A little background on Shihan Keiji Tomiyama and his lineage :
Karate Master Shihan Keiji Tomiyama 8th Dan Shito-Ryu 6th Dan Goju Ryu.
Sensei is a student of Doshisha University. He started karate training informally at 17 with his cousin but his serious training started when he entered Doshisha University Karate Club in 1968. There were several instructors and coaches but the chief instructor was Master Tani (founder of Shukokai Karate, which is Tani-ha Shito-ryu ).
Doshisha University Karate Club was first established as a Goju-ryu club with Master Chojun Miyagi as its instructor.
(Master Chojun Miyagi is the founder of today's Goju-Ryu karate-do; he was responsible for taking Naha-te and formulating it into a system).
On Master Chojun Miyagi returning to Okinawa Island, he suggested they continue learning from his fellow master, namely Kenwa Mabuni, the founder of Shito-ryu ( Mabuni studied both Master Itosu’s Shuri-te and Master Higaonna's Naha-te.)
When Master Kenwa Mabuni took over as instructor of Doshisha University, he only taught Naha-te (Goju ) at the club so the club remained a Goju-ryu club. One of his best students was Chōjirō Tani. After many years of training under Mabuni and becoming one of his most senior students, Tani received the certificate of succession from him, enabling him to use the name Tani-ha Shitoryu.
Master Tomiyama joined Doshisha University karate club in 1968 with Master Tani as senior instructor of the University. Those who practised during this period actually learnt Tani-ha Shito-ryu as well as Goju-ryu.
Master Tomiyama also studied with Masters Fujimoto,
Yamashita and Uehara, all of them graduates of the Doshisha university karate club and direct students of Master Kenwa
Master Fujimoto, who was two years junior to Master Tani and was the chief instructor of the university club for many years, had also learnt Uechi-ryu and Jugo-Shizen-ryu from Master Seijiro Sakihama.
So, although Master Tomiyama’s karate is mainly Tani-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai, he has learnt Goju-ryu (of Kenwa Mabuni) through Masters Fujimoto, Yamashita and Uehara, and Uechi-ryu and Jugo-Shizen-ryu through Master Fujimoto.
Master Tomiyama travels the world giving seminars sharing his vast knowledge and experience.
He aims to achieve as high a level as possible according to Japanese Budo principles and then to help others to follow suit. Through his training he wants to cultivate skilled, knowledgeable and well-rounded people who are respectable members of society.
With his vast knowledge and ability he is still striving to maximise technical efficiency with applications so what he teaches works!!! .
These are general guidelines we follow :
General aims of the association
- Cultivate good personality and strong character
- Preserve correct techniques and katas
- Promote friendship among members
- Respect the values of the traditional katas
- Unified study of kata and kumite
- Scientific approach in analysing techniques
- Do not make any unnecessary movements (but use full range of movement).
- Do not use any unnecessary force (but enough force).
- Use the whole body to perform techniques.
- Start the next movement from the present position.
The Budo Charter (Budo Kensho)
Budo, the Japanese martial ways, have their origins in the age-old martial spirit of
Japan. Through centuries of historical and social change, these forms of traditional
culture evolved from combat techniques (Jutsu) into ways of self-development (Do).
Seeking the perfect unity of mind and technique, Budo has been refined and
cultivated into ways of physical training and spiritual development. The study of Budo
encourages courteous behaviour, advances technical proficiency, strengthens the
body, and perfects the mind. Modern Japanese have inherited traditional values
through Budo which continue to play a significant role in the formation of the
Japanese personality, serving as sources of boundless energy and rejuvenation. As
such, Budo has attracted strong interest internationally, and is studied around the
However, a recent trend towards infatuation just with technical ability compounded
by an excessive concern with winning is a severe threat to the essence of Budo. To
prevent any possible misrepresentation, practitioners of Budo must continually engage
in self-examination and endeavour to perfect and preserve this traditional culture.
It is with this hope that we, the member organisations of the Japanese Budo
Association, established The Budo Charter in order to uphold the fundamental
principles of Budo.
ARTICLE 1_ OBJECTIVE OF BUDO
Through physical and mental training in the Japanese martial ways, Budo exponents
seek to build their character, enhance their sense of judgement, and become
disciplined individuals capable of making contributions to society at large.
ARTICLE 2_ KEIKO (Training)
When training in Budo, practitioners must always act with respect and courtesy,
adhere to the prescribed fundamentals of the art, and resist the temptation to pursue
mere technical skill rather than strive towards the perfect unity of mind, body, and
ARTICLE 3_ SHIAI (Competition)
Whether competing in a match or doing set forms (Kata), exponents must externalise
the spirit underlying Budo. They must do their best at all times, winning with
modesty, accepting defeat gracefully, and constantly exhibiting self-control.
ARTICLE 4_ DOJO (Training Hall)
The Dojois a special place for training the mind and body. In the Dojo, Budo
practitioners must maintain discipline, and show proper courtesies and respect.
TheDojoshould be a quiet, clean, safe, and solemn environment.
ARTICLE 5_ TEACHING
Teachers of Budo should always encourage others to also strive to better themselves
and diligently train their minds and bodies, while continuing to further their
understanding of the technical principles of Budo. Teachers should not allow focus to
be put on winning or losing in competition, or on technical ability alone. Above all,
teachers have a responsibility to set an example as role models.
ARTICLE 6_ PROMOTING BUDO
Persons promoting Budo must maintain an open-minded and international perspective
as they uphold traditional values. They should make efforts to contribute to research
and teaching, and do their utmost to advance Budo in every way.
Member Organizations of the Japanese Budo Association
All Japan Judo Federation
All Japan Kendo Federation
All Nippon Kyudo Federation
Japan Sumo Federation
Japan Karatedo Federation
Shorinji Kempo Federation
All Japan Naginata Federation
All Japan Jukendo Federation
Nippon Budokan Foundation