As a representative association of the Shotokan Karate-do International Federation in Tokyo (SKIF) . SKKIF belongs to one of the world’s largest Shotokan karate bodies, with over 2˝ million members in over 100 countries.  As a non-profit making organisation, SKKIF ensures the money you pay for SKKIF courses, Gradings and Membership goes back into the association to benefit all members.

What you learn: Dedicated to 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.  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.

Kyoshi Roger Carpenter (8th Dan) is the Chairman of SKKIF UK and runs the Yudansha-kai training sessions every month for Brown belts.  Kyoshi Carpenter regularly tours the clubs  promoting Soke Kanazawa’s comprehensive and demanding syllabus, which offers a solid and traditional grounding in Shotokan karate. 

UK coverage: SKKIF has affiliated Dojos throughout England and Scotland, a full list of clubs can be found on the  main SKKIF site

Competitions: SKKIF has a National Competition  every year, with regular SKIF European and SKIF World Championships every three years.

Assured standards: All Gradings are judged by trained senior instructors, with opportunities to grade with Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa 7th dan twice a year, all SKKIF black belts are officially registered in Japan. Regular specialised training for club instructors and a SKKIF Technical Committee, ensures high uniform standards are maintained.

Kodokai Karate club: Is an extremely active club run by sensei Kevin Leigh 6th dan, the club has a large membership and is one of the biggest in Hertfordshire. Kodokai organise and run many International courses in Watford and their head instructor sensei Leigh is often invited to teach at other Dojos in the UK and abroad. The club is very proactive in attending as many events as possible and regularly invite guest  instructors to teach at their dojo.


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