Thomas Prediger – Chair

Thomas Prediger serves as the chair of the advisory board of The Shotokan Times. He is manager and coach at the Sportcenter Taisho in Siegburg, Germany.  Prior to his current positions he was a  very successful national and international competitor and coach.

Qualifications

  • 5th Dan Shotokan Karate
  • A-Trainer Licence Karate
  • A-Examiner Licence Karate

1981: Beginning with Karate with Sensei Jürgen Hoffmann at the SC Taisho, Siegburg, Germany

1986: 1th Dan – Examiner: Shihan Hideo Ochi

1993: 2nd Dan – Examiner Shihan Hideo Ochi

1996: 3rd Dan

2003: 4th Dan

2014: 5th Dan

Competitive Achievements

From 1984  until 1995

  • several years member of the German national Kumite Team
  • 3rd place European Championship in Prague
  • Winner of the Shotokan World-Cup
  • 2nd place Shotokan Europa-Cup
  • 7 times winner German Championship
  • 2nd place Dutch-Open
  • 2nd place British-Open
  • Winner Finnish-Open

Coaching Achievements

From 1990 until 2015

  • Head Coach of the Karate Association of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Competitive Sports Consultant at the Karate Association of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Consultant for trainer education in competitive sports Karate Association of North Rhine-Westphalia

Since 1986 Trainer at the SC Taisho, Siegburg, Germany

Since 1990 head coach of the student and youth team of the Karate Association of North Rhine-Westphalia with many national and international achievements

In 1995, first win of the German Championship as head coach of the youth team of the SC
Taisho – several national and international achievements followed

From 1996 until 2015 voluntary work for the Karate Association of North Rhine-Westphalia

From 1998 to 2015: Head coach of the junior and senior team of the Karate Association of North Rhine-Westphalia with several national and international achievements. Among them: 6 times winner of the German Champion of the Laender