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.