Shihan Koji Sugimoto

8th degree Black Belt
51 years in Miami

Shihan Koji Sugimoto has 8th dan. He was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1947. At the age of fourteen he began karate under Tomosaburo Okano, one of the original students of Gichin Funakoshi. Sugimoto continues to expand his knowledge and skills of the art of karate.



6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 am
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 12:30 am

Shotokan Kenkojuku

Shotokan Kenkojuku is part of the Japan Karate-Do Federation(JKF), and is one of the oldest and most traditional branches of Shotokan karate.

Developed by Master Okano, a student of Karate founder Gichin Funakoshi, Shotokan Kenkojuku is not just about fighting but about working together to help one another grow. The teachings center around the Dojo Kun, or code of the dojo, which emphasize perfection/ development of character, continual effort to improve and to understand the teachings, develop respect for others, and learn to restraint from violence.

As Master Gichin Funakoshi expressed,"without respect we are no better than animals learning to fight."



NOV. 4
44th J.K.F. Shotokan Kenkojuku Gashuku
This year's annual Gashuku was a great success and we appreciate the contributions made by all who participated. Presentations by Sensei Mike McCurry, Sensei John Kane, and Sensei Tuan Vo served as a solid framework for a great time of sharing knowledge, and provided opportunity for the discussion and exploration of the sport and Budo aspects of katas and techniques.
SEPT. 29
Hokubei Karate-do Shihankai Fall 2012
Annual Shihan-kai meeting as they discuss continual efforts to unite humanity through the discipline, mutual respect and common empathy of true martial arts.
AUG. 2
Black Belt and 1st kyu Exam -Fall 2012
We congratulate Lili Bandrich, Peter Lyn and Gus Solano in achieving the rank of Semi-Shodan, Mike Basinger and Tony Abreu for achieving 1st kyu – Brown Belt, second level.