One of the world's most renowned and respected traditional karate masters alive, Hirokazu Kanazawa is the only karateka ever to have won the notorious ‘All Japan Karate Championships’ twice. On one occasion he won the finals with a broken wrist.
In April 2000, while attending the 7th SKIF World Championships in Bali, Master Kanazawa was promoted to the grade of 10th Dan. He is currently the only living Shotokan Master to hold the grade. Although having this prestigious pedigree and being such a legendary karateka, Kanazawa Soke is also extremely charming and easily approachable. Being a natural teacher and communicator, he chooses to spend his time with as many of his students as possible, still travelling all over the world.