Toyotaro Miyazaki

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Toyotaro Miyazaki is the Head of the International Shotokai Federation.

Miyazaki, who was born September 25, 1944 in Tokyo, Japan. At college he majored in Economics.[1] He left Japan and moved to California in 1966.[1]

He began his karate training at 15 at the Kenkojyuku Dojo under Tomasaburo Okano,[2] who was a direct student of the founder of Shotokan Karate Gichin Funakoshi.[3] He trained in Kenkojuku Karate (Shotokan Style) in Japan until his mid twenties before coming to the United States.[3] He served as the head instructor of Tokutai Karate-Do.[3]

Upon arriving in the United States he quickly achieved fame in both kata and kumite. He fought the likes of Dwight Frazier and others.[4] He also competed against Kevin Thompson (karate).[5] Miyazaki had a top 10 ranking in karate for 2 decades.[6] His skills brought him to be on the cover of Black Belt Magazine, Karate Illustrated, and Official Karate Magazine. He retired from competition in 1971.[1] Chuck Norris described Miyazaki as one of his toughest opponents.[7]

Established in Flushing over 40 years ago, Miyazaki has taught thousands of students and has produced hundreds of black belts, some of whom have become Instructors at their own Karate Dojos. Miyazaki is currenty retired and living in Japan.

Miyazaki is also a former instructor of the Long Island University Karate Instructor Certification Program.

His students include Kai Leung[8] George Aschkar[9] Jorge Decena[3] and Nixon Feliz.[3] and 8th Dan Gustavo Larrea who now also has a school of his own in Queens


  1. ^ a b c "Black Belt June 1979".
  2. ^ Bustillo, Antonio (1 April 2001). "Steady Training". iUniverse – via Google Books.
  3. ^ a b c d e "History of Karate of Lineage".
  4. ^ "Black Belt December 1969".
  7. ^ Bustillo, Antonio (29 April 2001). "Steady Training". iUniverse – via Amazon.
  8. ^ "Shihan Kai Leung". Kai Leung's Shotojuku.
  9. ^ "Interview with George Aschkar".

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