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Mike Foster

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Zaragoza's

Background Information

Employment History

Director and Chief Instructor

Mike Foster Yoshukai International Association


Affiliations

Yoshukai International Karate Association

Founder


International

Founder


National Karate Association

Founding Member


Yamamoto

Representative


Education

7th Degree


Instructors Degree

Ministry of Education


Web References(50 Total References)


Y.I.K.A., Mojave Br. - History

yikamojavebranch.com [cached]

After watching his family week in and week out Stephen was approached to join his family in class by Ray Zaragoza Jr. Learning that the Zaragoza's teacher, Michael Foster, would be teaching a seminar, Stephen joined his family in class, which took place in October 1993.
During this process Stephen Ponting asked the Zaragoza's for Michael Foster's permission to take over these classes so that training could continue for the remaining students in these communities.


Y.I.K.A., Mojave Br. - History

www.yikamojavebranch.com [cached]

After watching his family week in and week out Stephen was approached to join his family in class by Ray Zaragoza Jr. Learning that the Zaragoza's teacher, Michael Foster, would be teaching a seminar, Stephen joined his family in class, which took place in October 1993.
During this process Stephen Ponting asked the Zaragoza's for Michael Foster's permission to take over these classes so that training could continue for the remaining students in these communities.


History of Mojave Branch

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Mike Foster, 9th Dan After watching his family week in and week out Stephen was approached to join his family in class by Ray Zaragoza Jr. Learning that the Zaragoza's teacher, Michael Foster, would be teaching a seminar, Stephen joined his family in class, which took place in October 1993.During this process Stephen Ponting asked the Zaragoza's for Michael Foster's permission to take over these classes so that training could continue for the remaining students in these communities.


Yoshukai Karate International: History

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Yamamoto Sensei and Mike Foster
During the following year Yamamoto would accept a new student Mike Foster, who was a 2nd Dan in Goju-Ryu. Mike Foster was stationed 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 trained under Dr Chitose. Foster would train under Yamamoto for the next four years, returning to the U.S. for short periods of time. Foster received his 3rd Dan rank on October 20th 1964 from Chitose/Yamamoto. He then received his 4th Dan on October 20th 1965, 5th Dan on June 10th 1969, 6th Dan on January 17th 1971, and 7th Dan on Feb 15th 1976. Foster was Yamamoto's representative in the U.S. 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. 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. Foster received senior rank through Chitose and Yamamoto.


Yoshukai Karate International: Yoshukai Kata History

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Interviews with Mike Foster, Hanshi of the Yoshukai International Karate Association, and Mike McClernan, of the Yoshukai Karate International Association.


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