The SHOTOKAN KARATE-DO INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION-PHILIPPINES, (S.K.I.F.PHILIPPINES, Inc.) is an organization existing under Philippine laws.
Hirokazu Kanazawa, Soke, 10th dan, one of the world’s most renowned and respected traditional karate masters alive, set up the Shotokan Karate-do International Federation in 1978. It is now the largest karate organization in the world under one Supreme Instructor. He was a student of Gishin Funakoshi, the founder of shotokan style.
Kanazawa Soke has retired from active tour and teaching. His son, Nobuaki Kanazawa, has been inducted as the 2nd Kancho and Manabu Murakami Shihan is now the Shuseki Shihan (Chief-Instructor) of the federation.
S.K.I.F.Philippines was recognized as the official Philippine branch of the federation in 1991. The Central Colleges of the Philippines (CCP) dojo (gym) was inaugurated as its headquarters in the country in 1992 with Kanazawa kancho as guest of honor. Atty. Crispino P. Reyes, CCP president, heads S.K.I.F.Philippines.
The aim of the SKIF is to foster and develop the practice of Karate as a BUDO (Martial Arts or Martial ways) form. SKIF students take part in competitions, but the sport aspect of Karate is not allowed to take precedence over the more traditional aspects of Karate. SKIF maintains the BUDO nature of Karate and frowns upon the growing emphasis of commercialism. In addition to the traditional philosophy underpinned by the Rei-To-Setsu and Dojo Kun, SKIF also seeks for the healthy mental and physical growth of youth and peaceful international exchange of friendship through training and competition.
Ranks and belts awarded by S.K.I.F.Philippines are recognized and honored by the main headquarters of SKIF in Tokyo, Japan and major traditional karate clubs worldwide. All instructions and trainings are the same as those given in Tokyo and all branches of SKIF in more than 130 countries.
S.K.I.F.Philippines provides competent instructors and coaches who are well versed in the SKIF system.
S.K.I.F.Philippines is an active member of the Philippine Karate-do Federation – NSA (PKF-NSA), the organization recognized by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) as the governing body for sports karate.
What is SHOTOKAN Karate?
Shotokan is a style of karate, developed from various martial arts by Gichin Funakoshi (1868–1957) and his son Gigo (Yoshitaka) Funakoshi (1906–1945).
Is Karate-Do an Effective Self Defense?
Karate is the ultimate in unarmed self-defence. It is designed to disable with one move; it has techniques against all forms of attack and has been developed through centuries of harsh experience. Most importantly, it trains the mental and emotional skills of combat, as well as the physical. Strength and size are not important in Karate - it can be performed well with whatever strength you have, by relying on technique, speed and co-ordination. Karate teaches you how to avoid possible confrontations - it is far better to de-fuse or to avoid a dangerous situation than to confront it.
What Happens in the Lessons?
Karate consists of three aspects: Kata, Kihon (basics) and Kumite (sparring). Kihon involves the systematic training of various blocks, strikes, punches and kicks. Kumite is the application of the techniques learned in Kihon. The sparring is all pre-determined and is non-contact, being carried out with great control.
What is Kata?
Kata are formal exercises consisting of pre-determined defensive and offensive movements, performed in a sequence. They are performed by oneself against a series of imaginary attacks by several opponents. The secrets of Karate are hidden in these beautiful compositions of lethal movement. They are the means by which the fundamental techniques of Karate are transferred to each generation. There are 27 kata in Shotokan. In SKIF, there are 33 Kata including 4 kata adapted from other styles and 2 Bo kata - a new kata or series of kata are learnt after each grading.
Who can study Karate-Do?
Karate is for everyone - men, women and children; old or young; fit or not. Every girl or women should know what to do if attacked. Women in the lesson get the same training as the men. Children can benefit from the self-discipline, and the skills acquired will improve their self-confidence and character. The training is non-competitive. Older people have gained their black belts after 60 and have practised the art into their 80's. Older students receive the same training as younger people, although naturally the instructor will not demand the same level of endurance. Everyone's training is with oneself - the instructor only expects the best that you can achieve; there is no competition with anyone else in the lesson. You can adjust your training to suit your own stamina and abilities, but the harder you train the more you will benefit.
What Do The Belt Colours Mean?
Beginners wear a white belt. Training twice a week adults can grade every 3 months and should reach black belt within 4 years. However, thinking always of the next grade is contrary to the true spirit of Karate. In reality, obtaining a black belt is merely the start of one's training, not the culmination.
How Good is Karate for Fitness?
Karate is one of the most balanced and complete ways of keeping in good physical condition. Karate incorporates the use of the entire body in which legs, hips, spine, shoulders and arms are co-ordinated to develop balance, flexibility, poise, speed, strength and stamina. No other form of training uses as many parts of the body to such an extent. Karate is not seasonal and so one's condition can be maintained throughout the year. Other forms of training, where exercise for the sake of exercise is done, become a chore after the first enthusiasm passes and are invariably dropped. However, Karate becomes more interesting and rewarding as you progress, without any limit. Even after decades of training, students will still be learning and improving their techniques - this is very rare in any sport.
Is there any other benifits from Karate-Do?
Karate is a means of developing friendship. At its best it is also a means of gaining self-understanding and self-confidence. It is an art form through which one can express individuality. Karate is also a bridge to other cultures and times, and it establishes a contact with one's mind and body that is rare in Western education. The true rewards lie in the improvement of mind, body and character. Without this threefold development, mastery of the techniques will be impossible. Great personal effort and mental concentration are needed to learn Karate, but the rewards are enormous.