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Komazawa University reports about Portrait of Miki Suetsugu

The picture shows two students and the emblem/logo of Komazawa University in Tokyo.

We are very happy to announce that Komazawa University in Tokyo, Japan, has reported about our portrait of Miki Suetsugu in our Women of Shotokan series.

The picture shows the announcement at the Komazawa University website.

Miki Suetsugu: Associate Professor at Komazawa University

The short report covers our feature of Miki Suetsugu because she is an associate Professor at the Sports and Health Sciences Department as well as at the General Education and Research Department at Komazawa University. In addition, she also coaches the Karate Club at Komazawa University.

One of her major research projects comprises the involvement of women in karate. It examines the support structures women have or the systems lacks of during their karate life-course.

Being a Komazawa University graduate Miki Suetsugu also was a member of the karate club. Here she gained the power, the skills, and attitude to win the 1st  place in the Kumite, Team Kata, and Team Kumite competition at the 44th National Championship Tournament 2001.

Komazawa University

Komazawa University (駒澤大學, Komazawa Daigaku) is among the oldest institutions of higher learning in Japan. Its establishment took place in 1592. It first served as a seminary for the Sōtō sect, one of the major ZenBuddhist traditions in Japan. Later it was further developed in a full university with several departments. However, its present curriculum and educational approach still applies Zen Buddhist concepts.

Today, is comprises three main campuses in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo. These three campuses are:

  • Komazawa campus
  • Futakotamagawa campus
  • Fukasawa campus

Famous Komazawa University Karate Club

The Karate Club of the university belongs also to the best and strongest in Japan. Famous karate instructors like Oishi Takeshi, Izumiya Seizo, Kobayashi Kunio, Okuie Satomi, and Kurihara Kazuaki attended Komazawa University and the karate club.

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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.