Grand Master Kazunobu Tsubamoto (10th Dan)

Grand Master Kazunobu Tsubamoto (10th Dan)


I was initiated into the highest levels of Nihon Goju-Ryu and Nihon Koshu-do by Grandmaster Ichikawa, who appointed me Soke (successor) of Nihon Koshu-do shortly before his passing in 2005.

Ichikawa was the 4th generation (Soke) of Nihon Goju-Ryu karate, which he inherited from Sensei Seko Higa.

I now work diligently to further develop and refine this authentic and highest level budo which Grandmaster Ichikawa entrusted to me.

Kazunobu Tsubamoto, Kaicho of Shigaku-Kan

Sensei Kazunobu Tsubamoto - Major Dates and Developments

April 1967 Began training as a disciple of Grandmaster Sosui Ichikawa.

August 1985 Sensei Tsubamoto was bestowed with the Bubishi which has been passed down from Master to Disciple for generations as proof of succession in Goju-Ryu Karate-do

January 1991 Sensei Tsubamoto founded Shigaku-Kan.

January 2004 Grandmaster Ichikawa awarded 9th Dan (Kudan) to Sensei Tsubamoto.

2000 to March 2005 Sensei Tsubamoto was initiated into the esoteric levels of Nihon Goju-Ryu Karate-do and Nihon Koshu-do by Grandmaster Ichikawa.

On 20th February 2005, appointed Soke (successor) of Nihon Koshu-do by Grandmaster Ichikawa.

Grandmaster Ichikawa passed away on 7th March, 2005, aged 81 years. In May 2005 Sensei Tsubamoto founded Ichikawa-ha Goju-Ryu Karate-do Sosui-Kai.

* Nihon Koshu-do, was created and named by Grandmaster Sosui Ichikawa. It is the name of his art. It is a development of Gojuryu beyond the Miyagi – Higa lineage, and includes Grandmaster Ichikawa’s own research, development and teachings.



To be a leader; to dilgently lead, develop and guide people,

and to reach our full potential as human beings,

so that we might become extraordinary people

and reach the state of total self awareness and enlightenment.

Shigaku-kan provides for the highest level of personal growth

both physically and mentally through practicing and experiencing

Ichikawa-ha Goju-Ryu Karate-do.