Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa - 8th Dan SKIF

Kancho of Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation

Nobuaki Kanazawa Kancho - SKIF Ireland h.President

Nobuaki Kanazawa Kancho performing at the SKIF Ireland Grading and Training Seminar in Mayfield Sports Complex.  (Photo by Sensei Aaron Kenneally)

Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa was born in May 1972 and is the eldest of three sons of Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa - 10th Dan Supreme Instructor and Founder of Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation.  Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa is the current head (Kancho) of Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation Worldwide and travels the world doing seminars and gradings.  Kancho was educated at Taisho University and joined Karate-Do in his teenage years; Kancho quickly found his natural talent in Karate-Do and won many notable championships.

The most notable achievement was Kancho won 2 Gold medals at the SKIF World Championships in Bali in 2000; not alone winning the heavyweight gold medal, Kancho went on to win the coveted Grand Champion.  Kancho also won a Silver Medal at the 1994 SKIF World Championships in Yokohama, Japan and has represented SKIF Japan on several occasions.  

Domestic Awards include winning the SKIF All Japan championships 5 Times (1996-2000), All Styles Japan National Karate Champion in 2004, Metropolitan Championships 3 times and the JKF All Japan Championships 6 Times, a testament to Kancho's talent in Karate-Do.

Kancho comes to Ireland twice per year, in April/May and October/November, to conduct training and grading seminars along with several instructors from SKIF GHQ in Tokyo and all students of Bushido Karate Club grade and train under Kancho to ensure they receive the high standard of training that all Bushido Karate Club instructors have received over the years.  Kancho is also the honorary president of SKIF Ireland, which is a massive honour for SKIF Ireland.