Soke Konishi Yasuhiro (Takehiro)

Soke and President, Japan Karate Do Ryobu-Kai
10th Dan, Shindo Jinen-Ryu

With the death of Konishi Sensei in 1983, leadership for Japan Karate Do Ryobu-Kai passed to his son, Yasuhiro (Takehiro) Konishi, 10th Dan. Born on May 25, 1931, in Tokyo, Japan, Konishi Soke graduated from Keio University in March 1955. He changed his first name from Takehiro to Yasuhiro in memory of his father after his father’s death.

Konishi Soke oversees operations for all Japan Karate Do Ryobu-Kai schools in Japan, and continues to guide the policies and philosophy of Shindo Jinen-Ryu style worldwide. Throughout the course of his career he has held numerous positions of influence within the world of traditional Japanese martial arts:

  • Advisor to Hokushin Itto-Ryu Genbu Kai Headquarters (1995 to Present)
  • Consultant of Tokyo Prefecture Karate-Do Federation (1989 to Present)
  • Advisor to Minato District Kendo Federation (1985 to Present)
  • Advisor to Okinawan Weaponry Art Preservation and Promotion Association (1985 to Present)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Tokyo Prefecture Kendo Dojo Federation (1984 to Present)
  • President of Ryobu Kenyu Kai (1984 to Present)
  • President of Tokyo Prefecture Minato District Karate-Do Federation (1984 to Present)
  • Executive Director of the Board of Directors of Tokyo Prefecture Minato District Physical Education Department (1988 – 1993)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Tokyo Prefecture, Minato District Physical Education Department (1975 – 1988)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Minato District Kendo Federation (1984 -1985)
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of Minato District Karate-Do Federation (1970 – 1978)

Konish Soke has also received a number of commendations for his work:

  • Physical Education Meritorious Award from Minato District Physical Education Department (30th Anniversary) (1995)
  • Special Meritorious Award from Tokyo Prefecture Physical Education Department (December 6, 1993)
  • Physical Education Meritorious Award from Tokyo Prefecture Board of Education (October 29, 1992)
  • Physical Education Meritorious Award from Tokyo Prefecture Board of Education (May 21, 1989)
  • Physical Education Meritorious Award from Tokyo Prefecture Minato District
  • Physical Education Department (March 15, 1989)
  • Letter of Appreciation from the Governor of Tokyo Prefecture (20th anniversary of Tokyo Kendo Dojo Federation) (June 1, 1986)
  • Long Time Board member Award from Tokyo Prefecture Minato District Physical Education Department (October 10, 1985)
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