Shotokan Masters

Masatoshi Nakayama

Master

April 15, 1913 – April 15, 1987

Gichin Funakoshi

Master

1869 – April 26, 1957

Teruyuki Okazaki 10th Dan

ISKF CHIEF INSTRUCTOR

Master Teruyuki Okazaki was born June 22, 1931, in Fukuoka, Japan. After studying aikido, judo, and kendo, he began karate training in 1947. Master Okazaki joined the Japan Karate Association (JKA), where he studied under both Master Gichin Funakoshi and Master Masatoshi Nakayama.

 

In 1953, Master Okazaki graduated from Takushoku University in Tokyo with a BA in Political Economics. In 1955, he helped Master Nakayama develop the JKA Instructor’s course. Later, as a pioneer instructor, he became the first coach of the course. He later taught at Boei University (considered Japan’s West Point), Takushoku University, and Tokyo Toritsu University. He also instructed the instructor trainees for the JKA Headquarters.

Yutaka Yaguchi 9th Dan

ISKF Vice Chief Instructor

Born in 1932 in Hiroshima, Japan, Sensei Yaguchi began karate training in 1952. He studied under Masatoshi Nakayama, the late chief instructor of the JKA, Motokuni Sugiura, the present chief instructor of the JKA, and Teruyuki Okazaki, chief instructor of the ISKF, and received his shodan and nidan from Master Funakoshi himself. Among the first to graduate from the JKA Instructors Program, he trained with and competed against the likes of Hirokazu Kanazawa, Takayuki Mikami, Katsunori Tsuyama, Hiroshi Shoji, Keinosuke Enoeda, and Tetsuhiko Asai.

 

Master Yutaka Yaguchi is not only the chief instructor for the Mountain States region, including part of Canada, he is the technical director for the International Shotokan Karate Association. He is a 9th degree black belt who came from Japan to help start Shotokan Karate in the United States 35 years ago. Famous for his speed and power, he has developed more national champions than any other JKA instructor.

Hiroyoshi Okazaki 8th Dan

 

Hiroyoshi Okazaki holds the rank of 8th degree black belt and is one of the most highly respected karate instructors world wide. He has been training for over thirty years, having started in the Japan Karate Association (JKA) headquarters in 1979. He holds a BFA degree from Temple University. He graduated from the ISKF (International Shotokan Karate Federation) Instructor Training Program in 1995 and is an official ISKF Certified Instructor, Examiner and Judge. Mr. Okazaki has also been appointed as a member of the esteemed ISKF Technical Committee. He participated in Regional, National and World competitions for many years achieving numerous First Place and Best Competitor awards. Mr. Okazaki is an instructor at ISKF headquarters in Philadelphia, and is an Associate Professor at Temple University. Mr. Okazaki travels globally to conduct clinics and exams.

Ahcene Moussaoui

ISKF UK Chief Instructor 7 th Dan A class Instructor. B class Examiner

Sensei Ahcene Moussaoui started training in Shotokan Karate in 1974, and:

 

1982 achieved 1st Dan JKA under Sensei Taiji Kase

1985 achieved 2nd Dan JKA under Sensei Taiji Kase & Enoeda

1990 achieved 3rd Dan JKA under Sensei Enoeda & Myasaki

1994 achieved 4th Dan JKA under Sensei Enoeda & Tabato

2005 achieved 5th Dan JKA under Sensei Ueki & Imamura

2010 achieved 6th Dan ISKF under Masters – Teruyuki Okazaki & Yutaka Yaguchi

From 1984 to 1989 Moussaoui Sensei was a member of the Algerian national team. He was selected to represent Algeria at the World Championships in 1986 held in Australia. In 1988 he took part in the World Championships held in Egypt and in 1989 won a bronze medal at the Mediterranean Cup for team Kumite.

In 1989 he moved to the UK to train with Enoeda Sensei (9th Dan) at the legendary Marshall Street Dojo; headquarters of the JKA Europe. He progressed to become a member of the late Keinosuke Enoeda Sensei’s famous Marshall Street club team from 1989 to 2000 that won gold, silver and bronze at the Southern Region ,Inter-Regional, Nationals championships and International Enoeda cup several times. Additionally, he won the Marshall Street individual kumite competition in 1994 and in the same year won 1st place team kumite & 1st place team kata in the Southern Region, 2nd place team kumite at the Nationals and passed Yondan in that year. He then trained at Budokwai from 2000 to 2003 until Sensei Enoeda sadly passed away. Moussaoui Sensei was a member of the Marshall Street and Budokwai karate club committee until 2003.

He represented England at the JKA European Championships in France in 1998 and again in Maastrict, Holland in 2000 in both kata and kumite team and individual.

Training background

Sensei Moussaoui has trained with the leading Japanese instructors including:

Okazaki(10th Dan), Yagushi, Kanazawa, Kase Chirai, Naeto, Kawazoe, Myazaki, Tabata, Osaka, Tanaka, Imamura, Takinori, Ogura, Sawada, Kawawada, Ochi & Yahara.

In 2006 Moussaoui Sensei trained at JKA headquarters in Tokyo, Japan and in 2008 trained at the ISKF headquarters in Philidelphia and attended the Master Camp.

In 2008 he was appointed Chief Instructor ISKF United Kingdom and continues to teach as a professional karate instructor.

In 2010, he passed an intensive examination for 6th Dan at the 44 ISKF Master Camp in Philadelphia hosted by Teruyuki Okazaki.