President and Founder of Seiwa Kai
8th Dan Hanshi Goju-Ryu Seiwa-Kai
Born 20 January 1933 Tokyo Japan
1950 Starts Karate at High School
1951 Joins Goju-Kai Yamaguchi, Gogen
1952 1st Dan Yamaguchi Goju-Kai
1954 2nd Dan
1957 3rd Dan
1961 Grades 4th Dan Jokyo Renshi
1965 5th Dan
1966 Shihan Kyoshi
1970 6th Dan JKF Goju-Kai
1971 Founds Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Seiwa-Kai
1974 JKF National Instructor
1975 7th Dan
1986 8th Dan Hanshi
Shuji Tasaki was well known as Gogen Yamaguchi's most compitent fighter having proven himself in the very first All Japan Karatedo Gojukai Championships in 1963, which was basically a days competition of knock-out, knock down, break bone and finish them matches. Having earned the cup for first place it set him as a target to be dealt with in the Dojo.
Today Shuji Tasaki Shihan is a much more easy going person. Still having the heavy and strong voice with a fatherlike teachers touch. He left Gogen Yamaguchi's organization in 1972 to form his own Seiwakai however, today remains close to Goshi Yamaguchi and attends functions of the organization, including the JKGA 50th anniversary, as a senior and respected Sempai - Shihan. Today he is Hanshi of Gojuryu Karatedo Seiwakai and one of the most senior members of the JKF Gojukai.
By Leo Lipinski Shihan
1950 - Present
Born in Yokote City Japan, Seichi Fujiwara Shihan is the 8th Dan [as of this writing] in the JKF Gojukai. Fujiwara Sensei has had a pivitol role in guiding Gojuryu Karatedo outside of Japan, having taught in more than 20 countries over the past 10 years and continuing his time away from family and home several times per year annually. See the following outline for his specific Biography / Curriculum Vitae:
1967 Began Karatedo Training at the age of 17.
1974 October Opened his first Dojo in Omagari City in Wakatake-cho.
1995 JKF Gojukai 7th Dan
2002 October - Japan Karatedo Federation Gojukai; 8th Dan
Current grades and positions include:
Japan Karatedo Federation Gojukai;
8th Dan Seiwkai Gojuryu Karatedo;
8th Dan Japan Karatedo Federation;
7th Dan Vice President; Seiwakai Gojuryu Karatedo
Former; National Champion Kata and Kumite
Director and Coach; Akita Karate-Do Federation Goju-Kai
Senior member; Oversees Committee for National Karate-Do Federation Goju-kai
Appointed; Executive Director of the JKF Gojukai
Currently presides over seven dojo branches spanning Akita-shi, Yokote-shi, Kamioka-cho and Nakasen-cho.
Leo Lipinski Sensei
7th Dan Kyoshi JKF Gojukai
8th Dan Goju-Ryu Karate-do Seiwakai
1946 Born in Durban South Africa.
1962 Began training in Judo and Shotokan Karatedo in Durban South Africa.
Early years of Karatedo training included a variety of Martial Arts from teachers he met on cargo and fishing boats from Japan, Okinawa and Korea.
1965 Began training in Shukokia Shitoryu Karatedo.
1966 Acquired Bachelor of Economics from South Africa University.
1966 Opened a Dojo in South Africa which would later become the first Karate Club to teach non-Whites.
1967 Trained Gojuryu Karatedo in Hong Kong and there-after in Kobe Japan with Chojiro Tani head of Shukokai Shitoryu Karatedo.
1967 Began training with Gogen Yamaguchi in Zen Nippon Gojukai Gojuryu Karatedo (concurrently with Shukokai Shitoryu Karatedo) and continued with Yamaguchi through-out the 1970's.
1968 Graded to Ni Dan by Gogen Yamaguchi in Tokyo Japan.
1968 to 1982 Appointed as the First Representative for the All Japan Karatedo Gojukai in South Africa.
1968 Formerly resigned from the Shukokai Shitoryu Karatedo organization.
1968 Established a relationship with Shuji Tasaki Sensei whom at that time was a student of Gogen Yamaguchi.
1969 Appointed Branch Representative for the All Japan Karate-do Gojukai in South Africa.
1970 Obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Natal University, South Africa.
1970 Appointed Chief Instructor South Africa, All Japan Karatedo Gojukai.
1974 Began training at the Seiwakai Gojuryu Karatedo Dojo of Shuji Tasaki Sensei whom at that time was still part of the All Japan Karatedo Gojukai.
1976 Graded to 5th Dan by Gogen Yamaguchi under the All Japan Karatedo Gojukai.
1982 Bachelor of Science, S.A.M.R.A University, California, USA.
1983 Acquired Bachelor of Science & Acupuncture from the S.A.M.R.A University in California.
1983 Certified Acupuncturist in California USA.
1984 Appointed one  of three  Cheif Instructors for the International Karatedo Gojukai Association (IKGA) under the guidance of Gogen Yamaguchi.
1987 Resigned from the All Japan Karatedo Gojukai, now known as the the International Karatedo Gojukai Association IKGA.
Joined Tasaki Shuji’s Goju-ryu Karate-do Seiwa Kai Organization and the JKF Gojukai.
1987 Appointed Chief Instructor and President of Seiwa Kai Great Britain. Of note; Seiwakai existed in South Africa since 1973.
1987 Appointed Goju-ryu Karate-do Seiwakai representative for Great Britain.
1987 Graded to 6th Dan SeiwakaiGojuryu Karatedo .
1993 Gradeed to 7th Dan - Seiwakai Gojuryu Karatedo.
1993 Awarded title of Renshi, JKF Gojukai.
1993 Active Member of the JKF Gojukai Examining Panel to the grade of 5th Dan.
1993 Acquired to Grading Examiner of the JKF Gojukai to the grade of 5th Dan.
1998 Organized the JKF Gojukai Europe.
1998 Member of the EKGB Management Board.
1999 Graded to 7th Dan - JKF Gojukai.
2002 Acquired to Shihan Menkyo license of Kyoshi; JKF Gojukai.
2005 Appointed as the first (and only) Gaijin to the Board of Director of the JKF Gojukai.
2005 Graded to 8th Dan Seiwakai Gojuryu Karatedo.