JKI Miami | Instructors
Chief Instructor | Yasuyoshi Saito
Saito Sensei was born in Northern Japan and trained in the JKA system with his sensei, Hiroshi Shoji. When Saito Sensei left Japan he initially taught in France, South America and the Caribbean. In Guadeloupe, French West Indies he was chief instructor of the Budokan French Federation. In 1971 Saito Sensei came to South Florida where, until 1992 he was an instructor of the International Shotokan Karate Federation, South Atlantic branch. In 1993 he founded Japan Karate-Do International with affiliated members in England, Venezuela, Haiti, Puerto Rico and Curacao. Teaching class, two - three each day, six days each week along with traveling for teaching seminars, Saito Sensei is exactly where he wants to be: in a dojo passing on the values of a life dedicated to karate. Sensei often reminds his students that one needs money, dedication, time and trust to make the most of one's karate training.
Training began in 1980 with Shotokan of North Chicago. Moved to Miami and began training with Saito Sensei in 1996. National competitor 1984-1988 placing well in many state and national tournaments. Began international competition with Saito Sensei, also placing well in kata and kumite events. Still competes locally and internationally. Trains on a daily basis at hombu dojo. "Repetition and honest dedication is paramount".
Started Goju Ryu Karate in 1981 in the city of Carupano Venezuela. In 1982 Started Shotokan Karate under the JKA with Shihan Katsuya Ishiyama. In 1987, after the death of Master Masatoshi Nakayama, JKA Venezuela became part of the ITKF under the technical guidance of Sensei Hidetaka Nishiyama. National and International competitor in Venezuela and the Caribbean. After moving to the United States, in 1999, and a hiatus in Karate (4 years), started with the Japan Shotokan Karate Federation (JSKF) in 2005 with Shihan Tony Rosa in Miami, FL and under the technical guidance of Shihan Toshiaki Namiki. Started studying under Sensei Yasuyoshi Saito and the Japan Karate Do International in the year 2007. National and International Competitor in the U.S under JKI. Currently holds a Yondan (4th Degree) Black belt under Japan Karate Do International.