Keigo Shimizu serves as a member of the advisory board of The Shotokan Times. He is Chief Instructor of Dojo Yamato in Düsseldorf, Germany and works for a German company. Prior to his current positions he was a student of several renowned grand masters, Captain of the Dokkyo University Karate Club, and received a master of economics. He teaches Karate at national and international seminars.
- 5th Dan
- Chief Instructor at Dojo Yamato, Düsseldorf, Germany
- Instructor at national and international seminars and workshops
- Master of Economics
1987: Begin with Karate at Dokkyo University Karate Club
1990: 1th Dan, JKA Headquarter, Tokyo, Japan
1992: 2nd Dan, JKA Headquarter, Tokyo, Japan
2008: 3rd Dan, JKA
2012: 4th Dan, JKA
2017: 5th, examiner: Shihan Hideo Ochi
Education and Achievements
1987: Studies of economics at Dokkyo University, Saitama, Japan and member of the Dokkyo University Karate Club. Head coach of the club: Shihan Yoshiharu Osaka (JKA).
1990: Sensei Tatsuya Naka becomes head coach of Dokkyo University Karate Club. Training for two years under Naka Sensei.
- Captain (shusho) of the club in 4th year of university
- Winner Kumite individual at JKA Nagano Prefecture Championship
- Joint training with Sensei Koichiro Okuma at Dokkyo University Karate Club
1992: Graduated from Dokkyo University and 2nd place team Kumite at JKA All Japan Championship. During university, participation at several other championships:
- JKA Student League,
- JKF Student League
- JKA Tokyo Championships
- JKA All Japan Championship.
1992-1993: Training at “Taishijuku”, the private Dojo of Tatsuya Naka
1993-1994: Studies of German at Goethe Institute, Düsseldorf, Germany
1994-1999: Employment at a company in Japan. Due to work commitments no Karate training during this time.
1999: Move to Germany and restart of Karate under Shihan Hideo Ochi. Due to work commitments only occasional training.
2007 – today: Fully active in Karate again.
2014 – today: Chief instructor at Dojo Yamato, Düsseldorf, Germany.
2014 – today: Instructor at national and international Karate