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Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Herbert joins Editorial Board of The Shotokan Times

The picture shows Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Herbert.

We are delighted to announced that Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Herbert has joined our editorial board. Prof. Herbert is going to be senior editor and will reinforce pro bono Dr. Jeff Christian (senior editor) and Dr. Christian Tribowski (managing director & chief editor).

“This is a great day for the readers of The Shotokan Times and the editorial board. We are very fortunate”, says Dr. Tribowski. Wolfgang Herbert hold a 5th dan and has closely followed the teaching of Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa for decades. An extensive karate CV of Wolfgang Herbert can be found here. Today, he lives and teaches karate in Tokushima, Japan. Here he also serves as professor for comparative cultural studies at the University of Tokushima.

The picture shows Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Herbert on the left and Hirokazu Kanazawa on the right.
Sôke Kanazawa and Wolf Herbert in Bregenz, Austria. Wolf translates the explanations of Hirokazu Kanazawa in 1984.

“His academic and scientific background are invaluable for our readers. Since 1988, Prof. Wolfgang Herbert lives, teaches, and researches in Japan. His deep knowledge about the country and its culture will help the readers of The Shotokan Times to understand what Japan and Shotokan karate are really about”, says Dr Tribowski.

Prof. Herbert´s present fields of specialization are comparative sociology, social deviance, (Zen) Buddhism, Martial Arts and Meditation.

Academic Career of Prof. Wolfgang Herbert

Wolfgang Herbert was born in Bludenz, Austria in 1960. From 1979-83, he studied philosophy and theology at the University of Vienna. After that he moved on to enroll in Japanese studies (major) and studies in comparative religion. In 1988 he received his Mag.phil. (M.A.) with a thesis on: Yakuza. Self-image, subculture and ideology, University of Vienna. Between 1988-90, he worked as a lecturer for the German language in the Kansai region (Kônan University/Kôbe, Osaka University of Economics Osaka, Goethe Institut Osaka) and conducted field work on “illegal” migrant workers, Yakuza and day laborers.

In 1991/92, he became an assistant at the Institute for Japanese Studies at the University of Vienna. He taught courses in extra-European history (labour migration). During that time, he also became a guest lecturer at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg/Germany and enrolled in their Doctoral program on Japanese studies and (criminal) sociology. In 1993, he received his Dr. phil. (Ph.D) with a thesis on: The delinquency of foreigners in Japan as an argument in the discussion concerning foreign ‘illegal’ migrant workers. From 1994 until 2013, he taught at Tokushima University, Free University Berlin, University of Innsbruck, and Sapientia University.

Since 2013, Wolfgang Herbert has been holding the position as Professor for Comparative Cultural Studies at the University in Tokushima. In 2015, he was on leave to become a visiting professor at the University of Vienna Department of East Asian Studies. In 2017, he held a position as visiting professor at Cambridge University.

Publications of Prof. Wolfgang Herbert

Prof. Herbert has extensively published about Japan. Especially, Yakuza and illegal labor migration to the peninsula have been part of his research. Beside that he also published some books about Buddhism and culture of East Asia. A list of his available books can be found in his amazon profile.

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Dr. Jeff Christian joins Editorial Board of The Shotokan Times

The picture shows Jeff Christian, who has become the new senior editor of The Shotokan Times.

We are happy to announce that Dr. Jeff Christian has joined the editorial board of The Shotokan Times. Dr. Christian will reinforce the website team and contribute as senior editor and regular author.

Dr. Christian Tribowski, managing director and chief editor, said about this decision: “I am more than happy that Jeff offered to support us. He brings an unusual mix of traits and enthusiasm to our website that we appreciate. On the one hand, he is an excellent karateka. On the other hand, he has an excellent academic record. That qualifies him perfectly for the position of the senior editor.”

Originally from Texas, USA, Dr. Christian started early with Kyokushin karate and moved later on to Shotokan. Today, he trains up to five times per week in Houston, Texas. In addition, he runs the Instagram channel @JEFFSHOTOKAN that has attracted more than 5,500 followers.

The picture shows Jeff Christian during a Shotokan karate motion called Shuto Uke.

Educated as a philosopher and theologian he serves as a guest lecturer at universities and seminaries, and has taught through the years as an adjunct professor at Abilene Christian University where he supervises graduate students. He regularly conducts ministerial service.

Among his degrees and experience at academic institutions:

  • 2007 Doctor of Ministry, Abilene Christian University, Aristotelian Philosophy and Ethics
  • 2002 Ph.D. work at Texas A&M University, Rhetoric and Hermeneutics
  • 1999 Institute of Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • 1999 Master of Divinity, Abilene Christian University
  • 1994 Bachelor of Arts, Abilene Christian University, Greek

Furthermore, Dr. Christian has written multiple publications in the field of theology and practical ministry.