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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
Consult the tables and text below for information regarding class schedule.
Day of week
11:45am - 1:00pm 6:30pm-7:45pm
High School Students and College Undergraduates (15 years old and older)
Students from the same family receive a $5 discount/month/family member.
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.
Dues are due on the first of the month. Payments after the 6th of the month incur a late fee.
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.
ISKF Colorado Denver Dojo
226 S. Broadway St.
Denver, CO 80209
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Andy D'Agostino, Miyuka Kuroha ... senior team kata, 2nd
ISKF World SHOTO CUP
Miyuki Kuroha ..... Senior women's Kata,1st
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 in women's katas (45-54 division), first and second
in men's senior katas (55-64 division), 2nd in men's kumite (55-64 division), third in women's team kata, second in women's team kumite, second
in men's team kumite, third in men's team kata, third in men's adult brown belt kata, second in women's adult kata, and first in women's brown belt kumite. In addition, two ISKF Mountain states members tied for 3rd 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 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 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 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 in Men's Senior Team Kata.