Soke Chojiro Tani 10th Dan Hanshi
Chojiro Tani Sensei, founder of "The Shukokai" (1921 – 1998)
(谷 長治郎 Tani Chōjirō)
The Shukokai school of karate was founded by Tani Sensei. He began his study of karate at junior high school practicing Goju Ryu and continued his training at the Doshisha University in Kyoto where he studied under Chojun MIYAGI, the great karate Master (who was the founder of Goju Ryu and who had trained under Higaonna Sensei). Later when Sensei Miyagi returned to Okinawa, Tani Sensei trained under Kenwa Mabuni.
After the Second World War Tani Sensei started to teach Karate in an open air car park in the centre of Kobe. His group (Shukokai) soon grew and one year later he built his own Dojo attached to his house.
In 1946 Tani Sensei was presented with the scroll of succession from Mabuni Sensei and was given permission to start up his own school, Tani-Ha Shito-Ryu.
Master Tani passed away on Sunday 11th January 1998.
Soke Haruyoshi Yamada 10th Dan Hanshi
Haruyoshi Yamada Sensei, founder and former President Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate-do Union - 10th Dan Hanshi (1938-2018)
(山田治義, Yamada Haruyoshi)
Born 1938 in Akita prefecture, Master Yamada began his martial arts study in Judo before becoming involved in Karate. In 1956 he became a disciple of Master Tani and was one of Master Tani‘s top ranking pupils.
Master Yamada inherited the Presidency upon the passing away of Master Tani, and is also the Chief Executive of Gishinkan, a Shukokai drill hall based in Amagasaki City, with approximately 10,000 followers nation-wide; mainly in the Kyoto/Kobe/Osaka districts. Master Yamada runs a renowned bone setting clinic.
Yamada Sensei would go on to attain 10th Dan Hanshi before his untimely passing on
7th January 2018.
- 8th Dan Hanshi Japan Karate-do Federation
- Supreme Judge Japan Karate-do Federation
- President West Japan Workers Karate-do Federation
- Game Director, Japan Society for Physical Culture
- Japanese Olympic Committee representative for Inagawa
Tsutomu Kamohara 9th Dan Hanshi
Tsutomu Kamohara Sensei, President & Chief Instructor Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate-do World Union (9th Dan)
(蒲原勉, Kamohara Tsutomu)
Born 1950 in Saga prefecture, Mr. Kamohara began training in Karate in his early days at Osaka University of Economics. In his fourth year at the college he was made Osaka University Shukokai Kumite Team Captain. The team comprised some very famous Shukokai stylists including Yoshinao Nanbu and Ryozo Tsukada.
In the early 1970's, Mr. Kamohara travelled to England as a member of the Japanese team for Karate competition against England. Shortly afterwards Mr. Kamohara returned to Europe, and was based at the European Shukokai Headquarters in Brussels. Mr. Kamohara later moved to France further promoting Shukokai, and is now based in Chartres.
After the passing of Master Tani Sensei, Yamada Sensei was voted to be the head of The Shukokai and the name of the organisation was changed to the Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate-do Union.
In 1999 Kamohara Sensei was instrumental in forming the Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate-do Union (Europe) and became its figure head from that time onwards.
Recently, after the passing of Soke Yamada in 2018, Kamohara Sensei has been promoted to President of the Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate-do World Union (2019) and is now based solely in Japan.