“The ultimate aim of the art of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the characters of its participants” Gichin Funakoshi
Book “Katas Superieurs Shotokan-Ryu” by master Taiji KASE, 9th Dan is now available to buy from Kamikaze.
International Open Karate Course with Sensei Pascal Lecourt 6th Dan and
Sensei Nico Ibscher 4th Dan.
Sensei Fedyk celebrates his 60th birthday in and outside the dojo!
Sensei Taiji Kase (1929 – 2004)
Sensei Taiji Kase was born on the 9 February 1929. He began his karate training in 1944 and at this time already had experience in kendo, aikido and judo, gaining his nidan (2nd dan black belt) in judo in that same year. At the age of 15, after meeting with Gichin Funakoshi, Sensei Kase was taken on as a student at the Shotokan dojo. During his time at the Shotokan, Sensei Kase was taught by many different instructors, including Yoshitaka Funakoshi.
In 1946, Sensei Kase gained shodan (1st dan black belt) in karate and then in 1949, sandan (3rd dan black belt). At this time he was captain of the karate team at Senshu University, where he later graduated in March 1951 with a degree in economic science.
Sensei Kase had always wanted to be a professional karate teacher, so to achieve this goal he joined the Japanese Karate Association (JKA). In 1964, he left Japan to teach in countries all around the world. These included South Africa, the USA, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and in 1967, France (where he settled permanently in Paris).
In 1989 Taiji Kase, who held the rank of 9th dan, together with Sensei Hiroshi Shirai, founded the World Karate Shotokan Academy (WKSA), in order to educate people in karate as a martial art and way. In 2001 senior instructors, who followed Sensei Kase decided to proceed, under his direction and guidance, with the foundation of the Shotokan Ryu Kase Ha Instructors Academy. Today the system is known as Kase Ha Shotokan Ryu Karate Do Academy (KSKA), with the ultimate aim being to preserve and develop Kase Ha Shotokan Ryu Karate-Do.
Sadly, Sensei Taiji Kase passed away in Paris on the 24 November 2004, he was an inspiration to all his students around the world and will be greatly missed.