OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Sensei Yamazaki Promoted to Kaicho of Japan Karate Do Ryobu-Kai

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Paul P. Belle Isle

Japan Karate Do Ryobu-Kai

(617) 600-8724

Sensei Kiyoshi Yamazaki Elevated to President of Japan Karate Do Ryobu-Kai

Renowned karate instructor assumes leadership of global martial arts organization

Garden Grove, CA:  Today, Japan Karate Do Ryobu-Kai (JKR), an international organization dedicated to instruction in traditional Japanese karate, announces that Sensei Kiyoshi Yamazaki has been elevated to the position of Kaicho, or President.  In this position, Sensei Yamazaki is responsible for leadership of all JKR schools throughout the world and the continued development of the organization.  It is extremely rare for a someone based outside of Japan to be promoted to such a position.Sensei Yamazaki Kiyoshi

Sensei Yamazaki has been actively assisting Sensei Yasuhiro Konishi II, son of JKR’s founder, in leading the organization for a number of years.  As Sensei Konishi has moved into retirement from active instruction, Sensei Yamazaki was his choice to take the reins of Japan Karate Do Ryobu-Kai.  Howard High, Chairman of JKR’s International Yudanshakai Executive Council said, “Sensei Yamazaki has worked tirelessly to spread the martial arts knowledge he has acquired throughout his life in JKR, as well as to expand and strengthen the organization.  His promotion to Kaicho is not only a demonstration of Sensei Konishi’s respect and confidence in Sensei Yamazaki, but a tremendous opportunity to position us for continued success.”

February 5, 2017 – Sensei Kiyoshi Yamazaki is officially awarded the title Kaicho of Japan Karate Do Ryobu-Kai by Madame Soke Konishi in the presence of the leadership of JKR Japan leadership.
Front row, L to R: Shohei Shimoyamada, Tokuyuki Yoneyama, Yoshio Yamada, Kaicho Kiyoshi Yamazaki, Madame Soke Hideko Konishi, Mikio Kikuchi, Ryuichi Yamagata, and Ryoji Sato of JKR; Masahiro Ide, CEO of Champ, Inc.
Back row, L to R: Housei Shinoda, Keita Atsumi, and Ikuo Wada of JKR.

Sensei Yamazaki emigrated from Japan in 1969 to share his martial arts knowledge with American students and establish JKR in the United States.  Since that time, he has become one of the most respected karate instructors in the world, working to promote traditional Japanese martial arts, and foster quality international competition as Technical Chairman for International Olympic Committee governing bodies like the USA National Karate Federation (USANKF), the Pan-American Karate Federation (PKF), and the World Karate Federation (WKF).


He is a highly sought-after instructor, not only because of the depth of his knowledge, but for his open, in-depth style, and he maintains a busy teaching and travel schedule.  Sensei Yamazaki holds 9th dan ranking in Shindo Jinen Ryu karate, as well as 8th dan ranking with the Japan Karate Federation (JKF).  He is the highest ranked JKR instructor overall, and the highest ranked JKF instructor residing outside of Japan.


About Japan Karate Do Ryobu-Kai (JKR): JKR has schools in more than 20 countries, and in 1935, became one of the first karate organizations to be officially recognized by the Japanese government.  Founded by Yasuhiro Konishi, Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai teaches a style of traditional Japanese karate called Shindo Jinen Ryu.

Minako YamazakiOFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Sensei Yamazaki Promoted to Kaicho of Japan Karate Do Ryobu-Kai
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Dec 2016 Newsletter

Happy New Year, JKR!

Once you’re done nursing your hangover don’t forget to hop online and get your 2017 annual registration in! It can all be found in the “Members” section on

Deadline to submit is January 30, 2017.

50th Annual JKRi Event

May 4-7, 2017

Click the image below (or this link) to make your hotel reservation at our special group rate of $115.00 USD per night. Contact Sensei Mina at if you’d like to extend your stay at the group rate.


Have a suggestion or comment? We’re always looking for ways to make JKR better through fresh ideas.

Do you have experience in the marketing field and could volunteer a few hours of your time? Please contact

Minako YamazakiDec 2016 Newsletter
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Nov 2016 Newsletter

2016 JKRi Winter Gasshuku
December 2 – 4, 2016

Click Here for a look at the schedule and to register online.

Join us for our very first Gasshuku at the new Hombu Dojo!!

Registration closes December 1st @8:00p PST

Nearest hotel:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Garden Grove-Anaheim South
12867 Garden Grove Blvd.
Garden Grove, California 92843
United States


50th Annual JKRi Event
May 4 – 7, 2017


Save the date for an important moment in JKR and Martial Arts History!

May 4, 2017: Instructor Training – New Curriculum
May 5, 2017: Instructor Training – New Curriculum, Dan Exam & JKR Fundraising Gala
May 6, 2017: Seminar **Stay tuned for an ALL-STAR Line-up**
May 7, 2017: Tournament


JKR Instructor Manual

Instructors, black belts, and brown belts, by now the new manual should have been thumbed through a few times. Exciting, right? Has everyone taken a look at the updated curriculum? The new kihon will challenge your students, and give them that satisfying feeling of accomplishment! If you haven’t ordered yours, contact HQ.

Minako YamazakiNov 2016 Newsletter
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Oct 2016 Newsletter

Hi, all! Here are a few updates for JKR members.

The JKR Instructor Manual 2.0 is available now.

The hombu has about 30 left in stock, so ask your dojo cho to email for a fresh copy!
*Fine Print: You have to be a current JKR brown belt, JKR black belt, or JKR Instructor to purchase one. Speak to your dojo cho ASAP!*

Implementation schedule for the updated curriculum will be available for download online. The updated curriculum will also be available for download online. *wait…really?

JKRi Winter Gasshuku is coming up! This will be the first international event at the new Hombu.

There are two hotels that are within walking distance of the new Hombu: Holiday Inn Express, Anaheim South and Candlewood Suite, GG/Anaheim
December 2 – 4, 2016 (BTW, it’s always the first weekend in December)

50th Annual JKRi Event will be May 4 – 7, 2017. Official invitations will be sent out January 1, 2017.

This is a huge milestone in JKR history, and we’re going to do it up right with celebrity guests, world-class seminars, and maybe even some dancing. Mark your calendars now. This is a must-attend event!

Minako YamazakiOct 2016 Newsletter
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Sep 2016 JKR Public Newsletter – JKR Instructor Manual 2.0

*voice of creepy girl from “Poltergeist”* There heeerrreeee…

 Apologies to the young ones that don’t understand that reference.

 We are very excited to debut the new JKR Instructor Manual 2.0!!

 There will be a special unveiling at the JKR Elite Gasshuku in Kansas City, KS Sept. 16-18, 2016.  After that they will be available for order through your JKR Sensei.

 It’s so…purrrrrrdy.

Minako YamazakiSep 2016 JKR Public Newsletter – JKR Instructor Manual 2.0
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July 2016 – JKR General Newlsetter

JKR Instructor Manual 2.0

The JKR Manual 2.0 publishing has been delayed due to formatting issues with Amazon. As soon as it is ready we will send out a very excited email to all instructors!

The Yudanshakai Executive Council appreciates your patience and understanding.

There may have been a bit of confusion when it came to our JKR Database site. JKR Database is a separate login from site. Consider them different websites. Separate. Independent. Divided. Unaccompanied. You get the idea.

Instructors: please make sure you register yourself so your students can find you in the drop down.

Make sure to take a look at the JKR Calendar for different seminars, instructor training, and other JKR-related events coming up. Email to get your event up on our calendar!

Minako YamazakiJuly 2016 – JKR General Newlsetter
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JKR Bahamas Earn the Best “Treat” on Halloween

On Saturday October 31st, 2015, 15 students from our dojo participated in a local tournament hosted by Sensei Basil Damianos of Holy Cross Goju Ryu Academy. All students were registered and participated in 2 events, kata and kumite. Those 15 students include:

  • Dave Griffen (White), 2nd & 2nd
  • Tyler Ndlovu (White), 2nd & 3rd
  • Danaya Coleby (Yellow), 3rd & 3rd
  • Khaden Johnson (Orange), 1st & 1st
  • Jaden Bethel (Orange), 2nd & 2nd
  • Alexander Butler (Green), 3rd & 3rd
  • Chianna Diggiss (Green), 1st & 1st
  • Robyn Evans (Green), 1st & 3rd
  • Aiden Johnson (Blue), 2nd in kata
  • Alexander Turner (Blue), 3rd & 3rd
  • Charles William Diggis (Red), 3rd & 1st
  • Duran Rolle (Red)
  • Jadyn Munnings (Brown), 1st & 2nd
  • William Knowles Brown, 3rd & 1st
  • Nathaniel Woodside (Black), 1st & 1st


I want to thank Sensei Evans for accompanying the students to this event. Without him, our participation would not have been possible.

Please join me in Congratulating these 15 students for doing such a wonderful job representing our school so well. I have since been contacted via social media by judges and scorekeepers from this event commending our students for their mature and organized behavior in public. This makes me very proud to know that our students conducted themselves accordingly. I understand the team spirit was very strong but was kept in order. The parental support was very strong and the coaching was unbelievably awesome.

I want to thank those parents who supported this event and ask for your continued support for future events.

To those students who like myself were unable to attend and participate, please know the dojo intends on putting on a similar tournament in the near future which will accommodate all.

Best Regards to our 15 champions. We certainly have something to celebrate!!!!

Sensei Chinyere Ijeoma-Chukwuka
N. P. Martial Arts & Fitness Centre
#1 Shirley Plaza
Shirley Street
P. O. Box N-4144
Nassau, Bahamas

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My Most Memorable Seminar

My most memorable seminar with Sensei Yamazaki was during September the 5th, 6th and 7th (this week). It was the most memorable seminar as Sensei Yamazaki gave an inspirational speech. The inspirational speech motivated me to practice and improve my karate for his next visit and my oncoming karate career. Sensei also prepared us for our black belt grading (later on the week) which helped us a lot! I am excited and looking forward to see Sensei Yamazaki next year. Happy 75th Birthday Sensei Yamazaki!

Emily Grey
JKR Australia
Bundaberg Branch

Minako YamazakiMy Most Memorable Seminar
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