About Japan Karate Federation NW
Headquartered in portland, Oregon, the Japan Karate Federation Ryobukai NW is an official affiliate of its parent dojo in Tokyo, Japan, led by Grand Master Yasuhiro (Takehiro) Konishi. The organization was originally formed in 1920 and has successfully maintained the same high standards of discipline and training upon which Ryobukai was founded.
Old Grandmaster Yasuhiro Konishi referred to his karate as Shindo Jinen-ryu Karate Jutsu (“godly, natural style, complete empty-handed way”). Konishi believed that those who walk a morally correct path in this life naturally follow the divine way.
He further contended that pure karate training allows one the opportunity to expand their knowledge and establish the solid foundation necessary to living a moral life. Konishi’s philosophies continue to perservere at the Japan Karate Federation.
After many years of training karate students and police officers throughout the Northwest, Chief Instructor Junki Yoshida established a head dojo in Beaverton, Oregon in 1976. By popular demand, the Japan Karate Federation has since expanded its classes by opening karate schools in Portland, Gresham, Hillsboro, Salem, Seattle, Battleground, Kent, Bellevue, Oxbow, Everett and Auburn, taught by more than 50 black belt instructors.
The Japan Karate Federation’s dojo kun represents our own philosophical foundation encompassing the essential ingredients for maximum development in martial arts training, as well as business aspirations and personal life.
Be humble and polite.
Be loyal to Karate-Do.
Strive to reach your limits.
Be patient and not discouraged.
Work to develop a healthy mind and body
DOJO FOUNDER – JUNKI YOSHIDA
Junki Yoshida is a 7th degree Black Belt and founder of the Japan Karate Federation Ryobukai NW. He was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan where he studied several forms of martial arts throughout his childhood. Sensei Yoshida immigrated to the United States in 1968 and earned numerous Free Form and Heavyweight championships in International Canadian, Northwest and Western States competitions.
Now, an established leader in the international world of karate, Sensei Yoshida currently holds such esteemed positions as Class A Referee for the World Union Karate Organization (governing body of International Olympic Committee) and Executive Board Member of the USA National Karate-Do Federation.
Perhaps best known as the founder of the internationally marketed Mr. Yoshida’s® Fine Sauces, Junki Yoshida attributes his business success to the humble yet determined teachings of karate. Applying such strong values in the business world led Sensei Yoshida to establish himself as CEO and Chairman of the Yoshida Group, a Portland-based conglomerate of 20 diverse companies. In addition to the benefits of physical development, Sensei Yoshida strongly contends that the philosophies instilled by Ryobukai are key elements of growth in a leader, friend, parent and person.