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Keigo Shimizu joins Advisory Board of The Shotokan Times

The Shotokan Times is happy to announce that Sensei Keigo Shimizu, 5th Dan, has joined its Advisory Board.

Practicing Shotokan Karate since 1987, Keigo was educated at the Dokkyo University. Here, he received his Masters degree in economics and was Captain of the Karate Club. For many years, he was a student of Sensei Tatsuya Naka and Sempai of Sensei Koichiro Okuma.

Since 2014 he is Chief Instructor of  Dojo Yamato in Düsseldorf, Germany. He is also a regular guest instructor at national and international seminars.

Picture: Dokkyo University Karate Club in 2017

Picture: Sensei Okuma at Dojo Yamato in Düsseldorf, Germany

Although he lives in Germany since 1999, he still maintains strong ties to Japan and the JKA. In Germany, he has mainly been trained and educated by Shihan Hideo Ochi. His style of Karate is coined by the very dynamic but also straight forward JKA school. The center of his teaching is the most efficient and fast transmission of power over long distances. Like Naka Sensei, he also emphasizes the whiplash effect, that is created by a refined hip-rotation.

Picture: Gyaku-Zuki by Keigo Shimizu

“I am very proud to join the Advisory Board of The Shotokan Times. The platform has proven that it constantly produces unique and educative content about traditional Shotokan. It fosters exchange and discourse among international Shotokanka. I am happy to support and advise the management and the editor with my experience and knowledge” says Keigo Shimizu. Beside his role as member of the advisory board, he will also create own content for the platform in the near future.

Picture: Keigo Shimizu together with Koichiro Okuma and Tatsuya Naka 

“I am very honored that Keigo is going to advise The Shotokan Times. He has lived in Germany for 20 years now and still has strong connections to Japan and fosters the tradition of the JKA. Thus, he is an excellent bridge builder who helps us to understand Japan and the Japanese way of Shotokan better. He is also always informed about the latest developments in Japan.  The Shotokan Times and the global Shotokan community will benefit immensely from his invaluable advice”, says Dr. Christian Tribowski, Managing Director and Chief Editor of The Shotokan Times.

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Thomas Prediger joins Advisory Board

The Shotokan Times is happy to announce that Sensei Thomas Prediger, 5th Dan, has joined its Advisory Board.

Practicing Shotokan Karate since 1981, Thomas has been making a remarkable carrier as a competitor and trainer. For many years, he was member of the German national Kumite team. Among his many victories is the win of the Shotokan World-Cup.

The picture shows Thomas Prediger during Kumite.
Thomas Prediger during Kumite

Since 1990 he has been teaching Karate to children, youth, and adult classes. Between 1990 and 2015 he was head coach of the Karate association of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. In this position he was also consultant for competitive sports and trainer education. His students won several titles on the national and international level.

Today, he is manager and head coach at the Sportcenter Taisho in Siegburg, Germany. Every Sunday, he holds an open Kumite training session in Düsseldorf, Germany, called: Kumite Boot Camp.

“I am very happy to join the Advisory Board of The Shotokan Times. The platform offers plenty opportunities for exchange and discourse among Shotokan Karateka on a global scale. I see a bright future for The Shotokan Times. An high quality online media was overdue in Shotokan Karate”, says Thomas Prediger. He will also become chair of the Advisory Board. In the near future, the board will be extended with further experts in the field of Shotokan Karate.

“It makes me very proud to have Thomas Prediger onboard. His almost 40 years of experience in Karate have gained him incredible insights into the field of Shotokan. Above all, The Shotokan Times and the international Shotokan community will benefit immensely from his invaluable advice”, says Dr. Christian Tribowski, Managing Director and Chief Editor of The Shotokan Times.

Beside his task as an advisor to the management of The Shotokan Times, Thomas will also contribute a regularly column called “Kumite Boot Camp with Thomas Prediger” to The Shotokan Times.