Shihan Taku Nakasaka
Shihan Taku Nakasaka Started Kyokushin in his hometown, Sapporo, Japan in 1982. After successively claiming several championship title, he then served as an assistant instructor of the I.K.O. Kyokushinkaikan dojo.
Moved to United States in 1990, trained under Sensei Jimmy Nishimura, former Branch Chief of Los Angeles. Under Sensei Jimmy Nishimura's vigilant leadership and guidance, Taku Nakasaka was chosen to represent the United States in the 6th World Open Tournament in 1995.
In 1996, his first dojo followed by four subsequent dojos, opened in Downtown Los Angeles, California.
Shihan Taku Nakasaka, in a joint effort with I.K.O. Kyokushinkaikan, hosts annual Karate Championship events in Los Angeles, California, bringing fighters from the world.
1982 Join Kyokushin in Japan
1990 Came to United States
1995 The 6th World Open Tournament U.S.A. Represent
1996 Start operate Dojo in Los Angeles, California
2005 Received I.K.O. Branch Chief Status
2007 North American National Team Coach of 9th World Tournament in Japan
2008 Pan American National Team Coach of Int'l Tournament in Russia
2009 North American National Team Coach of 4th World Weight Category Tournament in Japan
2011 North American National Team Coach of Int'l Tournament in Serbia
2015 North American National Team Coach of Int'l Tournament in Brazil
2016 North American National Team Coach of Int'l one match fight in France
U.S. Weight Category Tournament Organizing Committee Chairman since 2005 to present
Sensei Takashi Hasegawa
Sensei Takashi Hasegawa is a 4th degree black belt with more than33 years of experience in Kyokushin karate. He has trained in Kyokushin's Tochinan Branch and Headquarters Tokyo as well as in the Burbank Branch in California, USA.
Sensei Hasegawa was born in 1967 in Urawa, Japan. His martial arts training began at the age of nine, when he started learning Kendo. After six years of Kendo study, he became very interested in Kyokushin when he saw Kyokushin fighters rigorous training methods and their amazing technique. As a result, in 1982, he began his Kyokushin career, which lasted until this day.
Sensei Hasegawa also studied Kenpo while attending Wako University in Japan for his Bachelor痴 degree in economy. He has earned a black belt only after four years of training.
He came to Los Angeles in 1989 and continued his Kyokushin Karate training in the Burbank branch, under the North Los Angeles Branch Chief Shihan Brian Bastien. At the same time, Sensei Hasegawa was attending West Coast University, CA, where he successfully completed his studies and got his MBA. In 1994, after 11 years of training, Sensei Hasegawa received his black belt in Kyokushin karate. Later that year, Sensei Hasegawa placed 3d at the Kyokushin Los Angeles Tournament. The same year he participated in the Kyokushin US Selection Tournament in Chicago.
Sensei Hasegawa now devotes his life to training his students, who have won numerous local and US tournaments and has been contributing to the spread of Kyokushin Karate as the Head Instructor of the West Los Angeles Dojo. In 2011, Kancho Matsui appointed Sensei Hasegawa West LA Kyokushin Karate Branch Chief.
In 2015, Sensei Hasegawa moved to a new dojo right in the heart of Japan Town, on Sawtelle.
1987 "POWER KARATE" was established in Los Angeles and Patrick Fard was the youngest dojooperator of Oyama Sosai at IKO Kyokushinkaikan in Los Angeles. Patrick Fard was determined to succeed and honor his long life goals.
Shihan Patrick Fard was born in July 1968, and began his training in the art of Kyokushin Karate at the age of seven. Passionate to learn from the start, he trained religiously and achieved his black belt by the age of fourteen. He began competing in tournaments at just eight years old and throughout his life has traveled all over the globe to achieve and experience at different championships. After 40 years of experience Shihan Fard is one of the highest ranking member in North America with 5th degree black belt. He is now the first and only black belt in the history of Kyokushin in North America by completing 50 man Kumite at IKO Kyokushinkaikan World Headquarters in Tokyo Japan and 3rd in the world at the age of 44.
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Shihan Patrick Fard - US BRANCH CHIEF
Shihan Katsuhito Gorai - Conductor
Shihan Katsuhito Gorai started KYOKUSHIN as a High School student at the IKO Honbu Dojo in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan under the tutelage of Sosai Mas Oyama.
Shihan Gorai then pursued his study while at Waseda University in Tokyo at the renowned, ‘Josai’ Branch in Tokyo.
After achieving his Black Belt, Shihan Gorai began operating a direct-Branch dojo in Tokyo, training students who have since become championship fighters and IKO Branch Chiefs around the world all while continuing his own competitive training. In 1984, Shihan Gorai placed 6th at the All Japan Open Karate Tournament.
In 1989, Shihan Gorai moved to Los Angeles, CA, USA and then made his way to the east coast and NYC for Graduate School. In February 1994, Shihan Gorai was called to a private meeting at Ikebukuro Honbu with Sosai Mas Oyama where he was deeply honored to be appointed USA Branch Chief personally by Sosai Mas Oyama. Shihan Gorai was the last Branch Chief designated by Sosai Mas Oyama before his untimely death in April that same year. Shihan Gorai then proceeded to open the first IKO Kyokushinkaikan Honbu-Direct Branch in New York City: Kyokushin Karate New York ~KKNY.
In late November 1994, Sosai Mas Oyama’s illustrious successor, Kancho Shokei Matsui appointed Shihan Gorai, Director for the IKO International Department, as well as General Secretary of the IKO International Committee, the latter an IKO Honbu advisory body chaired by Sosai Mas Oyama’s first “Uchi-Deshi”, (apprentice) the revered Shihan Bobby Lowe, 8th Dan, Hawaii, USA.
Currently, Shihan Gorai oversees eight KKNY-direct dojos across the US, the Caribbean and Central America. He is one of the few IKO International Branch Chiefs to serve as Executive Referee on the IKO Championship Tournament Circuit. Shihan Gorai has led IKO International Officiating Seminars, taught Kyokushinkaikan Technical Clinics, instructed at IKO Black Belt Conferences and Summer Camps, presided at over one hundred IKO Promotion Examinations and personally trained tens of thousands of Kyokushin students all over the world. In addition, he established the All American Open International Karate Championships, the largest and most renowned full-contact karate competition in the Americas. Shihan Gorai holds the rank of 6th Dan in the IKO Kyokushinkaikan.
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