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The Honorable Judge Paul Ribner, 5th Dan (Honorary)

Judge Paul Ribner has been President of the ISKF since its inception. A student of Master Okazaki, he has been involved in karate for 44 years. He is a devoted supporter of Master Okazaki and the ISKF’s policies. Judge Ribner is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Before his retirement from the bench, he sat in the Court of Common Pleas.




Lance Astrella, Esq. 7th Dan

Mr. Lance Astrella has been a student of Master Yaguchi for 30 years. Mr. Astrella is a noted trial lawyer specializing in the field of energy and natural resources. In 2007, he was named one of Colorado’s “Super Lawyers.” Mr. Astrella was educated at California State University at Chico, the University of California at Davis, and the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific. He holds Bachelor Degrees in Chemistry and Economics, a Masters Degree in Economics, and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence.



Teruyuki Okazaki, 10th Dan

A true North American karate pioneer, Master Okazaki was one of the top instructors the JKA sent out to spread karate outside Japan. Master Okazaki entered Takushoku University at the age of 16. He studied under Gichin Funakoshi, the father of modern karate and Masatoshi Nakayama, the late chief instructor of the JKA who was Master Funakoshi’s assistant.



Yutaka Yaguchi, 9th Dan

Master Yutaka Yaguchi studied under Masatoshi Nakayama, the late chief instructor of the JKA, Motokuni Sugiura, the present chief instructor of the JKA, and Teruyuki Okazaki, chief instructor of the ISKF, and received his shodan and nidan from Master Funakoshi himself. Among the first to graduate from the JKA Instructors Program, he trained with and competed against the likes of Hirokazu Kanazawa, Takayuki Mikami, Katsunori Tsuyama, Hiroshi Shoji, Keinosuke Enoeda, and Tetsuhiko Asai.


Hiroyoshi Okazaki, 8th Dan

Mr. Hiroyoshi Okazaki holds the rank of Hachidan (8th degree black belt).  He has been training for over thirty-four years, having started in the Japan Karate Association headquarters in 1979.  He graduated from the ISKF Instructor Training Program in 1995 and is an official ISKF Certified Instructor, Examiner and Judge.  Mr. Okazaki has also been appointed as a member of the esteemed ISKF Technical Committee.  He participated in Regional, National and World competitions for many years achieving numerous First Place and Best Competitor awards. At the 2012 ISKF International Board of Directors Meeting Mr. Hiroyoshi Okazaki was nominated by Master Yutaka Yaguchi to take his place as Vice-Chairman of the International Shotokan Karate Federation and this nomination was unanimously approved by the International Board of Directors.  Mr. Okazaki is an instructor at ISKF headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, as well as Temple University as well as at his club the Okazaki Karate Academy in Palmyra, New Jersey.  Mr. Okazaki travels extensively nationally as well as internationally to conduct seminars and exams.


James Field, 8th Dan

Born in Sandy Bay, Jamaica, James Field began his karate training in 1964. He trained primarily under Master Yaguchi, Master Nishiyama, and Master Nakayama. A very successful competitor for many years, he captained the US International Karate Team, was many times National Collegiate Champion, two-time National Grand Champion, two-time Pan American Champion, US Representative to the Olympic Games in Mexico and medalist in the 1976 World Tournament. As one of the first four Americans certified as JKA Instructors, Sensei Field has coached at several universities in Southern California, including USC, UCLA, Cal State LA, Cal State San Diego, Cal State Santa Barbara, and Santa Monica College. He opened his own dojo, JKA Santa Monica, in 1972.

Mr. Field, a 8th degree black belt,  is Vice-Chairman of the ISKF Technical Committee, as well as the Director and Chief Instructor of the ISKF US Southwest Region headquartered at his dojo in Santa Monica, CA. He holds a BS degree in Recreation Rehabilitation.


  Robert Sandler, 3rd Dan


  Larry Feinstein, CPA

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