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O'Sensei Tsuruoka
Dojos by Province
The Tsuruoka Karate Organization has existed in many forms over the years. Starting as just Tsuruoka Karate School, the Tsuruoka Karate Federation was founded in 1995 and was renamed the Tsuruoka Karate Organization in 2009.

Tsuruoka Karate is named for it founder O-Sensei Masami Tsuruoka, 10th Dan, and is headed up by Sensei David Tsuruoka, 8th Dan. Sensei David Tsuruoka was Canadian Kata Champion for seven consecutive years up to 1985 and a member of the Ontario Provincial Team for 15 years.

Tsuruoka Karate is not a style of Karate-Do. It is a system with a foundation in Chito-Ryu and Shotokan Karate that also blends in effective techniques from many different
instructors and martial arts.

The goal of the Tsuruoka Karate Organization is to improve communication between well established provincial Tsuruoka organizations across Canada, while at the same time offering a sense of unification for all karate-ka (students). "Learning budo or bushido through camaraderie" is the underlying goal that all members try to achieve. Sport karate also plays a part of our development, but is meant as a recreational break from the everyday rigours of hard training.

We are a very proud and unique organization from the fact that our roots trace directly to the founders of traditional Karate-Do in Japan and Okinawa. Karate was founded in Canada by O-Sensei Masami Tsuruoka in 1957 and he is recognized as the "Father of Canadian Karate".

The Tsuruoka Karate Organization is dedicated to the continuous development of Karate and it's members. For more information about the Tsuruoka Karate Organization please contact us at

O-Sensei passed away October 10, 2014 at the age of 85. O-Sensei was a teacher and mentor both in and out of the dojo. His dedication loyalty and passion affected thousands world wide. He will be remembered in the hearts of many and in the karate legacy he leaves behind.

Mandate of the Tsuruoka Karate Organization

We the members of the TKO, shall endeavour to promote, with guidance, openness and cooperation, the development of Tsuruoka Karate-Do, which embodies the spirit and methodology of its founder,
Masami Tsuruoka
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Movie celebrating the life of Masami Tsuruoka through family interviews and photographs from Tsuruoka Sensei's sixty year archive.
Masami Tsuruoka
Jan 1929 - Oct 2014