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International Shotokan Karate Federation-Alaska Region

Winter Camp 2020

January 17-19, 2020

Birchwood Camp, Chugiak, Alaska

Thank-you everyone for making

Kangeiko 2020 a success!

Congratulations to everyone who tested

Summer Camp 2016

ISKF Alaska hosted Sensei James Field, 8th Dan at the 2016 Alaska Summer Camp event at Birchwood Camp in August.

ISKF Alaska hosted Sensei James Field, 8th Dan at the 2015 Alaska Summer Camp event in August 7-9th.

2014 ISKF US National & Collegiate Championships 

ISKF Alaska would like to say congratulations and thank you to all of the participants, volunteers and all of the other supporters who helped make our 2014 ISKF US National & Collegiate Championship tournament such a wonderful and successful event!

September 5th - 7th, 2014

Anchorage Sheraton Hotel

2013 Regional News



The largest annual fair in Alaska is the Alaska State Fair, which is held in Palmer, Alaska. The ISKF Alaska region sent a youth demonstration team to perform at the fair to promote ISKF Alaska and to introduce the public to the three main elements of Shotokan karate, kihon, kata and kumite. 

  ISKF Alaska 2013 Demo Team  

Left to Right: Taylor Gephart, Trapper Gephart, Sensei Tony Nakazawa, Mitchell Marquez, Gavin Star, Lance Young

The ISKF Alaska 2013 Demo Team performs at the Alaska State Fair


The ISKF Alaska Region recently held another successful Alaska Summer Karate Camp at Birchwood Camp (located in Chugiak, Alaska) on August 8th - 11th. Our guest instructor was Sensei Cathy Cline, a very experienced and talented 8th Dan who has been visiting our Alaska Summer camp since the 1980s. Over the four days of summer camp, Sensei Cline and the other instructors in our region led valuable (and tough!) training sessions and shared with us their philosophy in the art of karate-do. 

General training session with Sensei Cline ISKF Alaska members pose with Sensei Cline and Mr. Jim Grady at the close of camp

Dan examinations were held on the last day of camp, and were administered by Sensei Cline. Congratulations to the following individuals on their successful examinations:


  • Jacquie Goss, UAF

  • Myrna Peter, Bethel

  • Max Tavoliero, Daigaku

  • Morella Gongob, Juneau


  • George Haynes, Daigaku

JUNE 2013

We would like to give a very big congratulations to Sensei Catherine Margolin, who recently passed her 7th Dan exam at the 2013 Master Camp in Green Lane, PA. Ms. Margolin was a direct student of Sensei Yaguchi for many years, and we are very lucky that we have had someone as talented as her join our region and become a member of our karate family.

Another special congratulations goes out to Sensei Mike Tavoliero, who was awarded his Class C instructor and examiner's certification ranking at this year's Master Camp.

Sensei Nakazawa (far left), Sensei Margolin (center), Sensei Tavoliero (5th from the right), and others from the ISKF Alaska region pose after a special training

MAY 2013

Sensei Susan Jones recently visited the Gambell Island dojo to teach a seminar and conduct a rank test. There was a very nice size group that participated, and Mrs. Jones was treated to the wonderful hospitality of the community of Gambell. The Nome Nugget featured an article in their newspaper about her visit; the link to that article is below:

APRIL 2013

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the kyu and Dan exams that were held in Juneau and Anchorage on April 19th & 20th! Everyone showed great spirit and, even more importantly, proper etiquette for Sensei Larry Loreth, who came all the way from Winnipeg, Canada to administer the exams. Sensei Loreth also held two training seminars on April 21st that were very well attended. Those who participated in the exams and the seminars on Sunday all trained hard and represented ISKF Alaska with strong spirit.

A very special congratulations also goes out to the following individuals, all of whom passed their Dan exams:


  • Dana Gay, Eagle Rivser

  • James Schilling, UAF

  • Elroy Ainsley, Spenard Rec Center

  • Eric Kelly, Barrow (Illisagvik College)


  • Martie Krohn, Homer

  • Geoff Tomms, Spenard Rec Center


  • Thomas Blackley, Spenard Rec Center

The Winter 2013 ISKF Spotlight is still available for download. This issue comes highly recommended by respected members of ISKF, and includes an article about the Master Camp experience and a wonderful piece by Shihan Okazaki regarding our role in society as martial artists.

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