Kenji Tokitsu was born on August 1st, 1947 in Yamaguchi, Japan.

1958 he began with Kendo. 1962 he entered the High School of Toyora and began in the internal Nogi Karate Dojo with Shito Ryu Karate Do. At the same time he also began with the study of Judo.

1964 he graduated to the 1st Dan in Shito Ryu Karate Do.

1967 he began at the Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo with the study of law and sociology and joined promptly the school-internal Karate Dojo in which Shotokan Ryu of the JKA was taught.

After successful graduation to sociologist he came 1971 to Paris, France, in order to assist master Taiji Kase. Contemporaneously he continued his study in Sorbonne. By master Taiji Kase he graduated to the 3rd Dan in Shotokan Ryu Karate Do.

1974 he leaved the JKA and began together with a small group of students of him with the development of his own Karate Do. In the same year he went back to Japan for one month and practised there Karate Do by master Shozan Kubota, a direct student of master Gichin Funakoshi.

1977 Kenji Tokitsu went again for one month to Japan and graduated by master Shozan Kubota to the 5th Dan in Shotokan Ryu Karate Do. At the same time he met master Guima, a former student of both the masters Itosu and Funakoshi, who taught him the Kata Gojushiho, which was completely different from those of Shotokan Ryu.

1979 the first book of Kenji Tokitsu, The Way of Karate, was published.

1980 Kenji Tokitsu met master Tsuchiya, a master of Karate Do and the history of Karate Do. By him he practised several of the classical Okinawian Kata. In the same year he began by master Yo Meiji for the first time to study Tai Chi Chuan. In the following years he regularly went to Japan and China to study the martial arts Singi Chuan, Bagua Chuan, Xingyl Chuan, Baiji Chuan, Chen Tai Chi, Taiki Ken and Ritsu Zen by masters like Nishino and Matsuda.

1982 he got the doctorate in sociology.

1983 he graduated to the 6th Dan in Shotokan Ryu Karate Do and founded in the same year the Shaolin mon Karate Do school in Paris.

1989 he studied Iai Do and Jujutsu by master Kuroda Kenjutsu in Japan.

In the year 2000 Kenji Tokitsu founded the Karate Do style Jiseido Ryu – The Way of the Development of Your Self by permanently practising the martial art.

Kenji Tokitsu in all these years published many books and publications and received several distinctions.

2003 Kenji Tokitsu got the 9th Dan. He lives in a small village in the Pyrenees where he leads his 2004 opened Jiseido Dojo.

Kenji Tokitsu (1947)

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