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Mr. Mike Foster

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Local Address: United Kingdom
Mike Foster Consulting Limited

Employment History

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  • Instructors Degree
    Ministry of Education
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MIKE FOSTER - Yoshukai Latin America, 21 May 2014 [cached]
MIKE FOSTER - Yoshukai Latin America
MIKE FOSTER - Yoshukai Latin America
MIKE FOSTER: Hanshi (Master Instructor) Ku Dan (9th Dan) Obtuvo su grado de Sho-Dan y Ni-Dan estudiando con Sensei Watanabe para le decada del 50, Regreso a los Estados Unidos en 1963 y en 1964 regreso a Japon, donde conocio al maestro Mamoru Yamamoto y con quien entreno por 10 meses antes de regresar a los Estados Unidos y por los proximos 3 anos se mantuvo viajando constantemente a Japon. Foster fue el oficial de Yoshukai karate en los Estados Unidos Durante parte de la epoca de los 60, con una mision clara: Expandir la cantidad de escuelas de Yoshukai en las americas. Sensei Foster se convirtio en el campeonde los Esados Unidos en Kumite (pelea) por 4 años seguidos desde 1966 al 1969 y se le conocia como el Sensei peleador. En la decada de los 70 Mike foster se separo de Yamamoto para formar su propia asosiacion. Mike Foster's Yoshukai International Karate association crecio para incluir escualas en Florida, California, Alabama Georgia, Illinois, Puerto Rico y varios paises internacionales como lo son Canada, Alemania, Latvia, Australia, Nueva Zelanda y Africa del Sur. En el 1990 formo el Yoshukai International Testing Board. El 17 de Mayo del 2003 fue promovido al rango de Ku Dan (Cinturon Negro 9no Dan). MIKE FOSTER - Yoshukai Latin America
ike Foster was station at Itazuke air force base in the late 1950's and studied with Sensei Watanabe who taught Goju karate at the Itazuke Administration Annex base gym. He would earn both Sho Dan and Ni Dan rank from Sensei Watanabe. Mike Foster was sent back to the United States in 1963. After recovering from respiratory problems Mike Foster went back to Japan in 1964. His former instructor Sensei Watanabe was good friends with Sensei Mamoru Yamamoto, who would visit the gym twice a month. At this time Mike Foster was introduced to Yamamoto who was under Dr Chitose.
Foster would train for the next 10 months under Yamamoto, returning to the U.S. for a short time. This would go on for the next three years traveling back and forth. Foster received his 3rd Dan rank on October 20th 1964 from Master Yamamoto. Then his 4th Dan on October 20th 1965, 5th Dan on June 10th 1969, 6th Dan on January 17th 1971, 7th Dan on Feb 15th 1976. Foster was the U.S. officer of Yoshukai karate during the mid 60's, his mission was to expand the number of Yoshukai schools in America. Sensei Foster became the United States karate champion in kumite for the years 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969. He was known as the Fighting Sensei.
Foster would follow his instructor until the late 70's when he would move on to start his own association. Mike Foster's Yoshukai International Karate Association would grow to include portions of the United States; Florida, California, Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Puerto Rico. The international counties include Canada, Germany, Latvia, Puerto Rico, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA. In 1990, Mr. Foster formed the Yoshukai International Karate Association's testing board to provide a standardized ranking method for student being promoted to the dan ranks of his system. The testing board consists of 4th degree black belts (and above) and is divided in two separate boards, one for kata and one for kumite. The board is overseen by Mr. Foster. After twenty-seven years of holding the rank of 7th Dan, Mr. Foster was promoted to the rank of Ku Dan (9th degree black belt) and given the title of Hanshi (Master Instructor) at a ceremony on May the 17, 2003 in Titusville FL.
Foster received senior rank through Chitose and Yamamoto.
Y.I.K.A., Mojave Br. - Instructors, 28 Sept 2012 [cached]
Hanshi: Mike Foster
Micheal G. Foster Founder of Yoshukai Int'l Karate Assoc.
Y.I.K.A., Mojave Br. - Hanshi, 28 Sept 2012 [cached]
Hanshi: Mike Foster
Mike Foster YIKA Founder:
Michael G. Foster, who is called "Sense" by his many students, is the founder and head of the Yoshukai International Karate Association, (A separated branch of Yoshukai karate).
Mike Foster attained Nidan in Korean Judo while stationed in Korea in the early 1950's, was then transferred to the Air Force Base near Fukuoka, Japan, where he studied karate under Sensei Watanabe, a Goju Ryu karate instructor who taught at the Itazuke Administration Annex base gym. Sensei Watanabe felt that Foster was a very promising student and recommended that he study with Mamoru Yamamoto, who at that time was studying Chito - Ryu karate under Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose's who was the founder of Chito-Ryu. Foster lived and studied in Yamamoto's Dojo,
Mike Foster stayed with Mamoru Yamamoto in the break away.
In 1966, Mike Foster returned to the United States as a 4th Dan (4th degree black belt).
Mike Foster was highly successful in starting Dojo's in the United States, and in 1967, Mike Foster was named U.S. Officer of Yoshukai Karate.
In 1976, Mike Foster the Director of Yoshukai America broke away from Yamamoto's organization because of a disagreement with Hiroyuki Koda, Vice Director, in application of techniques and administration.
Mike Foster stepped down and established the Yoshukai International Karate Association (YIKA) while Hiroyuki Koda was named the director of the U.S. Yoshukai Karate Association (USYKA) for Yamamoto.
In 1989, Mike Foster was awarded by the courts the sole right to use the name "Yoshukai International Karate Association" (YIKA), where today he has over 1800 members and over 300 Black Belts throughout the World.
Mike Foster received his 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Degrees under Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose.
In 1977, Mike Foster received his 7th Degree under Sensei Mamoru Yamamoto. In 2003, The Shihan and Renshi classes of The Yoshukai International Karate Association (YIKA) bestowed the rank of Ku-Dan, (9th Degree Black Belt) and the title Hanshi, (Master Instructor) to Mike Foster at a ceremony given on May 17, 2003 in Titusville, Florida.
Early Career
Mike Foster was noted as a karate champion from the beginning of his career, and he is considered the premiere karate official in America. Listed below is a brief view a his early accomplishment:
Director: Michael Foster - ..., 5 May 2011 [cached]
Director: Michael Foster - Foster & Associates
Karate Reference Info, 4 Mar 2013 [cached]
start training after meeting Mr. Mike Foster, head of the Yoshukai Karate system. Mr. Foster allowed Mr. Smith to sit in and watch the Martial Arts classes.
Mike Foster, 7th Degree, studied with Mr. Yamamoto in Japan for a period of ten years and in 1966 brought the system to the United States.
Mr Foster holds an Instructors Degree from the Ministry of Education in Japan. He is currently the Director and Chief instructor of the Mike Foster Yoshukai International Association with the branch dojos in Denmark, Germany, New Zealnad, Puerto Rico, and throughout the United States.
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