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Kofukan Karate-do

History of Kofukan

History of Kofukan

Kofukan International is the traditional Karate-do organization of the three Masters Tomiyama, Omi & Okubo, all graduates of Doshisha University, Japan. Master Tomiyama is a "Tasshi Shihan, 8th Dan Kansho" Shito-ryu & 6th Dan Goju-ryu, and Senior Instructor, or "Doshisha Old Boy", of the world-renowed Doshisha University Karate-do Club (since 1937).

Already before, around the year 1928, Master Chojun Miyagi and Master Kenwa Mabuni have taught their Karate Jutsu or "To-de" to Doshisha Karate-do students in the Kansai/Kinki area, Kyoto and Osaka. Their style was later named "Goju-ryu", "Mabuni Goju-ryu", "Shito-ryu" and "Tani-ha Shito-ryu", but still consisted of the same content that has been brought from Okinawa.

Note: modern Goju-ryu, modern Shito-ryu and modern Tani-ha Shito-ryu and Shukokai have been changed during the past decades to form their own sects using the above names. We are not referring to them. Today, there are even organizations making business using the above names without having ever met nor trained with one of those teachers, Chojun Miyagi, Kenwa Mabuni or Chojiro Tani.

Still today, Doshisha University Karate-do Club Seniors, who have learnt from these Masters (Chojun Miyagi, Kenwa Mabuni, Chojiro Tani, Hiroshi Fujimoto, Doshisha Oldboys) still teach the original traditional Karate-do of their own teachers, and still demonstrate their Katas and Bunkai at Kofukan International Japan visits.
While modern Karate has been changed dramatically to fit into sports, our Kata and Bunkai still have the content that has been brought from the Ryukyu islands, and has been written down in our teacher's scripts.

Additionally to the traditional Karatedo, Doshisha University Karate-do Club and Kofukan International organization with member countries all around the world (from A like Argentina to Z like Zimbabwe) have successfully winning Male & Female Karateka, Individuals & Team Champions in Kata & Kumite in National Championships, Karate1 Premier League, World Karate Federation Championships and prospective the Olympics.
But Karate for championship vs. traditional Karatedo are not the same.

Kofukan Switzerland, the Swiss branch of the Kofukan International organization of Masters Tomiyama, Omi and Okubo, has been founded around 1987 when Karl Skrabl came to Visp, Switzerland, to train Kofukan Karate-do. Years later, Kofukan Switzerland Dojos were known in Gamsen-Brig in 1992, in Zermatt in late 1993, in Zürich in 1999, and again later in January 2008. Kofukan Dojos in Bern, Brig, Gamsen, Lausanne, Olten, Ostermundigen, Kreuzlingen and Visp did not survive, unfortunately.

Kofukan Karate-Club Zermatt, as a legal corporate, has been established in 1998 by its elected board members and has been celebrating its 20th Anniversary in Zermatt in September 2018. Happy birthday ! Congratulations for the outstanding efforts to for keeping the Karate-do spirit alive.

Kofukan Switzerland Senior Instructors have been training with Master Fujimoto at Doshisha University Karate-do Club in Kyoto, with Soke & Founder Chojiro Tani of Tani-ha Shito-ryu Kempo Karate-do Shukokai, and with Master Hiroshi Fujimoto at the Doshisha University Karate-do Club together with its members in Japan. We're officially graduated and qualified as "Shito-ryu Karate-do Kofukan Black Belts" of Master Tomiyama and "Tani-ha Shito-ryu Karate-do Black Belts" of Master Chojiro Tani, Tani-ha Shito-ryu Kempo Karate-do Shukokai.

We regularly travel to Japan (1999, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2017, 2019) for several continuous weeks to train with our teachers and to keep our personal connections alive to the Shukokai Honbu-Dojo in Kobe and to the Masters of "300 Doshisha Karate-do Old Boys" of the Doshisha University Karate-do Club in Kyoto. For this reason, we also have an intense contact to our Karate-do stiles and their Masters of Naha-te, Goju-ryu, Uechi-ryu, Shito-ryu, Ju-Go-Shizen-ryu and others.