Shitoryu Karate Canada – Shitoryu Karaté Canada

Kyoshi Tanzadeh

Founder & Technical Director

Born in 1960, Tanzadeh received his 7th Dan from the All Japan Karate-Do Federation (Shitokai) as well as the World Shitoryu Karate-Do Federation (WSKF) in 2010.

He began his Karate training in 1972 at the age of 12 and received Shodan in 1977. Since his early career in Karate, his passion enabled him to distinguish himself in numerous ways. As a competitor, he was a member of the Iranian National Team for several years. As a coach, he has been Junior National Team Coach and head of the Coaching Committee in Iran. As a technician, he was a member of the Technical Committee in All Iran Karate-Do Federation. Furthermore, as an author, he wrote a book called “Karate Pioneers” in Persian Language.

He then became Official Examiner of All Iran Karate-Do Federation as well as All Iran Shitokai Karate-Do Association. Around the same time, he became head of Coaching Committee and Chief Instructor of All Iran Shitokai Karate-Do Association, and head of Coaching Committee of All Tehran Karate-Do Board.

He then pursued his Karate path in Japan. While living in Japan from 1990 to 1993, he had chances to train with Masters such as Manzo Iwata Sensei, Hiroshi Murata Sensei, Genzo Iwata Sensei, Takashi Yamazaki Sensei, Takami Sakanashi Sensei, Kato Sensei and so on. Furthermore, he gained tremendous benefit from training under the supervision of Genzo Iwata Sensei at Toyo University considered as one of the top universities in Japanese Karate. During his stay in Japan, he had a chance to participate in All Japan Karate-Do Federation Shitokai Gassuku and getting instructions and train under supervision of Hiroshi Murata Sensei, Toshiyuki Imanishi Sensei, Yukihiro Nozawa Sensei, Takashi Haraguchi Sensei and Iwaki Hashimoto Sensei as well as attending in All Japan Shitokai Technical Seminars conducted by Soke Kenei Mabuni Sensei, Ken Sakio Sensei, Hisatomi Sensei, Imanishi Sensei and Murata Sensei.

At the end of his stay in Japan, he won the 3rd place in individual Kata and went up to the podium with Yukimitsu Hasegawa, at the 1st World Shitoryu Karate-Do Championships in March 1993.

As other activities while in Japan, he received the 1st Degree (Shodan) in Japanese Swordsmanship (Iaido, Muso jikiden Eishinryu) in 1992. In the same year he received Coaching Certificate (Karate-Do Jokyo) from All Japan Shitokai Karate-Do Federation. In the field of competition, he won the 2nd place in Open Kumite and 2nd place in Kata in the 2nd All Saitama-ken Karate-Do Championships. He also won the 3rd place in Open Kumite in the 32nd All Japan Shitokai Karate-Do Championships in the same year.

In 1993, he became Kumite & Kata Referee of World Shitoryu Karate-Do Federation (WSKF), and Kumite Referee of Asian Union Karate-Do Organization (AUKO) in 1994.

In 1994, Tanzadeh was appointed as the Vice President in the 7th Asian & Pacific Shitoryu Karate-Do Congress and won 3rd place in Kata and 2nd place in Team Kumite at the 7th APSKF Championships.

In 1996 he immigrated to Canada. Shortly after settlement, he attended in local and international tournaments such as the 11th Kubota Cup while keeping his position as Technical Advisor of All Iran Shitokai Karate-Do Association.

After receiving the Jun-Shihan in 2000 and the Shihan Certificate in 2004 from World Shitoryu Karate-Do Federation (WSKF), he successfully passed the exam for the title of Renshi in 2007. His analytical yet practical approach explained in his thesis “Sen & Uke no Gogensoku” evoked admiration from the examiners. In 2017 he successfully passed the exam for the title of Kyoshi. He presented “Tanzadeh ‘Unsoku’ Agility Test”, “Speed & Agility Test for Karate Kumite athletes, an experiencing a new concept in Sport Karate” as his thesis for Kyoshi title.

He was elected as a member of Directors of World Shitoryu Karate-Do Federation in 2006 and re-elected in 2009. In between, he was also elected as Vice President and Technical Advisor of Asia Pacific Shitoryu Karate-Do Federation in 2007 and re-elected in 2010.

His significant contribution to the Shitoryu Karate Community in the world was recognized at the 6th WSKF World Championships and Congress held in Beijing, China in August 2009. As a result, he received the coveted Distinguished Service Award from Soke Kenei Mabuni and Kaicho Hiroshi Murata.

Currently, he holds “Kyoshi, Master Title” from the World Shitoryu Karate Federation(WSKF),  Kumite Referee “B” and a Kata Judge “A” license from World Karate Federation (WKF), Chairman  of Referee Committee in Karate Province of Ontario in Canada and member of Dan Examiner’s panel in Karate Canada and  is an official examiner of WSKF as well as the Member of Standing Directors of WSKF and Technical Advisor of Asia Pacific Shitoryu Karate-Do Federation (APSKF) and Secretary General of Pan-American Shitoryu Karate-Do Federation (PSKF). In those roles, Tanzadeh continues to contribute his passion and world level techniques to the Karate Community in the world.

Renshi Tanzadeh Performing Jodan Tsuki

With Soke Kenei Maubni in Japan 1993

With Soke Kenei Maubni in Japan 1993

With Ken Sakio Sensei, Tokyo 1991

With Ken Sakio Sensei, Tokyo 1991

With Hiroshi Murata Sensei, Tokyo 1991

With Hiroshi Murata Sensei, Tokyo 1991

With Imanishi Sensei, Tokyo 1991

With Imanishi Sensei, Tokyo 1991

1992 in Tokyo, During the Shidosha license test ( Jokyo Level ). Examiners, left to right > Iwata Sensei, Taniguchi Sensei, Hisatomi Sensei, Mabuni Soke, Sakio Sensei, Tusjikawa Sensei, Imanishi Sensei and Murata Sensei

1992 in Tokyo, During the Shidosha license test ( Jokyo Level ). Examiners, left to right > Iwata Sensei, Taniguchi Sensei, Hisatomi Sensei, Mabuni Soke, Sakio Sensei, Tusjikawa Sensei, Imanishi Sensei and Murata Sensei

With Iwata Genzo Sensei at his Dojo, Saitamaken 1990

With Iwata Genzo Sensei at his Dojo, Saitamaken 1990

With Takashi Haraguchi Sensei after All Saitamaken Championships. 1992

With Takashi Haraguchi Sensei after All Saitamaken Championships. 1992

32nd All Japan Karate Do Federation Shitokai - Championships, Tokyo 1992, 3rd Place in Kumite Open Division

32nd All Japan Karate Do Federation Shitokai – Championships, Tokyo 1992, 3rd Place in Kumite Open Division

One of the training sessions at Toyo University, Tokyo 1991

One of the training sessions at Toyo University, Tokyo 1991

During the 32nd All Japan Karate Shitokai - Championships, Tokyo 1992

During the 32nd All Japan Karate Shitokai – Championships, Tokyo 1992

Tanzadeh-Naihanchi-Kata

Accomplishments & Achievements 

  • Received Black Belt (Shodan) 1st Dan in 1977.
  • Member of All Iran National Karate Team. 1977-1980.
  • Member of All Iran National Karate Team. 1987-1990.
  • 1st Vahdat International Karate Do Championships. Tehran, Iran 1987. 1st place in Team kumite.
  • Head of Technical Committee of All Khorasan Karate Board, 1985-1987.
  • Head of Coaching Committee of All Khorasan Karate Board, 1985-1987.
  • Author of the book “Karate Pioneers” in Iranian Language, 1989.
  • All Iran Shitokai Karate Do Association, Member of Technical Committee, 1987-1996.
  • Official Examiner of All Iran Karate Do Federation, 1990-1996.
  • Official Examiner of All Iran Shitokai Karate Do Association, 1988-1996.
  • Head of Coaching Committee of All Tehran Karate Do Board. 1991-1996.
  • Head of Coaching and Training Committee and Chief Insturctor of All Iran Shitokai Karate Do Association. 1987-1996.
  • 1st Degree Black Belt in Japanese Swordsmanship (Iaido, Muso jikiden Eshinryu), Tokyo, Japan 1992.
  • Receiving Coaching Certificate (Karatedo Jokyo) from All Japan Shitokai Karate Do Federation. Tokyo, Japan 1992.
  • 2nd All Saitamaken Karate Do Championships. Saitamaken, Japan 1992. 2nd place in open kumite.
  • 2nd All Saitamaken Karate Do Championships. Saitamaken, Japan 1992. 2nd place in kata.
  • Iranian Junior National Karate Team Coach. 1990-1992.
  • 32nd All Japan Shitokai Karate Do Championships. Tokyo, Japan 1992. 3rd place in Open Kumite.
  • Receiving Master Assistant Certificate (Karatedo JunShihan) from the World Shitoryu Karate Do Federation. Tokyo, Japan 2000.
  • 1st World Shitoryu Karate Do Championships. Tokyo, Japan 1993. 3rd place in kata.
  • Member of Technical Committee of All Iran Karate Do Federation. 1993-1995.
  • 7th Asian & Pacific Shitoryu Karate Do Championships. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1994. 2nd place in team kumite.
  • 7th Asian & Pacific Shitoryu Karate Do Championships. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1994. 3rd place in individual kata.
  • 7th Asian & Pacific Shitoryu Karate Do Congress. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1994. 2nd Vice President.
  • Head of Coaching of All Iran Karate Do Federation. 1994-1996.
  • Technical Advisor of All Azerbaijan Karate Board, 1993-1996.
  • Technical Advisor of All Khorasan Karate Board, 1993-1996.
  • All Iran Shitokai Karate Do National Team. Head Coach, 1993-1996.
  • World Shitoryu Karate Do Federation (WSKF). Kumite & Kata Referee 1993.
  • Asian Union Karate Do Organization (AUKO). Kumite Referee 1994.
  • Asian Union Karate Do Organization (AUKO). Kata judge 1994.
  • All Iran Shitokai Karate Do Association, Vice President, 1993-1999.
  • Received Black Belt 6th Dan. December, 1996.
  • 11th International Kobuta Cup. Toronto, Canada 1996. 1st place in kata.
  • All Iran Shitokai Karate Do Association. Technical Advisor, 1996-present.
  • Receiving Master Certificate (Karatedo Shihan) from the World Shitoryu Karate Do Federation. Malaysia 2004.
  • Vice President (Technical) of Asia Pacific Shitoryu KarateDo Federation, APSKF, Malaysia 2004
  • Receiving Renshi (Master Title) Certificate from the World Shitoryu Karate Do Federation, WSKF. Hong Kong 2007
  • Elected as a member of Directors of World Shitoryu Karatedo Federation WSKF – 2006
  • Re-elected as a Vice President and Technical Advisor of Asia Pacific Shitoryu Karatedo Federation, APSKF. Hong Kong 2007
  • Member of Referee Council of Karate Ontario, 2008
  • Member of Referee Council of Karate Canada, 2009
  • Panamerican Karate Federation (PKF), Kata Judge A, 2009
  • Receiving the Prize of Distinguished Service Award from the World Shitoryu Karate Do Federation at the 6th WSKF World Congress in Beijing, China, 2009
  • Re-elected as a member of Directors of the World Shitoryu Karate Do Federation 
    WSKF
     – 2009
  • Re-elected as a Vice President and Technical Advisor of Asia Pacific Shitoryu Karatedo Federation, APSKF. Indonesia 2010
  • Panamerican Karate Federation (PKF), Kumite Referee A , 2010
  • Founder & Technical Director of Shitoryu Karate Canada (SKC), 2010
  • Received 7th Dan from the All Japan Karate Do Federation Shitokai (JKF Shitokai) and from the World Shitoryu Karate Do Federation WSKF. Japan 2010
  • Pan-American Shitoryu Karate-Do Federation (PSKF), Secretary General, 2012
  • Elected as a member of Standing Directors of World Shitoryu Karatedo Federation WSKF – 2013
  • World Karate Federation (WKF), Kumite Referee B, Kata Judge A , 2013
  • Karate Canada Member of Examiner (Dan Certification) Panel – 2014
  • Receiving Kyoshi (Master Title) Certificate from the World Shitoryu Karate Do Federation, WSKF. Canada 2017

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Sensei Tanzadeh Founder and Technical Director at Shitoryu Karate Canada

Sensei Tanzadeh Founder & Technical Director at Shitoryu Karate Canada