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Takashi Hasegawa

Shihan Takashi Hasegawa is a 5th-degree black belt with almost 40 years of experience in Kyokushin karate. He has trained in Kyokushin’s Tochinan Branch and Headquarters Tokyo as well as the Burbank Branch in California, USA.

Shihan Hasegawa was born in Urawa, Saitama, Japan. His martial arts training began at the age of nine when he started learning Kendo. After six years of Kendo study, he became very interested in Kyokushin when he saw Kyokushin fighter’s rigorous training methods and their amazing technique. As a result, he began his Kyokushin career, which has lasted until this day.

Shihan Hasegawa also studied Kenpo while attending Wako University in Japan for his Bachelor’s degree in economics. He has earned a black belt only after four years of training. He came to Los Angeles in 1989 and continued his Kyokushin Karate training in the Burbank branch, under the North Los Angeles Branch Chief Shihan Brian Bastien. At the same time, Shihan Hasegawa got his MBA.

In 1994, after 11 years of training, Shihan Hasegawa received his black belt in Kyokushin karate. Later that year, Shihan Hasegawa 3rd placed at the Kyokushin Los Angeles Tournament. The same year he participated in the Kyokushin US Selection Tournament in Chicago.

Shihan Hasegawa now devotes his life to training his students, who have won numerous local and US tournaments and have been contributing to the spread of Kyokushin Karate as the Head Instructor of the West Los Angeles Dojo. In 2011, Kancho Matsui appointed Shihan Hasegawa West LA Kyokushin Karate Branch Chief.

In 2015, Shihan Hasegawa moved to a new dojo right in the heart of Japan Town, on Sawtelle.

In 2019, three of his students were selected for The 12th World Open Karate Tournament as U.S. representatives.

Shihan Takashi Hasegawa
Shihan Takashi Hasegawa Ice-Breaking

KOHTAROH ZUSHI

  • The 12th World Open Karate Tournament representative of the USA in 2019 
  • 2020 US Weight Category Karate Championships Light Weight 3rd Place

Koorosh Evagee

  • The 12th World Open Karate Tournament ​representative of the USA in 2019​

  • 2019 All American Open Karate Championships ​Men Open Weight Kumite 7th Place

Monet Garrett

  • The 12th World Open Karate Tournament​ representative of the USA in 2019
  • 2019 All American Open Karate Championships ​Men Open Weight Kumite 8th Place​
  • 2019 US Weight Category Karate Championships​ Middle Weight 3rd Place ​
  • 2018 All American Open Karate Championships ​Youth Boys 15~17 Heavy Weight 1st Place​
Monet Garret

Naoko Tago

  • 2020 US Weight Category Karate Championships Kata Senior Advanced 1st Place

  • 2019 US Weight Category Karate Championships Kata Senior Advanced 1st Place