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History of President Nobukawa and History of Japan Karate do Nobukawa ha Shitoryu kai
In 1960, at the age of 13, Nobukawa Kuniaki, the Souke President of Japan Karate do Nobukawa ha Shitoryu kai, started learning the basic of Karate do from the neighbor young man, who was attending the Karate do lessons.
In 1963, at the age of 16, Nobukawa officially became a disciple of Tani ha Shitoryu Seiku kai, which is the descendant of Tani ha Shitoryu Syukou kai (Souke President: Master Tani Chojiro, who had learned Karate do under Master Mabunikenwa,the founder of Shitoryu kai). In 1974, at the age of 27, Nobukawa presided Tani ha Shitoryu Seiku kai, Inami Branch.
However, in 1988, at the age of 41, Nobukawa withdrawn membership from various reasons. At the same time of his withdrawal, Tani ha Shitoryu Seiku kai, Inami Branch was certified by Tani ha Shitoryu Syukou kai as direct control branch. Then, Nobukawa renamed his association as Tani ha Shitoryu kai Syukou kai “Renshi kan”, which implies “develop one’s skill with ambition”.
Later, the number of Branch Dojo and pupils in Renshi kan has increased. Renshi kan produces a lot of famous players: some of them become representative for National Sports Festival and All Japan Championship and others participate World Championship.
For 5 years starting from 1993, Nobukawa learned Karate do under the Master Hayashi Teruo, who is the world famous Souke of Japan Karatedo Hayashi ha Shitoryu kai.
In January of 1998, great teacher Tani Chojiro Souke passed away. Syuko kai was divided into two groups: Tani ha Karate do Syuko kai (2nd Souke Master Tani Chojiro-real name:Hiroshi, son of 1st Souke Tani Chojiro) and Shitoryu kai Syuko kai Union (President: Master Yamada Haruyoshi).
We, Renshi kan, belonged to Shitoryu Syuko kai Union which was approved by the resolution in Ex-Syuko kai general assembly. We were the central in newly-born Syuko kai Union. From the beginning of Shuko kai Union, Nobukawa served the union as vice executive president.
In November of 2000, Nobukawa was qualified as 8th Dan Hanshi by Shitoryu Syukou kai Union with appreciation for his exceptional skills.
In 2001, we had planed to proclaim us Japan Karate do Nobukawa ha Shitoryu Syuko kai, however, we withdrawn from Shitoryu Syuko kai Union in June 2000. We were reformed as Japan Karate do Nobukawa ha Shitoryu kai and has been hitherto existing.
We strive for spread and development of Karate do. We establish international branches as well as domestic branches in Japan. We welcome persons/ groups who is interested in our association, please contact us via E-mail.
・Soke 9th Dan hanshi Japan Karate do Nobukawa ha Shitoryu kai
・8th Dan hanshi certified by Japan Karate do Federation
・Special appointment level Judges in Japan Karate do Federation
・National Judges for Kumite and Kata certified by Japan Karate do Federation
・Master Coach certified by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
・Council of Hyogo Prefecture Karate do Federation
・Chairperson of Akashi City Karate do Federation
・Shihan for Karate do Club at Akashi National College of Technology
・Shihan for Karate do Club at Kobe Daiichi High School (Private School)
Organization and Structure
We aim to develop the community and youth though our activity based on the Headquarters' Dojo located in Inami-cho, Kako-gun, Hyogo. We are the member of the following official organizations.
Our accosiation is runned by board of directors, including Souke President. All instructors are qualified as official instructor by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology/ Japan Amateur Sports Association.
・Japan Karatedo Federation
・Hyogo Prefecture Karatedo Federation
・Akashi-city Karatedo Federation
・Kobe-city Karatedo Federation
An international officer
・Sri Lanka Branch chief Priyanta Gunasekara
・India Branch chief Naresh Sharma
・Scotland Branch chief Lindsay Smith
・England Branch chief Kevin Barlow
・Nepal Branch chief Kushal Shrestha
・Philippines Branch chief Bernard Alvarina