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 Mabuni. 
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.


At present

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

  1. Cultivate good personality and strong character
  2. Preserve correct techniques and katas
  3. Promote friendship among members

Instructor principles

  1. Respect the values of the traditional katas
  2. Unified study of kata and kumite
  3. Scientific approach in analysing techniques

Technical principles

  1. Do not make any unnecessary movements (but use full range of movement).
  2. Do not use any unnecessary force (but enough force).
  3. Use the whole body to perform techniques.
  4. 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.




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.



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.



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

     Aikikai Foundation

     Shorinji Kempo Federation

     All Japan Naginata Federation

     All Japan Jukendo Federation

     Nippon Budokan Foundation