COMMON | HISTORY | TECHNIQUE IN FINLAND | ASSOCIATION TODAY
The official style for the Shorinji ryu Association of Finland is Shorinjiryu Karatedo Kokusai which was established by Soshi Yuji Matsuoi in 2005. The association is also the headquarters, honbu, for the style. Kokusai Shorinji ryu Karatedo is nowadays practiced in Finland, Japan, Russia (also in Kaliningrad), Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine and Belarussia. There are also some small practice groups in Italy, France, Spain, and Switzerland.
Kokusai Shorinji ryu Karatedo styles' head teacher is Soshi Yuji Matsuoi, 8. dan hanshi. Matsuoi sensei upholds and teaches the techniques and principals that Ikubo-sensei learned from his teacher soke Tamotsu Isamu. From the beginning of year 1995 Shorinji ryu Karatedo association has striven to make the style known and to share information to anyone interested in budo and the style.