It is with much sadness that we share the information that Soke Katsuoh Yamamoto, founder of Yoshukai Karate passed away on February 12, 2017 in Japan. Born on July 10, 1938, Soke was 78 years old. His long and courageous battle with cancer finally came to a peaceful end.
One of the last masters who learned from the pioneers who brought Karate from Okinawa to mainland Japan, Soke Yamamoto acquired and honed his skills under Sensei Tsuyoshi Chitose, founder of Chito Ryu Karate, before founding Yoshukai Karate in 1963.
He touched many lives and inspired many people with his bravery and strength of mind, keeping with this legacy through his last and most difficult battle against cancer. We will now carry on his legacy with pride, not forgetting the many teachings and lessons we all gained from him.
Over the course of the last 23 years I had the honor to meet and train under him many times. I will miss his courage, integrity and kindness.