Sei Iwasa HANSHI SHIHAN
8th Dan, Shito Ryu Karate
Sei Iwasa was born in Nagasaki, in May 11, 1955. He began practicing karate in 1967 with the late sensei Eiji Ogasahara 10th dan, who was a personal student of Kenwa Mabuni (the legendary founder of Shito Ryu Karate).
He is now the president of the World United Karate Organisation, WUKO&AD and head of the Japan Kenshukai Karate Association (JKKA) and is also the founder of its european arm, Seiken Shudokai Shito Ryu.
Master Iwasa moved to Europe in 1981 and eventually set up Seiken Shudo Kai to spread and promote the style of Shito Ryu Karate-Do. He has been the coach of the Italian Karate team which is now widely regarded as one of the finest in Europe. The athletes trained by him have been winning Continental and World Championships many years.
Today he teaches karate all around Europe and Japan and officiates at WUKO&AD events. He also works together with Master Yasunari Ishimi (Shitokai), 10th dan, resident in Spain for the spread of Shito Ryu Karate-Do.
Sensei Jacob frequently visits Master Iwasa to train with him at his home and throughout Italy where he currently resides.
Kunio Morimoto SHIHAN
Menkyo Kaiden, Shibukawa Ichi Ryu Jujutsu
Menkyo Kaiden, Muso Shinden Eishin Ryu Iai Heiho
Menkyo Kaiden, Oishi Shinkage Ryu Kenjutsu
7th Dan, Jukendo
Kunio Morimoto sensei is a very senior figure in Japanese budo. He is a director of the Nihon Kobudo Shinkokai and a full member of the Nihon Kobudo Kyokai, Japan's two oldest and most prestigious governing bodies for ancient martial arts. He is the official inheritor and representative of Shibukawa Ichi Ryu Jujutsu a style pre-dating the meiji restoration of 1867 and also the inheritor and and representative for Muso Shinden Eishin Ryu Iai Heiho, a school of swordsmanship that is almost 500 years old. Additionally, he holds the highest possible rank of Menkyo Kaiden in Oishi Shinkage Ryu Kenjutsu. Morimoto sensei also holds 7th degree black belt in Jukendo, Japanese bayonet fighting from his time in the Japanese Airforce.
He is the founder and chief instructor of Kanoukan, a Japanese old-style martial art (kobudo) organisation. Morimoto sensei is a passionate Japanese historian and researcher and holds a masters degree in Japanese Budo History.
Derek Ridgway KYOSHI SHIHAN
8th Dan, Shito Ryu Karate (Tani-ha)
7th Dan, Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate (Kobayashi)
6th Dan, Wado Ryu Karate
Sensei Derek Ridgeway is the founder of the now worldwide association Kazoku Kai International. As well as teaching in his Hombu dojo, Sensei Ridgway travels across the globe to teach Karate to an ever growing family of Karate-Ka.
Kazokukai broadly translates to mean 'family' and the feeling experienced by members truly reflects this. The warm and friendly 'Sensei Derek' is himself a living legend with an encyclopedic knowlegde of over 90 well known traditional kata(Shito Ryu, Shorin Ryu & Wado Ryu). A retired Electrical engineer he is a master of Shito Ryu Karate-do having studied for many years under Keiji Tomiyama amongst other masters and more recently the higest graded European in Okinawan Karate(Shorin Ryu), under the tutelage of Okinawan Grandmaster Isamu Arakaki, 10th Dan.
Jikan Dojo is a member of Kazokukai enjoying a healthy relationship with traditional Okinawan and Japanese Karate clubs across Britain. Through participation in association events member clubs all gain tremendously from exposure to traditional styles such as Shito Ryu, Wado Ryu, Shotokan, Ryu Kyu Kubudo(weapons) and Okinawan Shorin Ryu.