Motokuni Sugiura Shihan - 10th Dan

Written by Takaatsu Nishimura Shihan



Motokuni Sugiura Shihan, former JKA Chief Instructor has passed away on the 10th August 2015 at the age of 90.


Sugiura Sensei was born on 4 October 1924 in Aichi Prefecture. He started his Karate in 1942 at the Koa Junior College (currently the Asia University), where Yoshiaki Hayashi Sensei from Shotokan was teaching. In 1944 Sugiura Sensei joined Shotokan and studied Karate under Gichin Funakoshi Sensei whilst receiving instructions from Yoshitaka Funakoshi Sensei, the second son of Gichin Funakoshi Sensei.


In March 1944, two years after he first started Karate, Sugiura Sensei received his first dan. This was during the World War II and Sugiura Sensei entered the Air Force Squadron of the Japanese Navy as a preparatory student.


In 1946, after the war, he went to work at the Nippon Keizai Senmon Gakko (Japan Economic Special College, the new name of the Koa Junior College) and resurrected its Karate Club. Sugiura Sensei received teachings in Karate from various Karate seniors including Masatoshi Nakayama Sensei during the period from 1949 to 1954.


Sugiura Sensei joined the Japan Karate Association (JKA) as a committee member in 1955 and was entrusted with teaching at JKA. From 1959 he taught Karate at the Asia University until he retired from his position in 1990 (he remained as a guest professor at the university till 1993).



Sugiura Sensei took the position of Chief Instructor of the Japan Karate Association in 1991 and was promoted to the 9th dan in 1992.


During the long years of his dedication to JKA Karate, he was involved with numerous publications of materials such as ‘Basics in Karate” as a text book for the JKA, “Karate Seminars” and the production of various videos on Kata.


Heian Sandan and Tekki Shodan were said to have been Sugiura Sensei’s favourite Kata.


The essence of his teaching will be found in his words:

“The intrinsic nature of Karate is to achieve Kime (condensation of physical power and mental focus) in Waza (technique). To increase the ability of self-control through the training to achieve “Kime” is Karate-do.”







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