Name: Kuniaki Nobukawa
Rank: JKF Official 8th Dan / 9th Dan Shito-Ryu
Title : Hanshi J.K.F & SOUKE of NOBUKAWA-HA SHITORYU
Designation: President & International Principal Instructor- Japan Karate-Do Nobukawa-Ha Shito-Ryu Kai Recognized member of Japan Karate-Do Federation.
In 1960, at the age of 13, Nobukawa Kuniaki, the Souke President of Japan Karate do Nobukawa ha Shito-Ryu 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 Shito-Ryu Seiku kai, which is the descendant of Tani-ha Shito-Ryu Syukou kai (Souke President: Master Tani Chojiro, who had learned Karate do under Master Mabuni Kenwa, the founder of Shito-Ryu style). In 1974, at the age of 27, Nobukawa presided Tani ha Shito-Ryu Seiku kai, Inami Branch.
In the year 1988 at the age of 41, Nobukawa has withdrawn its membership from Tani-Ha Shito-Ryu Seiku Kai for various reasons. At the same time of his withdrawal, Tani ha Shitoryu Seiku kai, Inami Branch was certified by Tani ha Shito-Ryu Syukou kai as direct control branch. Then, Nobukawa renamed his association as Tani ha Shito-Ryu 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 participated in 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 Shito-Ryu 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 Shito-Ryu kai Syuko kai Union (President: Master Yamada Haruyoshi).
We, Renshi kan, belonged to Shito-Ryu 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 Shito-Ryu Syukou kai Union with appreciation for his exceptional skills.
In 2001, we had planned to proclaim us Japan Karate do Nobukawa ha Shito-Ryu Syuko Kai, however, we withdrawn from Shito-Ryu Syuko kai Union in June 2000. We were reformed as Japan Karate-Do Nobukawa ha Shito-Ryu Kai and hereby existing and functioning successfully.
Hanshi Kuniaki Nobukawa is currently holds the Hachi Dan (8th Dan Blackbelt) from Japan Karate-Do Federation and 8th Dan (8th Dan Blackbelt) in Shito-Ryu. Today the organization has grown internationally having its branches in the countries like India, Sri-Lanka, Scotland. He also holds Japan Karate-Do Federation National Kumite and Kata Referee as well qualification in Asian Karate-Do Federation. He also hold the following prestigious designations like Council of Hyogo Prefecture Karate-Do Association, Chairperson of Akashi City Karate do Association, Executive Board Member of Akashi City Amateur Sports Association, Shihan for Karate do Club at Akashi National College of Technology, Shihan for Karate do Club at Kobe Daiichi High School.
Now Japan Karate-Do Nobukawa-Ha Shito-Ryu Kai is also assisted with members of Shihan including Nobukawa Yoshiaki Sensei (WKF Referee) and Nobukawa Takahiro (JKF Official Referee).
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