Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa
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 over the years.
The most notable achievement was Kancho won 2 Gold medals 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 Odakan School of Karate grade and train under Kancho to ensure they receive the high standard of training that all Odakan Karate School instructors have received over the years. Kancho is also the honorary president of SKIF Ireland which is a huge honour for SKIF Ireland.