ISKF
Colorado

Traditional Shotokan Karate in Denver

The Denver dojo offers:

  • Training in traditional Shotokan Karate with a world-famous sensei and several highly-qualified instructors
  • Physical Fitness
  • Self-defense
  • A friendly environment, open to all ages and levels of ability

Latest news

See news and tournament/exam results for more.

  • ISKF Mountain States and ISKF Colorado perform well at ISKF Nationals.
  • Kuroha wins ISKF Triple Crown.

Sensei Yaguchi

Yutaka Yaguchi is Vice Chief Instructor and Chairman of Technical Committee of the International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF) and 9th dan (9th degree black belt). Also, he is Chief Instructor and Chairman, ISKF Mountain States Region.He travels extensively, teaching karate in many countries.

He was born in Hiroshima, Japan, in 1932 and began karate training in 1952. He later tested under masters Gichin Funakoshi for his 1st dan black belt and Masatoshi Nakayama for his 2nd through 8th dan black belts.

As one of the members in the 3rd class of graduates enrolled in the Japan Karate Association (JKA) Instructors' Training Program (1959); he has played an important role in the growth of JKA karate and the internationalization of Shotokan karate.

Sensei Yaguchi first arrived in the United States on June 5, 1965, and continues to reside in the US to the present day. In 1974, he founded ISKF of Colorado, the regional headquarters for the Mountain States Region.

Instructors

Gordon McDaniel
Gordon began practicing martial arts in 1962. He joined Sensei Yaguchi's dojo in 1977. He is a three-time US seniors kata champion and a graduate of the ISKF instructor training program. He is a 7th degree black belt. He is also an "A" judge.
Dale Weyant
Dale is a 6th degree blackbelt, a graduate of the ISKF Instructor Training Program,a rank B judge, and the Chief Instructor of Karate Colorado, a club for kids ages 6-13. He started training with Sensei Yaguchi in 1980 and credits karate with providing him with physical, mental, spiritual and social benefits, leadership skills and a better understanding of the world.
Tatsuun ("Li") Ryu
Li holds the ranks of godan (5th degree black belt) and B rank judge. He is a one-time ISKF national kumite (sparring) champion and has won awards in several tournaments. He is also a graduate of the ISKF Instructor Training Program.
Leonard Higdon
Leonard is a 6th degree Black Belt. He is a B rank judge, and an instructor trainee as well as a Mountain States team member
Miyuki Kuroha
Miyuki is a 4th degree black belt and a C rank judge. She is also an instructor trainee. She started karate in 1997. She is a four-time ISKF US senior kata champion, a one-time ISKF US kumite champion, and a one-time ISKF World senior kata champion.
John Serini
John began his karate training in 1975. After retiring from a career as a Denver-based attorney, John resumed his training in 2006 with Sensei Yaguchi whom he continues to train with. John holds the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black belt) and is currently enrolled in the ISKF Instructor Training Program. John has won awards in several tournaments.
Andrew Morrell
Andrew Morrell is a 4th dan (4th degree black belt).

In addition, the dojo also often hosts highly-qualified guest instructors, allowing students to benefit from a variety of techniques and perspectives.

Schedule

Consult the tables and text below for information regarding class schedule.

Day of week Time
Sunday No classes
Monday 6:30pm-7:45pm
Tuesday 11:45am - 1:00pm
6:30pm-7:45pm
Wednesday 11:45am-1:00pm
Thursday 11:45am-1pm
6:30pm-7:45pm
Friday No classes
Saturday 10:00am-11:15am

Fees

Age Fee
Adults $85/month
High School Students
and College Undergraduates
(15 years old and older)
$65/month
Children(14 years old or less) should join Karate Colorado. $50/month

Family Discounts

Students from the same family receive a $5 discount/month/family member.

Visiting Students

Students from other ISKF Mountain States dojos may train in the dojo for $10/day.

Students from other ISKF dojos outside the Mountain States region may train in the dojo for $15/day.

Late Fees

Dues are due on the first of the month. Payments after the 6th of the month incur a late fee.

Exclusions

The above fees are for training in the dojo only. They do not include ISKF annual dues, fees for competing in tournaments, testing fees,summer camp, kangeiko or equipment such as gis, gloves or mouthpieces.

Location

ISKF Colorado Denver Dojo 226 S. Broadway St. Denver, CO 80209 303-733-8326 Email

2014 Event calendar

Check the calendar below for upcoming ISKF Colorado events.

Click here to download a printable Team Training Schedule for 2014.

Event Date(s) Place Fee
January
Dojo opens for new year January 4, 10:00 a.m. ISKF Colorado dojo  
Kangeiko January 20-25 ISKF Colorado dojo $35
February
Instructor Training February 22, 2014, 8-10 am ISKF Colorado dojo $20
March
Kyu (color belt) exam March 1, 2014, 9am ISKF Colorado dojo $25/testee + dues must be up-to-date
Master Training (3rd dan+) March 1, 2014, 11am-1pm ISKF Colorado dojo Ask
Mountain States Spring Tournament and dan(black belt)
Saturday, March 8, 2014 Lone Tree Recreation Center, 10429 Ridgegate Circle, Lone Tree, CO 80124 Tournament cost is $30 for one event(kata or kumite) and $35 for both; team kata $35. Dan exam and registration fees vary with rank.
Instructor Training Saturday, March 29, 2014, 8-10am ISKF Colorado dojo $20
April
Canceled--Team Training* (instructor: Khalili) Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:30-9:00pm ISKF Colorado dojo
May
Team Training(instructor: Tarrant) Saturday, May 3 2014, 8:30-10am ISKF Colorado dojo
Team Training(instructor: Khalili) Friday, May 9 2014, 7:30-9:00 pm ISKF Colorado dojo  
Instructor Training Saturday, May 10 2014, 8-10am ISKF Colorado dojo  
Master Training(3rd dan+) Saturday, May 10, 2014, 11am-1pm ISKF Colorado dojo Ask
Team Training (instructor: Tarrant)) Saturday, May 17, 2014, 8:30-10am ISKF Colorado dojo  
Team Training (instructor: Khalili)) Friday, May 23, 2014, 7:30-9pm ISKF Colorado dojo  
Team Training (instructor: Tarrant) Saturday, May 31, 2014, 8:30-10am ISKF Colorado dojo  
June
Master Camp June 6-13, 2014 Camp Green Lane, PA  
Team Training Sunday, June 8, 2014, 3:30-5pm ISKF Colorado Dojo  
Team Training (instructor: Tarrant) Saturday, June 14, 2014, 8:30-10am ISKF Colorado Dojo  
Team Training Cancelled Friday, June 20, 2014, 7:30-9am ISKF Colorado Dojo  
Team Training Sunday, June 22, 2014, 3:30-5pm (New time!) ISKF Colorado Dojo  
Team Training (instructor: Tarrant) Saturday, June 28, 2014, 8:30-10am ISKF Colorado Dojo  
July
Team Training (instructor: Khalili) Friday, July 11, 2014, 7:30-9pm ISKF Colorado Dojo  
Team Training (instructor: Tarrant) Saturday, July 19, 2014, 8:30-10am ISKF Colorado Dojo  
Team Training (instructor: Ryu) Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:30-10apm ISKF Colorado Dojo  
Mountain States Summer Camp July 31 to August 3, 2014 University of Northern Colorado, Greeley Fees are based on days and night stayed, activities attended, tests taken etc. Click here for relevant downloadable documents
August
Mountain States Summer Camp July 31 to August 3, 2014 University of Northern Colorado, Greeley Fees are based on days and night stayed, activities attended, tests taken etc. Click here for relevant downloadable documents
Team Training (instructor: Tarrant) Saturday, August 9, 2014, 8:30-10am ISKF Colorado Dojo tbd
Pan American Karate Championships August 14-17, 2014 Nuevo Vallarta Riviera Nayarit, Mexico  
Team Training (instructor: Tarrant) Saturday, August 16, 2014, 8:30-10am ISKF Colorado Dojo free for those who qualify
Instructor Training Saturday, August 23 2014, 8-10am ISKF Colorado dojo $20
Team Training (instructor: Ryu) Saturday, August 23, 2014, 8:30-10am ISKF Colorado Dojo free to those who qualify
Master Training(3rd dan+) Saturday, August 23, 2014, 11am-1pm ISKF Colorado dojo Ask
Team Training (instructor: Khalili) Friday, August 29, 2014, 7:30m-9pm ISKF Colorado dojo free for those who qualify
September
US Nationals September 6-7, 2014 Anchorage, AK tbd
Instructor Training Saturday, Sept 13, 2014, 8-10am ISKF Colorado dojo $20
Master Training(3rd dan+) Saturday, Sept 13, 2014, 11am-1pm ISKF Colorado dojo Ask
October
Instructor Training Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8-10am ISKF Colorado dojo $20
Master Training(3rd dan+) Saturday, October 11, 2014, 11am-1pm ISKF Colorado dojo Ask
November
Instructor Training Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8-10am ISKF Colorado dojo $20
Master Training(3rd dan+) Saturday, November 15, 2014, 11am-1pm ISKF Colorado dojo Ask
Thanksgiving, dojo closed Thursday, November 27 - Sunday, November 30 2014 - -
December
Instructor Training Saturday, December 20 2014, 8-10am ISKF Colorado dojo $20
Master Training(3rd dan+) Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11am-1pm ISKF Colorado dojo Ask
*Only those who expect to participate in the U.S. Nationals or Pan-American championship may participate in team training.

Results

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  • Exams

    2014

    Judge Exams
    None yet
    Kyu/Dan Exams
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    Name Belt Date
    Leonard Higdon6th danMarch 1, 2014
    Greg Francis2b KyuMarch 1, 2014
    Victor Francis2nd KyuMarch 1, 2014
    Joan Hernandez3rd KyuMarch 1, 2014
    Shari Holder4th KyuMarch 1, 2014
    Sean Oishi-Holder4th KyuMarch 1, 2014
    David Smith6th Kyu BMarch 1, 2014
    Christian De La Oliva7th KyuMarch 1, 2014
    Connor McMaster2b KyuMarch 6, 2014
    Jack Helfrich2b KyuMarch 6, 2014
    Esmerelda De La Oliva8th KyuMarch 6, 2014
    Lance Astrella7th DanMarch 6, 2014
    Andrew Morrell4th DanMarch 8, 2014
    Jessica Watson3rd DanMarch 8, 2014
    Jesus Ochoa8th kyuJuly 2014
    Andy D'Agostino 5th dan Sept 6, 2014
    Victor Francis2nd kyuOctober 28, 2014
    Greg Francis2b kyuOctober 28, 2014
    Shari Holder3b kyuOctober 28, 2014
    Sean Holder3b kyuOctober 28, 2014
    David Smith5b kyuOctober 28, 2014
    Jesus Ochoa7th kyuOctober 28, 2014

    2013

    Judge Exams

    November 15-17, 2013

    Cincinnati, OH

    • Leonard Higdon.....Class B Judge
    • Tatsuun Ryu......Class B Judge
    Kyu/Dan Exams
    • Jason Struve, 4th Dan (4th degree black belt)
    • John Serini, 3rd Dan (3rd degree black belt)
  • Tournaments

    2014

    Colorado Karate Classic

    November 8, 2014, Niwot, Colorado

    Name category awards
    Rachel Ryu, Maida Elezovic, Jessica Luginbuhl Adult Women Team Kata, 2nd place, Team Kumite 1st place
    Maida Elezovic Adult Women Kata, 2nd place, Kumite 1st place
    Jessica Luginbuhl Adult Women Kumite 2nd place
    Seth Merrill Adult Men Kumite 3rd place, Kata 1st place
    US Nationals

    Sept 6-7, 2014

    ISKF Colorado
    Name category awards
    Miyuki Kuroha Senior Women's 45-54 black belt (seniors) Kata, 1st place
    Andy D'Agostino Senior Men, 55-64 black belt (seniors) Kata, 2nd place, Kumite 2nd place
    Rachel Ryu, Maida Elezovic Adult Women Team Kata, 3rd place, Team Kumite 2nd place
    Jason Struve, Seth Merrill Adult Men Team Kumite 3rd place
    ISKF Mountain States
    Name category awards
    Jason Struve, Seth Merrill Adult Men Team Kumite 3rd place
    Jeff Heermans Men's Senior Kata (55-64) 1st place
    Andy D'Agostino Men's Senior Kata (55-64) 2nd place
    Miyuki Kuroha Women's Kata (45-54) 1st place
    Suzi Wong Women's Kata (45-54) 3rd place
    Brian Davis, Diego Uliberri, Israel Herrera Men's Team Kata 2nd place
    Rachel Ryu, Maida Elezovic, Jessica Luginbuhl Women's Team Kata 3rd place
    Jason Struve, Seth Merrill, Diego Ulibarri Men's Team Kumite 3rd place
    Rachel Ryu, Maida Elezovic, Jessica Luginbuhl Women's Team Kumite 2nd place
    Nick Geyer Adult Men's Brown Belt Kata 3rd place
    Kelly Banta Adult Women's Brown Belt Kata 2nd place
    Eric Mascoe Adult Men's Brown Belt Kumite 3rd place (tie)
    Nick Geyer Adult Men's Brown Belt Kata 3rd place (tie)
    Kelly Banta Adult Women's Brown Belt Kata 1st place

    List of ISKF Mountain States Competitors

    • Jeffery Heermans
    • Brian Davis
    • Andy D'Agostino
    • Miyuki Kuroha
    • Jason Struve
    • Suzi Wong
    • Rachel Ryu
    • Toru Ishii
    • Seth Merrill
    • Maida Elezovic
    • Diego Ulibarri
    • Maelo Maldonado
    • Israel Herrera
    • Jessica Luginbuhl
    • Kelly Banta
    • Eric Mascoe
    • Nicholas Geyer
    Pan American Karate Championships

    August 16-17, 2014

    Name category awards
    Miyuki Kuroha Women's 45+ black belt (seniors) Kata, 1st place
    Master Nakayama Memorial Tournament

    August 2, 2014

    Name category awards
    Connor McMaster Male & Female, Brown belt 14-15 Kata, 1st place
    Rachel Ryu Female, Black Belt, 18-44 Kata 2nd place, Kumite 2nd place
    Maida Elizovic Female, Black Belt, 18-44 Kata, 3rd place
    Seth Merrill Male, Black Belt, 18-44 Kata, 3rd place, Kumite 1st place, Men's MVP
    Andrew Morrell Male, Black Belt, 18-44 Kata, 4th place
    Miyuki Kuroha Female, Black Belt, 45+ Kata, 1st place
    Suzi Wong Female, Black Belt, 45+ Kata, 2nd place
    Wa No Kizuna Invitational Karate Tournament
    Name category awards
    Seth Merrill Men's black belt Kata, 1st place, Kumite 3rd
    Mountain States Spring Tournament

    March 8, 2014

    Lone Tree, CO

    • Sheri Holder -- 1st place, Kata, 1st place Kumite, White-Purple Belts, 18+, male & female
    • David Smith -- 3rd place, Kata, 2nd place Kumite, White-Purple Belts, 18+, male & female
    • Jason Struve -- 1st place Kata, 3rd place Kumite, Black Belt, 18-44, male
    • Seth Merrill -- 1st place Kumite, Black Belt, 18-44, Black Belt, male
    • Miyuki Kuroha -- 1st place Kata, 1st place Kumite, 45-54, Black Belt, female
    • John Serini -- 2nd place Kata, 2nd place Kumite, 55-84, Black Belt, male
    • Hy Drexler -- 3rd place Kata, 3rd place Kumite, 55-84, Black Belt, male

    2013

    US NATIONALS

    November 15-17, 2013

    Cincinnati, OH

    • Tatsuun Ryu, Jason Struve.....Adult Men's Team Kumite,3rd place.
    • Miyuki Kuroha.....Senior women's Kata,1st place.
    COLORADO KARATE CLASSIC

    October 20, 2013

    Niwot, CO

    • Miyuki Kuroha......35 Years old &up women's Kata,1st place. Kumite, 2nd place.
    COLORADO SPRINGS TOURNAMENT

    October 5, 2013

    Colorado Springs, CO

    • Victor Francis ... Brown Belts boys and girls 10-13 years, Kata, 1st place
    • Jacob Brennan ....Green & Purple Belts boys and girls 9 years, Kata, 1st place, Kumite, 1st place
    MASTER NAKAYAMA MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT

    August 3, 2013

    Greeley, CO

    • Jason Struve......Adult Men's Black Belt Kata 1st place, Kumite 2nd place
    • Miyuki Kuroha.....Adult women's Black Belt Kata, 1st place
    MASTER CAMP INTERNATIONAL GOODWILL TOURNAMENT

    June 14, 2013

    Camp Green Lane, PA

    • Miyuki Kuroha.....Adult women's Black Belt Kumite, 3rd place
    Wa No Kizuna Invitational Karate Tournament

    April 20, 2013

    Edgewater, CO

    • Miyuki Kuroha....36 years and up women's Kata, 1st place, Kumite, 1st place
    • Jason Struve ...?
    Adidas Shiai Cup

    April 13. 2013

    Phoenix, AZ

    • Miyuki Kuroha....... Adult women's Black Belt Kata, 1st place Kumite, 2nd place.
    OZAWA CUP

    March 30, 2013

    Las Vegas, NV

    • Miyuki Kuroha
      • 18-34 years old Women's Black Belt Kata, 1st place
      • 35-45 years old Women's Black Belt Kata, 2nd place
      • 46 years and up Women's Black Belt Kata 1st place, Kumite, 2nd place
      • Most outstanding female competitor
    MOUNTAIN STATES SPRING TOURNAMENT

    March 9, 2013

    Lone Tree, CO

    • Sean Oishi-Holder......Male & Female, Yellow & Orange, 8-12 Kata, 1st place, Kumite, 3rd place
    • David Smith......Male & Female, White,Yellow & Orange 18 and over Kata, 1st place, Kumite, 1st place
    • Yukiki Kikuchi.....Female, 18-44 Black Belt Kata, 1st place, Kumite, 2nd place
    • Jason Struve....Men, 18-44, Black Belt Kata, 2nd place, Kumite, 2nd place
    • Andrew Morrell.....Men, 18-44, Black Belt Kata, 3rd place
    • Miyuki Kuroha.....Female, 45-54, Black Belt Kata, 1st place, Kumite, 1st place
    • John Serini.....Men, 55-64 Black Belt Kata, 1st place, Kumite, 1st place
    • Hy Drexler....Men, 55-64 Black Belt Kumite, 3rd place
    FRIENDSHIP CUP

    February 9, 2013

    Golden, CO

    • Miyuki Kuroha......45 years and up Black Belt women's Kata, 1st place, Kumite, 1st place

    2012

    US Nationals

    October 5-7

    Scottsdale, AZ

    • Andy D'Agostino ... Senior men's Kumite, 3rd place
    • Miyuki Kuroha ... senior women's kata, 1st place. Kumite, 3rd place
    • Andy D'Agostino, Miyuka Kuroha ... senior team kata, 2nd place
    ISKF World SHOTO CUP

    November 8-11

    Cebu, Philippines

    • Miyuki Kuroha ..... Senior women's Kata,1st place

News

ISKF Colorado, ISKF Mountain States Perform Well at Nationals

Both ISKF Colorado and ISKF Mountain States performed very well at the 2014 ISKF Nationals.

ISKF Mountain States members, including many ISKF Colorado members, took first and third place in women's katas (45-54 division), first and second place in men's senior katas (55-64 division), 2nd place in men's kumite (55-64 division), third place in women's team kata, second place in women's team kumite, second place in men's team kumite, third place in men's team kata, third place in men's adult brown belt kata, second place in women's adult kata, and first place in women's brown belt kumite. In addition, two ISKF Mountain states members tied for 3rd place in the men's brown belt kumite.

For a complete listing of awards and participants in the U.S. Nationals competition, see the Exams and Tournaments results page. To view videos of the tournament, click here.

Kuroha Takes Triple Crown with Win in Pan-American Senior Katas

Miyuki Kuroha, a native of Ibaraki Japan and 4th Dan student of Sensei Yutaka Yaguchi at the ISKF Colorado Dojo located on South Broadway in Denver, won 1st place in Kata in the Women's Black Belt 45 years and up category ( Senior division ), at the Pan-American Karate Championships in Mexico on Sunday, August 17,2014.

The victory was especially significant as it came after similar victories in kata in the ISKF U.S. Nationals and World Tournament ( known as the Shoto Cup). According to Sensei Yaguchi, the three events are the most important ISKF tournaments, and Kuroha, who represented the USA, may have been the first person ever to win the Triple Crown and take first place in all three events.

The win came only three weeks after Kuroha fully from health problems that prevented her from training for many months.

The victory in Mexico was a very close thing. In the final round, Kuroha competed against Amy Okazaki, also of the USA, who performed the kata, Chinte while Kuroha performed Niju Shi Ho. The performances were judged a tie. “I was surprised," said Kuroha."Amy did her kata very well. I thought she had won.”

In the second round, Kuroha performed Bassai Sho while Okazaki performed Jion. This time, Kuroha felt confident that she would win. She received a score of 21.9, which was enough for the win.

Asked whether she favored any particular strategy, Kuroha said only “I believe in myself.”

Behind Kuroha and Okazaki, third place winners were Marcia Ransom of the USA and Dawn Rivard of Canada.

Jeff Hermans, an ISKF Mountain States member from Vail, was part of the team that took 1st place in Men's Senior Team Kata.

ISKF Colorado Denver Dojo 226 S. Broadway St. Denver, CO 80209 303-733-8326   Email
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