Kancho Masaya Kohama is a 9th Degree Black Belt. He has studied under Master T. Tsushima for 40 years. Master Tsushima was a famous Japan Karate Association member and a student of Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate. Therefore Kancho is a first-generation student to have studied under a master that received instructions from the founder of Shotokan Karate.
Kancho Kohama founded the International Shotokan Shobukan Karate Association of Japan (ISSKA,) a non-political organization that strives to keep the integrity and goals of Sensei Funakoshi that were passed down to Master Tsushima, which includes following the principles set forth by the Dojo Kun.
Kancho Masaya travels to all the continents, promoting traditional Karate-Do, coordinating tournaments, and offering world-class karate seminars and Dan’s certifications.
Seleny Joanne (SJ) Karate is a proud member of the ISKKA.