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Message From Shin Koyamada


When I was a kid, I dreamed of coming to the United States and achieving my goals. My father’s habit of watching international movies, especially American movies gave me an opportunity to start envisioning different cultures, communities, traditions, and people.

I grew up in a country where I was fortunate to be given a chance to live near the beauty of nature and among wild animals. I was raised by my parents in this environment and with the Japanese tradition such as integrity, moral, courtesy, respect, and pride in Japan.

Living in this environment, I began to understand the importance of respecting and living in harmony with Mother Nature and having peace within myself.

With my very limited knowledge and understanding of the world at the time, I took my chance to explore and learn in the United States. I believe that everyone needs a chance to do something that he/she wants to achieve in life.

There is a traditional form of meditation called ‘Kyudo’ in Japan. I have developed a saying related to that art: “An arrow released reflects the current state of your mind.” If your mind is clouded, the arrow will not go straight to pierce the target. Once you know that your goal is true, release yourself to pierce the target.

I believe that through this organization, we can help people discover their targets to be pierced, how to aim their arrows within the proper state of mind and give them the confidence to release it.

I hope that each of our programs under KIF can help achieve and find the true purpose of our lives and build self-esteem, self-discovery, self-discipline, and peace for a better future.

                                              Truly Yours,

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Shin was born on March 10th, 1982 in Okayama Prefecture, Japan. Shin graduated from Okayama Ichinomiya High School, which is acknowledged as a UNESCO Associated School and Super Science School in Japan.

In 2000, he moved to the Hollywood alone to pursue his dream. Shin is an actor known for bringing more than physical action skills to the set. He brings the same determination and focused ethic that he used to train and hone his martial arts and athletic skills to every aspect of his acting performance, all while staying good natured, friendly, and a pleasure to work with. He became best known to audiences after his co-starring roles in the Warner Bros. blockbuster Tom Cruise film “The Last Samurai” as Nobutada, with a worldwide box office of $456 million. Shin also starred in the Disney Channel hit feature movie “Wendy Wu Homecoming Warrior” (TV) as Shen, which had over 5.7 million viewers at its premiere, making Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior the fifth highest viewed DCOM in the U.S. and also broke records in the United Kingdom, Europe and Japan making Disney Channel the highest rated kids channel in Europe and Japan.

In his youth, Shin was a champion athlete, track & field and captain of the gymnastics team. He has trained and disciplined his body, mind, and spirit from childhood to the present day with many skilled teachers to become an elite martial artist. He now holds Third Degree Black Belt in Karate and competed in National Championships in Japan, Second Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, First Degree Black Belt in Kung Jung Mu Sul and U.S. National Championship Gold Medals in Shaolin Kung Fu, including traditional Chinese 18 classical weapons. Other martial arts systems and styles he has trained include: Kyudo, Kend, Iaido, Yabusama and Aikido. A finely trained athlete, he learns new physical skills quickly and easily and relishes doing his own stunts and action.

Koyamada’s American independent entertainment company, Shinca Entertainment, produced the American movie “Good Soil”, a television talk show “The Nia Lyte Show, a popular American comic book “The Dreamhoppers”, music album “Movin’ On” and established an American online video streaming site ‘Spirit Show Network’.

Koyamada also founded the Koyamada International Foundation (KIF), a U.S. charitable organization dedicated to help children succeed in martial arts programs and educate youth and children to achieve their goals and dreams. SKF also organizes the United States Martial Arts Festival in Los Angeles. In 2011, SKF raised relief funds over US$100,000 for the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. It also sent 20 feet shipping containers filled with basic necessities. Koyamada serves as an International Goodwill Ambassador for his hometown, Okayama Prefectural Government and Kyoto City Government as well as a Special Ambassador of the Japan-America Society of Southern California. In March 2012, he toured five cities in Japan with the Embassy of the U.S. Tokyo to inspire Japanese students to study in the United States and experience American culture. Koyamada also established the KIF, Japan in Tokyo in 2011 that has partnered up with the American Embassy Tokyo, the Consulate-General. Japanese schools, nonprofit organizations and local governments to tour major cities to inspire youth to study English, go abroad to American Universities and Colleges and promote the US-America Alliance in September, 2012.

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