Renowned Japanese teach of Shotokan karate. Hirokazu Kanazawa has died. He passed away at the age of 88.
Hirokazu Kanazawa was the Chief instructor and President of the Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation, an organisation he founded after he left the Japan Karate Association.
Kanazawa is ranked 10th dan in karate. We learned about his death through an Twitter post.
According to Patrick Donkor and Dr. Christian Tribowski;
Hirokazu Kanazawa is considered one of the most skillful karate masters of all time. A great technician and an excellent instructor, he has built up a loyal and dedicated following of students.
A gentle and sincere man, he has been able to convey the concepts of karate to many generations of students.
As prolific author, he has also had many instructional books and videos produced. It could be argued that many people would not have started karate if they had not seen demonstrations from this very talented master.
In any case, he is a true legend of Shotokan karate.”
Our condolence to his family.