SHIHAN KEIGO ABE
JAPAN SHOTOKAN KARATE ASSOCIATION, JAPAN
GRADE : 9TH DAN
I started my karate organization, Japan Shotokan Karate Association on 10th February 1999. It is, of course based on one of the shotokan styles in Japan but also includes “Abe Style” within it.
I started Karate and Judo training at 15 years old. When I was 4th Dan I entered the Japan Karate Association in 1958 where I met Sensei Masatoshi Nakayama who became my grand master, along with many other sensei. Sensei Nakayama told me that he was taught not only by Sensei Gichin Funakoshi but also by Yoshitaka Funakoshi his son. So my style of karate has a lot of influence from Sensei Yoshitaka too. The wide foot stances presently used and low stances reflect this. After I became an instructor at the JKA in 1965 and belonged to the instructors section at the JKA. In 1985, I became Director of Qualification and from 1990 Technical Director of the JKA Matsuno section, from which I retired on 31 January 1999.
During my active Karateka years, I took 3rd place in the first JKA National Championships and participated in the 2nd World Championships in Paris, as captain of the Japanese team. I won first place in the JKA International Friendship Tournament in 1973, and first place in the 2nd and 3rd JKF National Championships as representative of Tokyo. I have always thought that competition was one form of practice of Budo and was useful for improving techniques. I feel however that Karate nowadays is centered only on winning competitions and that everybody trains forwards this end. This is far from the truth. I believes that the true purpose of Karate lies in daily training and the goal is to develop a strong mind and body through this training, and furthermore to contribute to society in General. I came to establish the JSKA to realize this true karate purpose.
The JSKA Karate Philosophy
I hope that Karateka who understand these philosophies will join us.
SENSEI SHYAM SHERPA
Sensei Shyam Sherpa started his karate organization, Nepal Shotokan Karate Association – JSKA on 2003. It is of course based on one of the Shotokan Style.
He was born in 1974, in remote undeveloped village of Sindhupalchok District. He began karate at the age of 15. After some time he went to India and continued his karate training. During his stay in India he took part in several National and International Championships. He took first place in All Bengal Tournament in 1991, second place in All India Championship in 1993.
On 1994, he came back to Nepal and join NSKA. Then he took part in 1st Shotokan Karate Saarc Championship held in 1996 in Srilanka, he took first place in 1st Shotokan Karate Tournament in 1997, first place in National Shotokan Karate Tournament in 2002 and many Gold, Silver, Bronze in numerous Championships.
After establish his own organization he took part in "2nd JSKA Karate World Cup" which was held on 2004 in South Africa and won Bronze Medal. On this victory, he was appreciated by Association with cash prize NRS One Lakh which was handed by Honorable State Minister of Sports and Education. At the time of stay in South Africa he had join Master's Training Camp also.
He had also completed the special training course in Japan on 2007. He had also taken part in many National and International Seminars and also play role of referee and jury in many championships.
On the last years, by his great support the association organizes many International Karate Championships and Seminar. In which many Grand Masters, Senseis and Karate-ka from different countries took part.
He is currently, the Chief Instructor and General Secretary of Nepal Shotokan Karate Association, of grade 5th Dan, Examiner, JSKA Referee, National Referee of Nepal Karate Federation and teaches everyday to civil and Nepal Army at the headquarter dojo at National Stadium, Tripureshwor, Kathmandu.