KOKUSAI BUTOKUKAI  | International Martial Arts Federation 
|   SHORINJI RYU KARATE DO  |   OKINAWA KOBUDO   |   TAI CHI   |   Founded 1976 by O´Sensei Richard Kim, Hanshi, 10. Dan

Hanshi Richard Kim | 10. Dan | Founder Of Shorinji Ryu |

Richard Kim is of Korean-American descent. He is the founder of our variant of Shorinji Ryu. His martial arts is a synthesis of several Okinanawan and Chinese styles based on the Chinese Quanfa. Kim started practicing martial arts at the age of six. His mother, who was Japanese, sent him to Honolulu (Hawaii) for judo lessons from Sensei Kaneko. A few years later he went to Okinawa and took karate lessons with Aragaki, Chibana and Yabu Kentsu.


1917
On November 17, Richard Kim was born in Hawaii.

1925
Beginning of the training of martial arts, in the disciplines Judo, under the direction of Kaneko Sensei. Likewise, boxing was part of his training program.

1927
Studying karate under Yabu Kentsu. He was then taught by Arakaki.

1928
After Anikichi's death he was trained by Zuiho Mutsu.

1935
Beginning of studies at the University of Hawaii. He practiced karate at Chibana in Honolulu. During this time, he trained boxing at the Sato Gym.

1937
He travels to Shanghai, China, and has since studied at St. Johns and Towa University. During his stay in China, he learned Tai Chi at the Academy of Martial Arts of Shanghai under Ten Chin Juan. At the same time Pa Kua and Shorinji Kempo at the Physical Culture Institute Stemberra of Chao hay Lie. Richard Kim's biggest teacher in China was Wang Xian Zhai, who taught him the style of Yi Quan. In China he met Kenichi Hawaii.

1938
Richard Kim traveled to China to deepen his knowledge of the martial arts. For several years he stayed in Shanghai, where he met the expert Chao Hsu Lai1 from the Ba gua quan, who strangely taught him mastery of balance. On further travels he learned the Chen Tai Chi Chuan and the Ba gua quan under Master Chen Chin Yuan. He then returned to Japan and was taught by Master Gogen Yamaguchi in Goyu ryu and Master Ueshiba Morihei in Aikido. There he met Kinjo Hiroshi, who was dedicated to the study of the history of Okinawan martial arts and at the same time Karate expert from the direction Oshiro Choki and Chibana Choshin was. This left a deep impression on Kim, prompting him to thoroughly explore the history of martial arts as well. He was assisted by Yoshida, a grand master of the Daito ryu, who at the same time gave him tremendous knowledge of the martial arts and taught him the Daito ryu and various weapons arts. In addition, he found access to the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai in Kyoto.

1939
He traveled to Japan, where he continued training under Nabu Kentsu and Kenichi Sawai. At the same time he began his lessons in Kobudo Toyama Kanken. This year, Richard Kim found access to Dai Nippon Butoku Kai.

1940
Richard Kim met Hiroshi Cinema, which he calls a walking carat encyclopedia.

1941
O'Sensei Kim receives the Yon Dan (4th Dan).

1945
Richard Kim started studying Daito Ryu and Kobudo under his principal teacher Yoshida Kotaro. From Kotaro he received the award Menkyo Kaiden. Richard Kim described Kotaro as his greatest master.

1948
At that time he met Yamaguchi and Mas Oyama in Yokohama.

1951
Richard Kim started teaching the first karate students at Shorinji Ryu in Yokohama.

1957
He founded the Kenshu Kan Karate School together with James Miyagi in Hawaii.

1959
He settled in San Francisco, California. He was the founder of Zen At Butoku Kai in the US, Butokukai International and International Representative of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai in Kyoto, Japan. He taught philosophy and history of Japanese and Okinawan martial arts. His repertoire ranged from Judo, Karate, Kobudo, Taichi Chuan, Shorinji Kempo, Ba gua quan (Pa Kua), Daito ryu, Iaido, Goyu ryu to Aikijutsu. He was considered an expert in philosophy and a living encyclopaedia regarding the history of martial arts. His 1st Generation students include the official representatives of Kokusai Butokukai Jean Chalamon, Rod Sanford, and Louis Jemison.

1967
Richard Kim is voted Sensei of the Year by Black Belt magazine.

1969
On December 1, Richard Kim receives the Ku Dan (9th Dan) from the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai.

1970
From 1970 to 1980 Kim wrote articles for various karate magazines.

1972
Richard Kim became director and principal teacher of the AAKF / ITKF.

1973
He is named Man of the Year in the Black Belt Hall Of Fame.

On July 15, Richard Kim is appointed Hanshi by Dai Nippon Butoku Kai.

1974
Richard Kim's first book Weaponless Warrior is published. He is included in the Encyclopedia of martial arts in Japan and Okinawa.

1975
Inclusion in Who's Who of martial arts.

1976
Founding of Butokukai International with departments in France and Germany under the direction of Richard Kim (5th Dan) - leaving the Butokukai in 1982 and founding Shorin Ji Ryu International and teaching his interpretation of the Shorinji ryu Karate Do.

1978
Sensei KIM founds the organization "Way of Humanity".

1982
Kim's second book The Classical Man is published. Jean Chalamon receives Menkyo Kaiden and becomes Technical Director of Butokukai Europe.

1983
Between the years 1983-1986 the book series Kobudo 1,2,3 by Richard Kim is published.

1993
Butokukai Canada is founded.

1999
Appointment to Ju Dan (10th Dan) from I.T.K.F.

2001
On the 8th of November, at the age of 83, Grandmaster Richard Kim left us.





Richard Kim
9. Dan
Dai Nippon Butoku Kai
01. December 1969

Richard Kim
Hanshi
Dai Nippon Butoku Kai
15. July 1973