President of the World Karate Organization

After the death of Sosai Oyama in April, 1994, some of his apprentices formed their own organizations with the same name. Therefore, after a general meeting of the branch chiefs, it was decided almost unanimously that the name should be changed in order to protect its unique identity. The name of the organization was changed to “World Karate Organization (WKO) – Shinkyokushinkai”. The word “shin” was added to the word “kyokushinkai”. “Shin” in Japanese has two meanings: “truth” and “new”. In this way, the meaning of the word “Shinkyokushinkai” may be translated as “True Kyokushinkai” and “New Kyokushinkai”. “WKO-Kyokushinkai” remained true to the codes of Oyama Sosai who was against the professionalizing and commercializing of the Organization. Its main goals remain, i.e. education of young people and international communication and collaboration. 

The distinctive sign of the organization became the symbol “Kokoro” (“Heart”, in Japanese), signifying the unity of mind, skills and physica strength. Since 2001, the president of the Organization has been Kenji Midori – world champion from the 5th World Championship (1991), who was also the last champion of the United Kyokushin.

karate, with 93 country members. Daily and yearly, it becomes more and more popular worldwide. An increasing number of young people practicing it is an indicator of the rightess of the chosen path inherited from the ideas of Sosai. “WKO – Shinkyokushinkai” works in a firm collaboration with the Japanese Olympic committee for the admission and approval of Karate as an Olympic sport. This is expected to become reality in 2020 when Today, “WKO – Shinkyokushin” is the biggest world organization in full-contact Japan will host the 32nd Summer Olympic Games.

Born on April 18th, 1962. From Amami Oshima of Kagoshima Prefecture. Moved to Tokyo in 1978, and entered IKO KyokushinKaiKan. Competed actively as a Lightweight competitor, and achieved victory in the Lightweight Category of the 2nd, 4th and 7th All Japan Weight Division Championship. In 1990, challenged for the open weight All Japan Championship with a build of 165cm, 70kg, and placed 2nd. In 1991, participated in the 5th World Championship as a member of the Japan National Team. In a tournament where strong fighters such as Andy Hug and Francisco Filho, and overseas competitors taller than 2 meters participated, he overcame 3 days of intense fighting to become the first Lightweight competitor in history, to become the open weight champion.

After retiring as an active competitor after his 5th World Championship, he has guided and trained the next generation in his hometown Amami and Fukuoka Prefecture. Actively took part in organizational activities, and became the President of NPO KyokushinKaiKan in 2000. In 2001, became the president of IKO (later changed to World Karate Organization, or WKO). In 2003, reformed the name of the organization to NPO World Karate Organization ShinKyokushinKai. Currently supervises ShinKyokushinKai in 81 countries (as of April 2012), and makes the best effort to support social contribution activities, such as blood donations and the Marrow Donor Program.


  • 5th Kyokushin Karate World Tournament 1991 – Champion
  • 4th Kyokushin Karate World Tournament 1987
  • 22nd All Japan Tournament 1990 – 2nd place
  • 17th All Japan Tournament 1985 – 5th place
  • 7th All Japan Weight Tournament 1990 – Champion
  • 4th All Japan Weight Tournament 1987 – Champion
  • 2nd All Japan Weight Tournament 1985 – Champion
  • Sursee Cup 1988 – 2nd place
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