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The next generation leads the FSKA

Nothing ever remains constant.

Everything changes with time.

And so it is in the dojo.

Today that generation of teachers who came up through the ranks and gained prominence in the 1960's, 70's, and 80's are taking a step back from the forefront of not only the dojo, but the organizations that they developed. Many of these organizations have a great many affiliates across the globe, far exceeding I suspect their Founders original dreams, and aspirations. But, with time comes age, and so it is, that today, more often than in the past, we are seeing the torch being passed to the next generation of masters.

Sometimes, as in the case of the Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association, the responsibility for the future passes not to a senior student, or to a replacement selected by headquarters, but to a son. This past year we saw Shihan, now Soke Kenneth Funakoshi, at the age of 82, officially pass that mantle onto the shoulders of his second son, Shihan Kyle Funakoshi. Having known Shihan Kyle since 1999 I am confident that the FSKA will continue to expand and to prosper under his tutelage. I look forward to continuing my relationship with him, and the FSKA for many years to come.

Remember: "When leadership changes so do other things, yet similarity remains."