"I believe Karate has boundless potential."
When I was a child, I had delicate health and suffered from anemia. I was always subject to bullying. I didn't have any confidence and couldn't even make eye contact with people.
Then, I got involved in karate and started practicing karate seriously. After 10 years, I won the All Japan Karate Tournament Championship, and 5 years later, I became the World Karate Tournament Champion. During that period, I completed the 100-Man Karate Combat Challenge and realized that we all have unlimited potential within us.
Ones ability is developed through continuous effort. Confidence gained by steadfast Karate practice will expand our ability infinitely and enable us meet any challenge in life.
From my 30 years experience as a Karate instructor, I can say that Karate is not necessarily something which you must spend a lot of time or intense training on, rather, it should be something you enjoy. When you enjoy it, you can make it a lifelong pursuit. I strive to provide enjoyable Karate classes to all of you.
Grand Master Kenji Yamaki
Yamaki Karate is the personal martial expression and training system developed by former Karate Champion Kenji Yamaki sensei. Focused on teaching the human body through movements rooted in traditional Karate heritage, Yamaki sensei uses he's unique interpretation and understanding of the Karate tradition to place the practitioners on a journey of perpetual discovery of the limitless potential of the human body and its powers. The art is focused on maximizing power delivery of the practitioner, conventionally limited by physical attributes such as height, weight and muscle mass and/or strength. Yamaki Karate seeks to lead its practitioners to transcend these limitations and continuously expand each individual's martial efficacy through training. In terms of application, with structural power at its core, the art employs simple and direct striking techniques such as punching, kicking...etc. as it's fighting tools.
Martial art career
2002 Resigned from Kyokushinkaikan, Started Yamaki Karate
1995 Completed 100 men Karate combat challenge
1995 6th World Karate Tournament Champion
1994 26th All Japan Karate Tournament Champion
1993 25th All Japan Karate Tournament 7th place winner
1993 10th All Japan Karate Weight Tournament Champion
1992 24th All Japan Karate Tournament 7th place winner
1991 5th World Karate Tournament 5th place winner
1990 22nd All Japan Karate Tournament 8th place winner
1989 21st All Japan Karate Tournament Champion
1988 20th All Japan Karate Tournament 3rd place winner
1987 4th World Karate Tournament Best 32
1986 18th All Japan Karate Tournament 3rd place winner
1980 Joined Kyokushinkaikan
2012 Full-Contact Karate: Advanced Sparring Techniques and
Hard-Core Physical Conditioning (2-DVD Set) Buy On Amazon
1997 "The First of Glorious"
1995 "A Collection of Kyokushin Karate Kenji Yamaki"
1997 "The story of Kenji Yamaki"
1995 "Kenji Yamaki's 100 Men Karate Combat Challenge"
2003 "Onmyoji2" appearing as Ukon Tachibana
2000 "Onmyoji" appearing as Ukon Tachibana
2000 "X Fire" TV commercial for Play Station 2
1995 "Garoden" a picture starring Kenji Yamaki
1989 "The Punisher " co-starring with Dolph Lungren
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