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normrobitza On May - 3 - 2013

CaseTeriyuki Okazaki, 10th Dan of the International Shotokan Karate Federation, is considered one of the greatest masters in Shotokan Karate. Master Okazaki trained under Master Funakoshi and Master Nakayama. He was a pioneer in the Japan Karate Association helping Master Nakayama develop the JKA tournament rules and the JKA Kenshusei program.

Okazaki left Japan in 1961 to head to the United States to help develop Shotokan Karate. He was only supposed to stay for a few months but now calls Philadelphia home. Master Okazaki formed the International Shotokan Karate Federation in 1977. As the North and South American branch of the Japan Karate Association. When I started training, my dojo was a member of the JKA and ISKF. In 2007, Master Okazaki split from the JKA and made the ISKF a World wide Organization.

He has produced a video collection called, “Master Class Shotokan – The Legacy of a Master”.

This video collection consists of 6 DVDs.

  • Disc 1 – Punching, Kicking and striking
  • Disc 2 – Blocking & Stances
  • Disc 3 – Kata 1
  • Disc 4 – Kata 2
  • Disc 5 – Kumite
  • Disc 6 – Interview with Master Okazaki

The video is beautifully shot and if you have never been to the ISKF Headquarters, you get to see inside the dojo in this video. I have had the pleasure of training with Master Okazaki on many occasions. He tested me for many of my kyu ranks and my Shodan. This video covers much of what he teaches at a clinic.

I found this series to be pretty good. It is not full of amazing new information but gives a beautiful view into what training in like with Master Okazaki. This is a great way to showcase this legendary master.

The series comes in a leather bond case with silver inlaid lettering and a removal Shotokan Tiger leather “coin”. This “coin” acts as a closure piece on the case. The price is lofty at $200. Hopefully they will eventually release the series individually. This series is a must see!


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