Hanshi: Mike Foster
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).
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
lived and studied in Yamamoto's Dojo,
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.
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.
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