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 7
consecutive years up until 1985 and a memeber 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
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,
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