Foothill Shotokan Karate is preparing to host their third annual Karatefest to be held the weekend of October 15-16 at Auburn Regional Park Gym at 3770 Richardson Drive. Foothill Shotokan is affiliated with SKA, Shotokan Karate of America, which was founded in 1956 by Tsutomu Ohshima in Santa Barbara and has now grown to include 18 countries and over 140 dojos. Sensei Ohshima trained in Japan under Master Funakoshi, considered the “father of modern karate”.
Kei Teramoto, fifth degree black belt and trainer for the past 2 year Karatefest weekends will again provide the training for the event. Students of karate are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to learn insights on kata and kumite from one of SKA’s leaders. Kei is executive vice president of SKA, member of the SKA Board of Directors and one of Mr. Ohshima’s original pupils. He began training with Sensei in the 1960s as an elementary student at Maryknoll School of Los Angeles. Kei’s unwavering dedication to karate practice and SKA in particular have helped it grow into an international organization. We are honored to have his leadership for Karatefest 2016.
Previous events have drawn participants from Alta, Carson City, Chico, San Francisco, Tahoe, Redding and the Sacramento region. Alex Guillen, godan from Switzerland, assisted last year with the event.
Karatefest 2016 is open to all SKA members and Kei looks forward to practicing with serious karate students requesting attendance of juniors from SKA dojos. Anyone not currently in SKA is welcome to attend as an observer on Saturday. Please join Kei Teramoto for Karatefest 2016, Oct. 15-16, at Foothill Dojo.