Growing international relations beyond the USA necessitated the foundation of the Butokukai International in 1976.
After 60 years grand master Richard Kim left the DNBK in 1999 due to association politics.In 2006 Technical Directors Hanshi Jean Chalamon (Butokukai Europe) and Hanshi Rod Sanford (Zen Bei Butoku Kai) changed the name Butokukai International for Kokusai Butokukai. As a consequence, the emblem of the association was also changed to distinguish itself from the DNBK.
Who represents the Kokusai Butokukai?
Since 2006 the Kokusai Butokukai has been represented by the Butokukai Germany e.V. legally.
The technical directors take the sole charge of international technical representation as far as the purpose of the association is concerned:
Hanshi Jean Chalamon
Hanshi Rod Sanford
The coordination of international matters is the responsibility of the president of the association:
Hanshi Louis Jemison
The communication of international matters is the responsibility of the Secretary General of the association:
Kyoshi Stephan Peitz
Richard Kim | Hanshi | 10. Dan | 1917-2001