In essence, Tucson ISKF Shotokan Karate is a cohesive yet welcoming group dedicated to the study of traditional Shotokan karate. We affiliate to the International Shotokan Karate Federation under the direction of Sensei Teruyuki Okazaki 10th Dan, a direct student of both founder of modern day karate, Master Gichin Funakoshi as well as Shihan Masatoshi Nakayama.
Tucson is a city of people who are from “Somewhere Else”…and so, with a certain frequency we invariably meet new students from all over the world who have in fact come from and trained “Somewhere Else”; a member from South Africa who trained at JKA’s Honbu Dojo in Tokyo, to a dojo gypsy from Minnesota, with others from Alaska, Rumania, Utah, Prescott, Mexico – and some even from Tucson!
We are associated with the University of Arizona’s ISKF Shotokan Club, our dojo training regularly in joint sessions . We compete in regional and national tournaments, where our members have distinguished themselves, achieving commendable results, mutual respect and high ranking.
Several times yearly we attend regional camps, seminars and gasshukus. It is there we have the opportunity to train under master level instructors such as Sensei Yutaka Yaguchi ,9th dan,from Denver, CO and Sensei James Field,8th dan, from Santa Monica, CA, among others.
The Tucson ISKF Shotokan Club’s head instructor is Enrique Olivares, 4th Dan. In addition to many years of karate experience, Sensei Olivares has an academic background in exercise and physical education, with both undergraduate and graduate degrees in these fields. In addition, he is presently a member of the ISKF Instructor Training Program.
Tucson-ISKF extends a warm welcome to all visiting and resident karate-ka irrespective of style, background and experience with a particular invitation to those beginners who would like to join our classes and embark along the long road of traditional karate with us.