"Getting to know myself, getting to know my limitation,
getting to know my weakness AND improve them -
This is why I practice Martial Arts."

 

by Shin Koyamada

At age 16, Koyamada began to study Keishinkan Karate in Okayama Prefecture, Japan on every weekend and traveled annually to Nagano Prefecture to compete nationally with Karate practitioners from around the world and eventually earned him Shodan (first degree) black belt by age 18.

After relocating to the United States in June 2000, Koyamada began training in Northern Shaolin Kung Fu with the Harmonious Fist Chinese Athletic Association in Los Angeles, CA. Koyamada practiced 5 hours a day, 6 days a week for two year straight without a break. During the intensive daily training, Koyamada competed in six U.S National Martial Arts Competitions in Northern Shaolin over five months and won first place in all but one. Koyamada specialized in the empty hand form #8 Bot Bo (拔步) and a double broadsword among other 18 Chinese classical weapons in Northern Shaolin Kung Fu. Koyamada was featured on a cover of Black Belt Magazine in 2004.

In 2005, Koyamada took a black belt test and earned san-dan (third degree) black belt in traditional Keishinkan Karate back in his hometown Okayama Prefecture, Japan. In the same year, Koyamada began training in Tae Kwon Do inside CBS Studios in Studio City, CA for which he eventually earned the second degree black belt after two years of training. At the World Martial Arts Masters, co-hosted by then-President of CBS Studios and then-President of Warner Bros. Entertainment held in Studio City, CA, he was awarded as the Next Rising Martial Arts Star.

In 2007, Koyamada began a Korean Royal Court Martial Arts, which focuses on hundreds of pressure points and joint manipulation techniques, in San Francisco and was certified as a first degree black belt in 2008.

In 2009, he was invited to "Martial Arts Tour", one of the largest Italian martial arts festivals, to perform Iaido (Japanese swordsmanship) before thousands of Italian martial arts fans who gathered from all over Italy. The event was broadcasted nationally by national Italian television networks and covered by tens of other Italian media.

In 2010, he founded the charity event “United States Martial Arts Festival (USMAF)" hosted by KIF (Koyamada International Foundation) in Redondo Beach, CA, with funds raised going to a KIF's martial arts scholarship program to help youth train in private martial arts schools. At USMAF, each group of world renowned martial arts masters and their students gave performances on stage before over a thousand of martial arts fans and supporters to represent their schools, martial arts styles and countries.

In 2017, Koyamada was appointed as Karate Ambassador for 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics by Japan Karate Federation (JKF), a national governing body of Karate in Japan, to promote Japanese Karate globally. After his appointment, Karate was officially selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the additional Olympics Games for the first time ever in its history. Today, there are approx. 100 million Karate practitioners around the world and 191 country members to World Karate Federation (WKF).