaison. He held firm principles yet was open-minded. When he started the SKI Federation in 1978, Hong Kong was the first overseas country to join. Since then, we have worked together on many events, including all the Yudansha Kai seminars at the world championships. 

Why Yudansha Kai? 

Soke’s idea for SKIF Yudansha Kai was that from time to time, SKIF members and other styles would come together and learn from each other, receiving instructions under him. He noted that many Japanese martial arts organisations had an alumni structure based on some minimum requirements for entry. For this alumni, it was to be a yudansha, a holder of a dan grade, a black belt. It was hoped that karate-ka from all around the world would not only meet to compete but also to train together, achieve harmony with one another, and contribute to the growth of SKIF through his teachings and philosophy. 

The Yudansha Kai is a Hong Kong-registered company with a working committee. The financial accounts of Yudansha Kai are externally audited annually in accordance with Hong Kong corporate laws. 

Yudansha Kai Over The Years 

The 1st Yudansha Kai Seminar was held at the 6th World Championship Italy in 1997. It was immensely successful and much appreciated by all as it was held before the dan examinations and tournament. Since then, the Yudansha Kai Seminar has been a fixture at every world championships, including the current one - the 10th Yudansha Kai Seminar. 

1st SKIF International Seminar held in Tokyo April 2014

1st SKIF International Seminar
April 2014 Tokyo Japan

In 2002, we held our first resident seminar in Hong Kong. Instructed by then Kancho Hirokazu Kanazawa, Sensei Manabu Murakami and Sensei Daizo Kanazawa. Our members from around the world attended. Its purpose and format proved to be the precursor to the SKIF International Seminar, held every year in Japan since 2014 until the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The Yudansha Kai has operated for almost 30 years. We have run seminars, purchased computers for the Honbu office in the 1990s, initiated English lessons for Honbu Dojo instructors, contributed funds supporting the SKIF All Japan Championships, shared income from Yudansha Kai seminars with Honbu and donated to causes affecting SKIF karate-ka, including the 2011 Japan Tsunami Appeal and 2015 Nepal Earthquake Relief Effort. 

Upcoming Events

SKIF Switzerland - Sensei Hiyori Kanazawa and Hanshi Rikuta Koga and Sensei Eugen Landgraf and Sensei Toni Racca
Start Date: 02 Dec 2022
The SKIF Switzerland Winter Course 2022 will take place on December 2-4, 2022 with Special Guest Instructor Sensei Hiyori Kanazawa, Hanshi Rikuta Koga, Sensei Eugen Landgraf and Sensei Toni Racca.
Country: Switzerland
SKIF Ireland - Shuseki Shihan Manabu Murakami
Start Date: 21 Nov 2022
SKIF Ireland will host Shuseki Shihan Manabu Murakami in Ireland between 21-27 of November to conduct Training and Gradings in Dublin, Cork and Clonmel.
Country: Ireland
SKIF Brazil - Shuseki Shihan Manabu Murakami
Start Date: 12 Nov 2022
Shuseki Shihan Manabu Murakami will be in Brazil during November 2022 for Seminars.
Country: Brazil
SKIF Morocco - Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa
Start Date: 01 Nov 2022
SKIF Morocco will have a seminar with Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa in November
Country: Morocco
SKIF France - Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa
Start Date: 30 Oct 2022
SKIF France - Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa will be in France on October 30, 2022 to conduct a Seminar.
Country: France
SKIF USF - Sensei Fumitoshi Kanazawa
Start Date: 28 Oct 2022
Sensei Fumitoshi Kanazawa will be in the USA between October 28 - November 4th.
Country: USA
SKIF Czech Republic - Shihan Soshi Miura Masaru
Start Date: 22 Oct 2022
Shihan Soshi Miura Masaru will be in the Czech Republic on October 22 and 23, 2022, to conduct a Seminar.
Country: Czech-Republic
SKIF Portugal - Shuseki Shihan Manabu Murakami
Start Date: 14 Oct 2022
Shuseki Shihan Manabu Murakami will host a seminar in Portugal between 14-16 October 2022 in Faring, Porto and The Queen Shills.
Country: Portugal
SKIF Venezuela - Hanshi Hiroshi Ishikawa
Start Date: 11 Oct 2022
In celebration of the 30 years of history of the SKIF Kodokai of Venezuela, Hanshi Hiroshi Ishikawa will host a seminar between October 11-16, 2022, at the 7th SKIF Continental Summit.
Country: Venezuela
SKIF Mexico - Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa and Sensei Hiyori Kanazawa
Start Date: 08 Oct 2022
SKIF Mexico - Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa and Sensei Hiyori Kanazawa will be in Mexico on October 8 and 9, 2022 for a Seminar
Country: Mexico
SKIF Belgium - Sensei Paul Huglo
Start Date: 05 Oct 2022
Sensei Paul Huglo will host a seminar in Karate Club Chikara in Belgium on 5th October 2022.
Country: Belgium
SKIF Belgium - Kyoshi Toni Racca, Sensei Stephane Castrique and Sensei Paul Huglo
Start Date: 01 Oct 2022
SKIF Belgium - Kyoshi Toni Racca, Sensei Stephane Castrique and Sensei Paul Huglo will conduct a seminar in Belgium during October 1-2, 2022.
Country: Belgium
SKIF India - Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa
Start Date: 01 Oct 2022
SKIF India - Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa will be in India on October 1 & 2, 2022, to conduct a Seminar.
Country: India
SKIF Australia - Shuseki Shihan Manabu Murakami & Sensei Hiyori Kanazawa
Start Date: 29 Sep 2022
Shuseki Shihan Manabu Murakami & Sensei Hiyori Kanazawa will be hosting a seminar in Sydney, Australia from Sep 29 - Oct 2, 2022.
Country: Australia