Shokei Matsui, The President of the International Karate Organization (ICO) Kyokushinkai, was born on January 15, 1963 in Tokyo. He began to study kyokushinkai in the middle school enchanted by the skills of Masutatsu Oyama, the founder of this style. Due to inherent characteristics, unwavering strength, endeavor and perseverance in goal achieving Matsui wins at various championships and competitions. Throughout his sport career, he has participated in 56 tournaments and won 50 of them. Shekey Matsui is two-times champion of Japan (won the 17th and 18th Japan Championships), the world champion (the 4th World Championship), he is also the most titled athlete who set new record score in the history of the style. In addition, in 1986, Matsui has successfully passed the hardest kyokushinkai test – “Hyakunin kumite” test (“The battle with a hundred of opponents in turn”).
In 1994, according to the will of Oyama, Matsui became his successor and chaired the school. In 1996, he proclaimed the principle of “open doors”, thereby providing everybody an opportunity to participate in professional fights: professionals, amateurs, representatives of different styles.
Currently, he travels around the world, deals with the technical training, brings up the followers, is the President of the International Karate Organization (ICO) Kyokushinkai in parallel, and succeeds to do a lot for the development and prosperity of this sport. I.e. he has saturated and very busy lifestyle. (Achievements in karate)
Shihan Yuzo Goda
Executive Senior Advisor & International Committee Chairman
Born on March 17, 1940, Shihan Yuzo Goda, Chief Advisor for the IKO Kyokushinkaikan, has been involved in Kyokushin since his late teens. Setting his sights on karate training after graduating high school in April 1959, Shihan Goda became one of the first disciples of Sosai Mastatsu Oyama at the Oyama Dojo in Ikebukuro - the original Kyokushin school and precursor to the IKO Kyokushinkaikan Honbu today.
Shihan Goda was entrusted by Sosai Oyama as Sohonbu-Shihandai (Headquarters Head Instructor) and was assigned to head the Joto Branch in Tokyo in 1976. Sosai Oyama appointed Shihan Goda as the head of the Japanese Branch Chief Committee in 1985 and Shihan Goda has additionally contributed to the development of the Kyokushinkaikan as Branch Chief, Chief Judge and Referee Chairman for the International Karate Organization Tournament Circuit.
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