"AIMING PLUS TIMING EQUALS FOCUS"
"A BLACK BELT IS A WHITE BELT WHO NEVER QUIT"
Sensei Hiroyasu Fujishima, 8th DAN (8thDegree Black Belt) is the highest classified black belt in the continental USA within the "Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation, which is the largest Shotokan Association in the world. Sensei was born in Japan in 1941. He began his karate training and career first as a junior high school student in 1956, continuing throughout his university years at Takushoku University. Sensei trained with the leading students of Master Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan, and excelled in all aspects of the art. In addition, Sensei has also studied Judo and Aikido, earning black belts in both.
In 1967, Sensei moved from Japan to California, attending USC to study international trade. All along, Sensei continued to train and excel in Shotokan Karate. In 1969 Sensei joined CSUN, as an instructor in the Kinesiology Department where he continues to teach to this day!
Also in 1969, Sensei founded the CSUN Karate Club and his own private karate school, California Karate Association. In total, Sensei has had over 61 years of continuous personal training in the art of Shotokan Karate-Do and has been teaching this art for nearly fifty years!
How a practitioner can increase his or her understanding of the spiritual aspects of the art?
"By applying the Dojo Kun to life outside the dojo: Seek perfection of character, be faithful, endeavor, respect others, refrain from violent behavior."
What can karate training offer to the individual?
"Karate training can offer great personal satisfaction. In the dojo, one forgets about troubles."
What are your views on kata bunkai?
"It's extremely important because without bunkai, there is no kata. To me, kata is the dictionary of Karate. Kata makes Karate."
"Training in Shotokan Karate-Do with Sensei Fujishima has added to my life and provided a pathway to good health, good friends, great exercise, and keeps me energetic and confident at 70+ years! Highly recommended!
Training Since 1978
"Sensei Fujishima is an authentic Japanese martial arts instructor of the highest caliber. The benefits to training here cannot be understated, I lost 20 pounds, attained higher mental focus and made new friends."
Training Since 2010
"Consistent training is just a template towards self-discovery in karate. This is the most valuable lesson I have learned in 17 years of training with Sensei Fujishima. He’s more than my instructor, he’s truly my mentor."
Training Since 2005
Is there anything lacking in the way Martial Arts are taught today?
I think perhaps there's a lack of respect for tradition and an attitude that demands instant gratification rather than working for results.
What are the most important points in your teaching methods today?
"The foundation of what I teach stems from rigorous and consistent training in kihon."