Sensei Kanazawa held many classes and had many important students, including Sensei Michael Randall and Eddie Whitcher. Kanazawa soon decided to return home to Japan, so he left these 2 senior instructors to form an association for him known as E.S.K.A (English Shotokan Karate Association), in 1979. He made them the 2 chief instructors of the association.

At the beginning there were other instructors helping to form the association: Michael Nursey, Roger Hall, Harry Jones (died 1990), John Van Weenen (formed own association TASK), Mick Billman (formed own association and President of EKF) and Greg Durant (formed own association).

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