Jonathan Kwok :: February 16, 2017

This Thursday's advanced class will be taught Hanchi Jonathan Kwok, Chief Instructor of SKI-U.S. Federation

This invitation is for Satsuma Dojo Black and Brown belts. As always, brown belts are welcome to attend the sessions, do as much as you're able, and sit down for things you're not yet able to do.

Thank you to all who attended.

Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa :: June 14, 2016

Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa will be visiting Satsuma Dojo for one day only on Tuesday, June 14. See the attached flyer.

Kancho Kanazawa is President of the international organization of which we are a member, Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation, which was founded by Kancho's father, Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa. Kancho Kanazawa oversees an organization with 130 member countries and 2.5 million members. It is a tremendous honor and opportunity for Satsuma Dojo to host someone of Kancho's international stature, and I hope that all of you will be able to attend his class.

On the attached flyer, you'll see that we have a special schedule on the night of Kancho's visit. Our regular class will be 5:30p-6:45p plus another 30 minutes for autographs and pictures.

Again, I hope you'll all be able to attend Kancho's Tuesday, June 14, class!  j

18th Annual Gasshuku :: Aug 29

Our 18th Annual Summer Gasshuku is coming up Saturday, August 29, 2015
Details are:

Saturday, August 29, 2015
8am to 12pm (lunch and awards to follow)
Montara State Beach, Montara (near Half Moon Bay), CA

All proceeds benefit the Lowell Slater Richardson Foundation, a nonprofit foundation that sends at risk students to college.

We have a large population of younger members and families at the CNC who have never experienced training like this. Please spread the word an encourage them to come. The Gasshuku is a fund raiser but it is also a unique training experience and I hope you’ll help me encourage folks to attend.


Mark Richardson

Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa :: June 2015

We are very happy to announce that Satsuma Dojo again has the opportunity to host Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa, President for Shotokan Karate-do International Federation (SKIF) and all its 5 million members in 130 countries.

Kancho Nobuaki is the oldest son of Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa. While he spends most of time traveling throughout the world sharing the SKIF philosophy and curriculum, the world is a very big place, and Satsuma Dojo is extremely fortunate to train with him! It's easy for our members to be accustomed to regular visits by Kancho Nobuaki, but we must always remember that most SKIF members in the world may never meet Kancho Nobuaki!

Our seminars will occur on June 16, 18, 21 of 2015, at the Columbia Neighborhood Center. There will be ample opportunities for members of all ranks to train with Kancho and to get autographs and pictures. See the attached flyer for details of the schedule and the fees.

Satsuma Dojo is one of the three original SKIF dojo in the United States from 1983. We continue to enjoy a strong relationship with SKIF that was initiated by Sensei Isao Wada, the founder of Satsuma Dojo.

See the Flyer!

Sensei Fumitoshi Kanazawa :: Oct.31 & Nov.2

The Satsuma Dojo Board of Directors has invited Sensei Fumitoshi Kanazawa to come all the way from the SKIF (Shotokan Karate-do International Federation) Honbu Dojo in Tokyo to teach two of Satsuma Dojo’s regular classes at the Columbia Neighborhood Center on Thursday, October 31, and on Saturday, November 2. By invitation only, you are invited to join us on a donation-only basis (Satsuma Dojo members excepted).

Thursday, October 31
This 7:15pm-8:45pm class is for black and brown belts only. It is located in the multi-purpose room in the middle of the Columbia Middle School campus (adjacent to the CNC).

Saturday, November 2—Two classes will be offered on this day:

  • 8:15am-10:00am for black and brown belts only
  • 10:15am-12:00pm for all ranks

Fumitoshi Sensei is Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa’s youngest son and is a 5th degree black belt and the 2006 SKIF world kumite champion. He is an excellent technician, and we’re happy to have this opportunity to develop a closer relationship between him and the Bay Area Shotokan community as he begins to teach more and more across the world.

I hope you can join us for this special opportunity to train again with Fumitoshi Sensei.  j