Mikami Sensei

The founder , Chief Instructor and the chairman of JKA American Federation, Takayuki Mikami, is Japanese native who is 9th Dan (degree) black belt JKA Master. He is the highest JKA ranked master in the United States, and he holds the position of JKA Senior Technical Advisor, which is the second highest technical position after JKA World Federation Chief Instructor. He is the first-ever graduate of the JKA Instructor Training Program, created by Master Gichin Funakoshi and Master Masatoshi Nakayama. After becoming All Japan Kumite and Kata champion and grand champion over several years, he began concentrating on instruction overseas. He eventually formed the All South Karate Federation in 1965 in New Orleans, LA, where many people who were attracted by his Karate skills and personality trained hard everyday. In 2008, he formed the JKA American Federation, affiliated with the JKA World Federation, in order to better serve his members and to connect more closely and directly with the JKA World Federation.

Mikami Sensei's Personal History

 1933 Born in Niigata, Japan
 1953 1st Dan, JKA (K. Itoe, Instructor)
 1955 Team Captain, Hosei University, Tokyo
 1956 Started training in the first JKA Instructor's course under M. Nakayama
 1957 Graduated from JKA Instructor's Training course and became JKA certified instructor

 1957-1958 Sent by JKA as Instructor to Far Eastern University, Manilla, Phillipines
 1958-1959 All Japan Kumite Champion
 1959-1960 All Japan Kata Champion
 1959 All Japan Grand Champion

 1963 Comes to United States
 1965 Forms the All South Karate Federation (US Southern Region, JKA) in New Orleans
 1984 Recieves 8th Dan, JKA
 1984-1990 WUKO Referee Control Committee

 1986-1995 Chairman, US National Federation Technical Progress Committe
 1988 Instructor, Master's Kata Clinic, PUKO (New Orleans)
 1989 US National Federation,(NGF) Man of the Year

 1989-1996 JKA Technical Instructor Committe (Shihan - Kai)
 1990 Black Belt Magazine Instructor of the Year in American Karate
 1991-1995 WKF Technical Committe
 1993 Instructor, Master's Kata Clinic, World Cup (WKF), Algeria
 1994 Instructor, Master's Kata Clinic, PUKO (Miami)
 1995 September, Resigns From WKF and USAKF Technical Committe