In this inspiring “one-on-one” biography, Sensei Okazaki shares his journey and experiences in the art of Karate-do. This absorbing and inspiring book reveals not only a wealth of training wisdom but also previously untold facts, fascinating insights and vivid anecdotes from one of the most relevant teachers in the history of Karate. Born June 22, 1931 to a samurai family in Fukuoka, Japan. After studying aikido, judo and kendo, he began karate training in 1947, joining the Japan Karate Association (JKA), where he studied under both Grand Master Gichin Funakoshi and Master Masatoshi Nakayama. In 1953, Master Okazaki graduated from Takushoku University in Tokyo with a BA in Political Economics. That same year, he helped form the JKA Instructor Training Program along with Master HidetakaNishiyama with Master Nakayama’s oversight. He later taught at Boei University (considered Japan’s West Point), Takushoku University and Tokyo Toritsu University. He also taught the instructor trainees for the JKA Headquarters. Master Okazaki was sent to the United States by JKA Chief Instructor Masatoshi Nakayama in 1961 to help share Shotokan karate withall people throughout the world. This was Grand Master Funakoshi’s goal – to share Shotokan karate worldwide. He established a dojo in Philadelphia and founded the East Coast Shotokan Karate Association in 1963, and the International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF) in 1977 - now one of the largest karate organizations in the world.
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