Shito-ryu Shukokai Union2019-01-15T08:57:59+00:00

Welcome to our family, CHILE!

We would like to give an official big welcome to sensei Helmuth Oyarzun (5th Dan) and to his team from CHILE for joining the Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai Karatedo World Union!

Click here to visit the official website of the Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai Union in Chile

One year without Yamada sensei

Tomorrow Monday the 7th of January 2019, it will be one year without Yamada Haruyoshi sensei. We will always remember his teachings, his great contribution to Karate Do and the great legacy he has left to his students.

May he Rest In Peace.

Below is a “memorial” video as presented during the memorial dinner in Amagasaki, Hyogo, Japan, on March 2018:

Upcoming events in 2019:

March 2019:

Location: NAGASAKI prefectural Gymnasium Nagasaki Sports Finder.
From NAGASAKI J.R. Station
20minutes by Tram (Nagasaki J.R. Station to Oohashi Tram station to the direction of Akasako – one ticket is ¥120JPY)
from Oohashi tram station to the Gymnasium – 789m on foot.

March 14(thu) 09h00-13h00 (reserved) Grading 09h30-11h00 Training 11h15-13h00
March 15(fri) 09h00-17h00 (reserved) Training 10h00-12h00 & 13h30-16h00
March 16(sat)13h00-17h00 (reserved) Training 13h30-16h30
March 17(sun) 09h00-17h00 (reserved) Training 10h00-12h00 & 13h30-16h30

Sightseeing in Nagasaki for several days .

March 24(sun ) Yamadaha Shitoryu Shukokai Gishinkan CUP at Baycom Gymnasium in Amagasaki



November 2018:

2/3/4/5 November – Seminars with sensei Tsutomu KAMOHARA (9th Dan, Japan) in Tivoli, ITALY
10/11 November – “Yamada Cup” tournament and seminars with sensei Denis Casey (8th Dan, UK) and sensei Tony Grainger (7th Dan, UK) in Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA 
14-18 November – Seminars with sensei Tsutomu KAMOHARA (9th Dan, Japan) in Chania and in Heraklion of Crete, GREECE 
19-26 November – Seminars with sensei Tsutomu KAMOHARA (9th Dan, Japan) in Munich, Guben, Rostock and Berlin, GERMANY

December 2018:
28 November – 5 December – Seminars with sensei Tsutomu KAMOHARA (9th Dan, Japan) in Chartres, FRANCE
6 December – 10 December – Seminars with sensei Tsutomu KAMOHARA (9th Dan, Japan) in Viseu, PORTUGAL

Sensei Luis PEREIRA (5th Dan, Portugal) receives RENSHI and JUN SHIHAN titles from Kamohara sensei

During the seminars in Portugal in December, Kamohara sensei awarded sensei Pereira with the titles of Renshi and Jun Shihan, in recognition to his efforts in spreading and developing Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai Karatedo in his country.


Meeting with the Ambassador of JAPAN in Athens, Greece, Mr SHIMIZU Yasuhiro

On Wednesday the 14th of November, our union’s President KAMOHARA Tsutomu sensei (9th Dan, Japan), along with Dr. Pascal LE REST (5th Dan, France) and our General Secretary Dimitrios PETRAKIS (5th Dan, Greece) visited the Japanese Embassy in Athens, Greece.

It was a really great honour for us to be welcomed by the Ambassador of Japan himself, Mr SHIMIZU Yasuhiro!

We presented the Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai Karatedo World Union to the Ambassador, along with a list of past and future events from all over the world and we explained to him our efforts to promote not only traditional Japanese Karate and Budo, but also Japanese culture in general, both in Greece, as well as in all over the world.

We also discussed the possibility of a mutual cooperation in the future, between the Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai Karatedo Union and the Embassy of Japan in Greece.

We would like to thank very much the Ambassador Mr SHIMIZU Yasuhiro, as well as Mrs SHINTANI Chiori from the Embassy of Japan in Greece and Mr SUWAMOTO Konstantinos from the Embassy of Greece in Tokyo!


Dan Gradings and new ranks in Italy, Greece & Germany!

Big success for many of our members!

Quite a few”updates” in our world union’s hierarchy! Congratulations to the successful candidates that passed their dan gradings! Our hierarchy page (including only 4th Dans and over) has been updated:

But more specifically, congratulations to:

– Anna HOURDAKI (Greece) for passing her 7th Dan! As Kamohara sensei himself said, “it is very rare for a woman to hold a 7th Dan in martial arts in general!”. Congratulations!

– Alberto SALVATORI (Italy), our national representative in Italy, for receiving the SHIHAN and the KYOSHI titles from Kamohara sensei!

– Dimitrios PETRAKIS (Greece), our General Secretary, for passing his 5th Dan

– Nikolaos PITSITAKIS (Greece), for passing his 5th Dan

– Stergios TSAKALAKIS (Greece), for passing his 5th Dan

– Tom STRAPHEL (Germany), our national representative and President in Germany, for passing his 5th Dan

– Irini Karaiskaki (Greece) for passing her 4th Dan

– Arne BUCHIN (Germany), Vice-President in Germany, for passing his 3rd Dan

– Despina Papavasileiou (Greece) for passing her 2nd Dan

– Georgios Milakis (Greece) for passing his 2nd Dan

– Dimitrios KALAITZIS (Greece) for passing his 2nd Dan

– Georgia PAPASIFAKI (Greece) for passing her 2nd Dan

– Panayiotis KOCI (Greece) for passing his 2nd Dan

– Marlene Schlaak (Germany) for passing her 1st Dan

– Christos STAMATAKIS (Greece) for passing his 1st Dan

– Adamantia PIKRAKI (Greece) for passing her 1st Dan

– Eleni XILOURI (Greece) for passing her 1st Dan

– Dimitrios KOTOUPAS (Greece) for passing his 1st Dan

– Erieta VASILAKI (Greece) for passing her 1st Dan

– Danai VASILAKI (Greece) for passing her 1st Dan

– Georgios VORIZANOS (Greece) for passing his 1st Dan

Congratulations to everyone!

Photos from the Dan Gradings both in Greece and in Germany:



Welcome to the Shukokai family!
The German Shukokai Union becomes richer again by one member.
Tom Straphel, President of the German Union, traveled to Tegernsee (Bavaria) on September 25th, 2018 to welcome the new members Emmanuel Schwende (1st dan) and Christopher Runge (1st dan).
Both are directors of their professional school which is called “Versus – Athletics & Martial Arts” ( In addition to Shukokai Karate they teach other martial arts such as Brazilian Ji Jitsu, MMA and Kickboxing as well as various disciplines of athletics.
Emmanuel and Christopher have some experience from another association and are happy to have rejoined Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai.
We welcome you with your school in our Union and we are looking forward to a good friendship and a good cooperation!


A report from our events in Japan

A complete report from our events in Japan last March, from the view of the Greek team. Click on the banner below!


Seminars in Ribnitz – Damgarten, Germany (20-22 April 2018)

A report from the seminars in Ribnitz – Damgarten in Germany, organized by Shito-ryu Shukokai Union Deutschland!

“Healing By Karate”

Utilising the limb movements and breathing techniques of Karate-do
by soke Yamada Haruyoshi, 10th Dan

Healing by Karate book - By Yamada Haruyoshi

This book by Yamada soke will be for sale soon. We will keep you updated for information very soon!


Shito-ryu Shukokai Union is the official world governing body for Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai Karatedo. Our headquarters are based in Amagasaki, Hyogo, Japan.



Shito-ryu Shukokai Union is a traditional Japanese Karate organisation.
Founded by o-sensei Chojiro Tani after WWII, the World SSU is lead
by soke Yamada Haruyoshi, 10th Dan



We are all over the world!
Shito-ryu Shukokai Union has
17 fully committed country members!

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