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Kofukan Karate-do

About Us

About us

Kofukan International is the traditional Karate-do organization of Masters Tomiyama, Omi and Okubo. Master Tomiyama is a "Tasshi Shihan, 8th Dan Kansho" Shito-ryu & 6th Dan Goju-ryu, graduate of Doshisha University, Japan, and Senior Instructor or "Doshisha Old Boy" of the world-renowed Doshisha University Karate-do Club (since 1937).
Before that, already around the 1920ies, Master Chojun Miyagi and Master Kenwa Mabuni have taught "Naha-te" (of Master Higaonna, Okinawa) to the Doshisha Karate-do Students and later "Goju-ryu", "Mabuni Goju-ryu", "Shito-ryu" and "Tani-ha Shito-ryu".
Today, Doshisha University Karate-do Club Seniors who have learnt from the Masters above after 1920, the teachers of Master Tomiyama and Master Tomiyama himself still teach the original, traditional Karate-do of their teachers that has not been modernized, simplified and standardized for modern Sports Karate, K1, WKF and Olympic Championships.
Additionally to this, Doshisha University Karate-do Club and Kofukan International organization with member countries all around the world (from A like Argentina to Z like Zimbabwe) currently have successfully winning Male & Female Individuals & Teams Champions in Kata & Kumite in Karate1 Premier League, World Karate Federation Championships and prospective Olympic Championships.

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 Switzerland to train Kofukan Karate-do. Karl Skrabl trained in Visp and later, Kofukan Switzerland Dojos were established in Gamsen-Brig in 1992, in Zermatt in late 1993, and in Zürich in January 2008. Kofukan Dojos in Bern, Brig, Olten, Visp, Lausanne and Kreuzlingen did not survive, unfortunately.

Kofukan Karate-Club Zermatt has been established in 1998 by its board members and is 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 and with Soke & Founder Chojiro Tani of Tani-ha Shito-ryu Kempo Karate-do Shukokai in Japan and London. So, 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.