XIV Annual SKIF Gasshuku. Hosted by Shotokan Karate Do Center

January 6th, 2017



Happy New Year, hope you and your students are good and doing well.

The Shotokan Karate Do Center and our Seniors Instructors Shadi Barazi and Karayash Daylami are happy to invite you and your students to join us in our XIV Annual Karate Camp on February 18 and 19 of 2017, at the Trotter Family YMCA, 1331 Augusta Drive, Houston, Texas 77057.

This great event provided the highest levels of traditional karate training, friendship, and a wonderful learning experience.

Our guest instructor is Sensei Manabu Murakami, 8th Dan and World Chief Instructor of the Shotokan Karate International Federation (S.K.I.F).  Sensei Murakami is a world renowned instructor known for his great demonstration skills and for his abundant energy.  He reigned as SKIF All Japan kumite champion for the years of 1990, 91, 92, 93, 94, 98, & 99 and as SKIF kata champion for 1989, 90, 92, 93, 94 & 99.

This event is open to all adults, teen and youth karatekas from any traditional style.

For more information don’t hesitate to contact Sensei. Ruben Fung, (832-513-0058) or

We look forward to seeing you and your students soon.


Shotokan Karate Do Center


Rubén Fung

Event Coordinator

SKIF USA Board Member


P.S. In an effort to provide the highest caliber seminar we are restricting attendance to participant 12 year old or older and green belt or higher rank.  *(Any exceptions, such as an 11 year old, brown belt or such, will be evaluated on case per case basis).  * Please contact Sensei Daylami (832)-814-6497 or Sensei Barazi (832)-766-6564.



XIV Annual SKIF Camp

Hosted by the Shotokan Karate Do Center

General Information



 Trotter Family YMCA. 

1331 Augusta Drive, Houston, Texas 77057.


Training Date and Schedule:

 Saturday February 18, 2017 (Gym)                                             

8:30-9:25 AM. Registration and check in (if preregistered)               

9:30 -10:55 AM. Training (All ranks)             

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Resume training (Brown and Black Belt only)

 12:00 – 2:00 PM. Lunch

 2:00 – 2:25 PM. Registration & Check in (if preregistered)

2:30 – 3:55 PM. Training (All ranks)

4:00 – 5:00 PM. Resume training (Brown and Black Belt only)

5:00 – 5:30 PM.  Photos

 8:15 – 11:30 PM. Dinner at Little Napoli (Bayou Place, 540 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002) with Murakami Sensei


Sunday February 19, 2017 (Gym)

 9:00 – 9:25 AM.  Registration an check in (if preregistered)

9:30 – 10:40 AM.  Training (All ranks)

10:45 – 11:35 AM.    Resume training (Black Belt only)

 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM.  Black Belt Test.

3:00 – 4:10 PM.  Training (All ranks)

4:15 – 5:00 PM. Resume training (Black Belt only)

5:00 – 5:30 PM. Black belts Test Results and Photos.


Event Fees:

Kyu ranks (Color belts):                     

1 day (Saturday or Sunday), $65.00

2 days (Saturday and Sunday), $90.00,


Brown belt:                           

1 day (Saturday or Sunday), $75.00

2 days (Saturday and Sunday), $100.00


Black belt         :                      

1 day (Saturday or Sunday), $90.00

2 days (Saturday and Sunday), $130.00


SKIF members Black belt Test: Please make sure all paper work is completed before test time and that you have 3 photos.

 Please make money order or checks payable to “K Daylami”.  Registrations / payments can be mailed to:  K Daylami (1016 Potomac, Houston, Texas 77057).

 For 4-STAR accommodation please consult the internet for any hotels near the Galleria (Zip Code 77056 and 77057) using HOTEL.COM, PRICELINE.COM or HOTWIRE.COM.  Typically you can find room around $100+ or others good deals.

New adults beginner class starting on September 12, 2016. Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 7 pm to 8:15 pm. Special promotion for First Time Participants: Buy 2 Months, Get 1 Month FREE!

August 2nd, 2016

YMCA 2016

XIII Open Annual Training Karate Camp.

February 12th, 2016

Dear Friends and Participants of the XIII Open Annual Training Karate Camp.

I hope you are excited for next weekend’s (Feb 19, 20 and 21, 2016) training with Shuseki Shihan Manabu Murakami and Dr Sensei Clay Morton.

Clay Sensei will work on his favorite Kata Gojushiho Dai and special request for Murakami Shihan to teach Gankaku-Sho.

Here are the schedules:

Friday February 19th

5 – 5:30 PM Check in and registration
5:30 – 6:30 PM All rank youth age 6 to 11 (Kata / Clay Sensei)
6:30 – 7:30 PM All rank 12 plus including Black belts (Kata Enpi / Clay Sensei)
7:30 – 8:00 PM Brown and Black belts only (Kata Enpi continuation / Clay Sensei)

·Saturday February 20th

8:30 – 9:00 AM Check in and registration
9:00 – 10:00 AM Only Black Belts (Kata Gojushiho dai / Clay Sensei)
10:00 – 11:00 AM Only Black Belts (Kata Gankaku – Sho / Murakami Shihan)

Noon – 1:30 PM Check in and registration

1:00 – 2:00 PM All rank youths age 6 – 11
2:15 – 3:45 PM All rank age 12 plus including Black belts
3:45 – 5:00 PM Brown and Black belts continue.

·Sunday February 21th

8:30 – 9:00 AM Check in and registration
9:00 – 10:00 AM Only Brown and Black Belts
10:00 – 11:30 AM All rank age 12 plus including Black belts

11:45 AM – 2:15 PM Dan Test

2:30 – 4:00 PM All rank age 12 plus including Black belts
4:00 – 4:30 PM Brown and Black belts continue
4:30 – 5:00 PM Pictures and awards.

Looking forward to see you all soon.


Shotokan Karate Do Center

P.S. Registration is accepted at the event, please send by email ( your list of participants for certificates.

2016 Annual Gasshuku

January 31st, 2016

2016 Camp Flyer

The Shotokan Karate-Do Center is happy to invite you and your students to join us for our 13th Annual SKIF Training Camp on February 19, 20 and 21, 2016, at the Trotter Family YMCA. This great event promises the highest level of traditional karate training and friendship. Our guest instructors are Shuseki Shihan Manabu Murakami, 7th dan SKIF Chief Instructor and Dr. Clay Morton, 5th dan, World Kata Champion.

For more information, contact Sensei Ruben Fung at (832) 513-0058, or

Mark your calendars. We look forward to training with you soon.


Shotokan Karate Do Center, Houston Texas

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January 30th, 2016

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March 20, 2014

On a rainy weekend in Texas, in what seemed to be but a few degrees balmier than New York, we were warmed by the friendly welcome of the members of the Shotokan Karate-Do Center of Houston. In the spacious facilities of a YMCA, we met diverse people, including a lovely husband and wife team of graphic designers, the former who would earn his shodan that very weekend. The instructors and students who made our acquaintance were incredibly helpful, and responded generously to our inquiries about karate and exploring the city.

The seminar itself, covering roughly five to six hours each day, was divided into two sessions allowing all ranks or brown and black belts (though other color belts were still present). The sessions were a good mix of kihon, kata, kumite, and conditioning drills, while on the second day, a testing period intervened between the two sessions. One couldn’t help but feel respect for those testing, as the schedule for many that day was 2.5 hours for the first session, a fifteen minute break, the test, another fifteen minute break, and then the final session. We observed the examination and fully agreed with the verdicts given for pass or “next time.”

As I’ve already written a document on everything we could remember from the seminar, for now, I’ll just say that much of the kihon was related to the coming test, the kumite had parts from kihon and jyu ippon kumite, and the katas covered were the Heians, Tekkis Shodan and Nidan, Bassai Dai, and Gankaku. The underlying ideas were generally related to center of gravity and center lines: for example, of shifting one’s weight or changing stances without moving away from the center line, or of how breathing should be coordinated with phases of movement and stability in stances. This isn’t to say that other topics weren’t covered, such as hip twist and uraken, but it felt, well, like much of the concepts orbited around moving centers of gravity.

On a final note, we had a nice lunch with members of the Houston dojo and Murakami Sensei at the end of the first day. It was a fine conclusion to that day’s training: Texan burgers, a smiling Murakami Sensei, and the company of new friends. One of the best things we learned at the seminar, too, didn’t even have anything to do with punches or kicks: it was that the seminar happens every year. We’ll definitely be back!

Author Skye Akiyama from New York

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