Shotokan Karate-do International Federation (SKIF):
Shotokan Karate-do International Federation (SKIF) was founded by by Kancho Hirokazu Kanazawa in 1978 and is headquarted in Tokyo, Japan. SKIF is headed by Kancho Hirokazu Kanazawa who is a 10th dan in the Shotokan Karate style. In 1978, Kancho Kanazawa formed the Shotokan Karate-do International Federation (SKIF), which he is still the president and supreme instructor. Today, there are over 2.4 million students in 106 countries who are a part of SKIF
SKIF Hawaii is a Non-Profit Organization:
Shotokan Karate-do International Federation (SKIF) at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii (JCCH) is a non-profit organization. The instructor(s) volunteer their time to promote the benefits of SKIF Karate-do and all of instructors are certified black belts in Shotokan Karate by SKIF of Japan.
Training at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii (JCCH) follows an approach that incorporates 3 aspects of Karate. First, is learning the fundementals or basics of punching, blocking, kicking, etc. which is called Kihon. Second, is putting these basics into prearranged movements or forms, which is called Kata. Third, is working with a partner to learn sparring or the fighting aspect which is called Kumite. In SKIF we use a systematic approach developed by Kancho Kanazawa concerning Kumite. Kumite skills are developed using exercises that progressive work up from five-step, three-step, one-step, one-step freestyle to eventually freestyle sparring.