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Yoshukai Karate


Fossil Park (Willis S. Johns) Recreation Center 6635 9Th Street North

St Petersburg, Florida 33702

United States

Company Description

T he YOSHUKAI INTERNATIONAL KARATE SCHOOL offers a variety of programs for students aged from 4.5 years old up to and including adults. Each class is designed to provide the best martial arts learning environment for that specific age group. The age range ... more

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Employment History

Director and Chief Instructor

Mike Foster Yoshukai International Association


Yoshukai International Karate Association

Founding Member
National Karate Association




7th Degree

Instructors Degree

Ministry of Education

Web References (30 Total References)

Y.I.K.A., Mojave Br. - Hanshi [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:

Y.I.K.A., Mojave Br. - Who is Yoshukai [cached]

Yoshukai () International is a association of karate founded by Michael G. Foster in 1977.

Michael G. Foster (9th Dan) first studied under Watanade in the late 1950's and then studied with Yamamoto in Japan starting in 1964.
Michael G. Foster was stationed at Ituzuke Air Force Base in the late 1950s. Yamamoto met Foster in 1964 when Foster returned to Japan to test for second degree black belt.
Foster spent about three weeks at Yamamoto's dojo. Foster returned to Japan in September 1964 and lived in Yamamoto dojo for approximately 19 months, returning to USA in 1966 as 4th degree black belt. Also in 1966 Foster was named the U.S. officer of Yoshukai karate and was tasked with spreading Yoshukai in the United States. In 1968, Hiroyuki Koda, went to the United States under the patronage of Mike Foster to help him in Florida with his mission of expanding the number of Yoshukai schools in America.
In 1989, Mike Foster was awarded the right to use the name "Yoshukai International Karate Association".
Mike Foster was noted as a karate champion in the early days of his career, and though retired from active competition, he is considered one of the premiere karate officials in America.

Y.I.K.A., Mojave Br. - Instructors [cached]

Hanshi: Mike Foster

Micheal G. Foster Founder of Yoshukai Int'l Karate Assoc.

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

During the following year Yamamoto would ... [cached]

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. 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.

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