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UPDATE: New Curriculum Implementation Schedule

Message from the International Yudanshakai Executive Council (IYEC)


Following up on our March 18th conference call, the USA Yudanshakai Executive Council (USAYEC) heard a pretty a consistent level of concern over the pace and timing for the implementation of JKR’s revised curriculum.

With that in mind, the USAYEC has updated the implementation schedule to help alleviate some of the pressure you and some of your students may be feeling.  Additionally, we are clarifying the language used in the new Manual around requirements for Shodan, Nidan and Sandan.

It is crucial that instructors understand that much of the new material is not yet required for examinations, but will become required over time.

Please download 17.04.15- New Curriculum Implementation Schedule and familiarize yourself with it, also noting the following:

  • For Shodan requirements, “Student’s choice” shall mean one of the four kata listed, NOT all four, with only one being performed.  This will reduce the course load for Shodan by 3 kata.
  • For Nidan requirements, the single “Student’s choice” kata shall be one of the 3 kata from the Shodan “Student’s choice” list that was not performed for Shodan.
  • For Sandan requirements, the two “Student’s choice” kata shall be the remaining 2 kata from the Shodan “Student’s choice” list that was were not performed for Shodan or Nidan.
  • The implementation schedule has been revised to significantly lengthen the implementation time line and to better stagger the rollout of new requirements so that they aren’t all hitting at once.  This will help alleviate pressure on current students on the cusp of black belt examinations, as well as on instructors who have not yet learned the new material in order to teach it.

The USAYEC feels that the approach described above, as well as the new time lines, should balance the need to deepen our curriculum with realistic goals for both instructors and their students.  However, we will continue to monitor your feedback and can make additional adjustments as required, so keep the conversation going – we want to hear from you!

If you have any questions or concerns about this information, feel free to contact me.

Best regards,

Vice Chairman – IYEC

Minako YamazakiUPDATE: New Curriculum Implementation Schedule
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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Sensei Yamazaki Promoted to Kaicho of Japan Karate Do Ryobu-Kai

                                                                               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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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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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