Shihan Kai Leung

Shihan Kai Leung, Master Instructor of the Shotojuku, is a founding member of the International Shotokai Karate-do Federation. His dojo is the Federation Headquarters.

Shihan started training in the martial arts in 1964, obtained his black belt in 1967, and began formally teaching in the early 70's.

Shihan Leung (r) training at Coney Island in 1975

Shihan's countless accolades over the past four decades include top ten ranking by Karate Illustrated Magazine in 1982 and the all American Open Championships in 1984, which he won at Madison Square Garden.

Shihan Leung at the 1984 All-American Championships

As a former karate tournament champion and widely recognized expert in self defense. Shihan has taught Shotokan karate-do for Master Toyotaro Miyazaki for many years, establishing himself as Master Miyazaki's highest ranking disciple and most well known instructor.

Shihan Leung (r) with top students Steve "Tank" Ganiaris (l) and Gene Dunn (c)
Ganiaris: AAU Heavyweight Champion • Dunn: USAKF Heavyweight Champion

He continues to produce some of the country's most outstanding students, many of whom have gone on to become National and international champions, karate teachers and self defense instructors.

Shihan Leung competing in the early '80s

Shihan Kai Leung training with Sensei Steve Chan

Also recognized as a tournament official and promoter, Shihan has repeatedly been invited to judge events nationwide, including the Ozawa's Traditional Karate International Championships in Las Vegas and the Miyagi Chogun World Karate Championships. He has also officiated at the AAU, USAKF, and USANKF national championships. For his efforts, Shihan Leung was awarded a class " A " referee licensed by the AAU National Karate-do Federation and was the technical chairman of the USA National Karate-do Federation of New York, in addition to many other awards and titles. He is considered one of the most respected judges in the field.

Hojo Undo

Shihan Leung practicing Hojo Undo 
with Nigiri Game

Seipai Kata

Shihan Leung and Lara Diaz 
Seipai kata techniques

Shihan Leung Officiating Big Apple Tournament

Shihan Leung officiating kumite match

His commitment as an instructor has brought him to teach at a number of colleges, including the karate instructor's certificate program at (L.I.U.) Long Island University. He has taught at L.I.U. for more then fifteen years, during which time generation of karate instructors were exposed to his unique gift as a teacher and experience practitioner of martial arts.

Sai Kata 1982

Kankusho Kata 1982

Shihan is well known and recognized as one of the leading experts and scholar of martial art history. He co-authored the text book Karate Martial Art and Sport with Doctor Milorad Stricevic and is featured in the fitness secrets of the martial arts text book Ultimate Warrior Workouts by Martin Rooney. Shihan has helped spread Japanese karate throughout the Americas and has senior students on four continents. Generation of National and International Champions, continue to train at his school, and Shihan has built a strong following through his many years of dedication as a caring teacher and well respected member of the martial arts community.

Shihan Leung Yoko Geri, 1987

Shihan Leung teaching student Aidan Lok a Goju-Ryu style kata, 2013

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