|Prof. W. Tim G. Richardson||
|In 1984, Tim was the only
non-Japanese to have qualified to compete at the national level championships
in full-contact Karate (koshiki, pic below)
|While an undergraduate
student at Queen's University, Tim studied Shorinjiryu
Kenyukai Karate from 1979-1983.
After receiving his black belt in Shorinjiryu Karate in 1983, in Canada, Tim went to live in Tokyo, Japan. From 1983-85 Tim studied advanced karate at the headquarters of the Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karate Fed.
While in Japan, Tim competed with distinction in the Tokyo Koshiki Karate Championships (full-contact all styles), Eastern-Japan Championships, and All-Japan Koshiki (full-contact) Championships.
Tim also holds an International "C" Class Referee License in Koshiki Karate.
|Koshiki Karate was developed in Japan by Kori Hisataka of Okinawa; his son, Dr. Masayuki Kukan Hisataka, who is the current head of the Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karatedo Federation.|
|Koshiki is not a style of karate, it is an organized way of competing full-contact with bare hands, bare feet, wearing light chest body armour, and head-gear. Koshiki tournaments allow karate people of various styles to compete against each other, striking with full-power blows, to determine which techniques and styles are most effective.||Koshiki Karate has been described as the "Rugby" of martial arts since it allows for realistic full-power striking. Koshiki tournaments are usually reserved for people at the black-belt level. The most common "style" of Koshiki participants is Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karate, Kyukoshinkai Karate, Jujitsu.|
|While living in Japan, Tim also studied Iaido, the art of using katana to draw and cut in complicated patterns. Tim achieved black belt rank after 18 months training and was one of less than 5 non-Japanese to have been ranked by the Muso Shinden Ryu in the early 1980's.|
|to the left is a screen
capture of Sensei Allen Yuen's Shorinjiryu site.
When it comes to "stuff on the web for the Shorinjiryu karatedo of Hisataka", Allen is THE MAN
Allen, in a very unselfish way, has spent many hours building up a site which is linked to and referred to by shorinjiryu black belts all around the world.
Its my pleasure to call him a karate friend (and former university classmate) for more than 20 years.
Also, check Allen's Queen's University Karate Club site - update of URL pending
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