In 1967, Shihan (Chief Instructor) Mike Foster was leading Yoshukai America as a director in Tampa, Florida. He traveled to Montreal, Canada and demonstrated Karate at the "International Karate Championship". It was the first Actual Karate demonstration overseas.

    In 1968, Kazunori Kawakita, the vice president of Yoshukai, visited the United States. Under William Dometrich, the director of Chito-ryu Karate America, he conducted training around the state of Kentucky for one year and three months.

    In 1969, Grandmaster sent Shihan Hiroyuki Koda to the United States to spread Karate and train seniors. During this visit, Koda decided to stay and devote his life to making his Karate career in the United States.

    Mike Foster, the director of Yoshukai America, experienced discord with Hiroyuki Koda, the vice director, in opinion of administrative affairs and view of the principle of Yoshukai Karate. In 1976, Mike Foster stepped down from the directorship and Koda took the post.

"Just as it is the clear mirror that reflects without distortion, or the quiet valley that echoes a sound, so must one who would study Karate- do There is no place in contemporary Karate-do for different schools. Some instructors, I know, claim to have invented new and unusual kata, and so they arrogate to themselves the right to be called Founders of "schools". Indeed, I have heard myself and my colleagues referred to as the Shoto-kan school, but I strongly object to this attempt at classification. My belief is that all these "schools" should be amalgamated into one so that Karate-do may pursue an orderly and useful progress into manís future."

- Gichin Funakoshi -

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