Teruyuki Okazaki: Shotokan Karate

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Teruyuki OkazakiTeruyuki Okazaki was born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, in 1931 and began karate at the age of 16, studying under Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan, and Masatoshi Nakayama, former chief instructor of the Japan Karate Association. After receiving his B.A. from Takushoku University in Tokyo in 1953, he taught karate at his alma mater, at Tokyo Toritsu University and at Japan’s self-defense academy. In 1957 he began training instructors of the Japan Karate Association. He is the coauthor of The Textbook of Modern Karate.

Teruyuki Okazaki arrived in the United States in May 1961 where he established the Philadelphia Karate Club and taught at Temple University. In September 1962 he formed the East Coast Karate Association, a branch of the American Amateur Karate Federation.

Today he oversees the 50,000-member International Shotokan Karate Federation which was founded in 1977 as an affiliate of the Japan Karate Association. The ISKF is a non-profit organization and the largest Shotokan organization in the Western hemisphere ISKF member clubs number 200+ and are divided into 13 geographic regions throughout the United States, with directors in nearly every country in North and South America. The organization regularly conducts clinics, standardized ranking examinations, and special training camps for its members.

Teruyuki Okazaki was born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, in 1931 and began karate at the age of 16, studying under the noted teachers G. Funakoshi and M. Nakayama. After receiving his B.A. from Takushoku University in Tokyo in 1953, he taught karate at his alma mater, at Tokyo Toritsu University and at Japan’s self-defense academy. In 1957 he began training instructors of the Japan Karate Association. In the United States, he established the Philadelphia Karate Club in 1961 and taught at Temple University.

Excerpt from book jacket of The Textbook of Modern Karate by Teruyuki Okazaki and Milorad V. Stricevic, M.D., 1984.

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