2008 ISKF World Shoto Cup
I am delighted to offer my warmest greetings to our ISKF karate family from around the world, and I am thrilled to welcome everyone to the beautiful and vibrant City of Toronto, and to the 2008 ISKF World Shoto Cup! I hope you have a wonderful, exciting, and rewarding stay.
This World Cup marks a significant milestone in the history of the ISKF, which celebrates its first year as an independent global organization. The ISKF, established in 1977 as a Pan American organization, is dedicated to the teachings of our founding fathers, Masters Funakoshi and Nakayama.
Our distinguished leaders, Master Teruyuki Okazaki, 10th Dan, Master Yutaka Yaguchi, 9th Dan, and twelve high ranking international karate instructors from Japan, the USA, Canada, Guyana, England, Trinidad, and Jamaica, will ensure the legacy of the founding fathers is preserved in this and all future World Cups.
I know you have trained hard and are all highly motivated to do your best in these competitions that pit the host country – Canada, against the world’s best competitors. May the finest and most skilled competitors emerge victorious. However, as you battle your way to the top, please remember Master Okazaki’s message to you – follow the Dojo and Niju Kun.
In your spare time, please explore and enjoy the sights, sounds, and rhythm of Canada’s biggest and brightest city – Toronto, and have fun.
Thank you for your overwhelming support and your dedication to Shotokan Karate-do and the ISKF.