JKF Renbukai offcial Site

Japan Karatedo Federation Renbukai (JKF Renbukai ; 全日本空手道連盟錬武会; Zennihon Karatedo renmei Renbukai) is Bōgutsuki karate (防具付空手 protector karate in Japanese) organization.

Renbukai is also one of the oldest karate organizations continuously in operation until the present.

2024 main event schedule

Kagamibiraki @Tokyo Fuji University Martial Arts Hall

35th Kanto Bogutsuki Karatedo Championship @Tokyo Budokan


62nd All Japan Bogutsuki Karatedo Championship @Tokyo Budokan

National Director and Council Committee @Tokyo Fuji University Conference Room

new year greeting

All Japan Karatedo Federation Renbukai

Chairman Akira Amari

Happy New Year.

I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to all the members of Renbukai for a healthy New Year.

Karate is a martial art that can be said to be the heart of the Japanese people. As I always say, I look forward to your aggressive leaps, always keeping in mind that a master of karate is a person of character. Renbukai has taken a strong first step under a new system. By all means, I would like you to share your wisdom and work together to move forward.

Due to the corona crisis, it's still not a new year when you can freely interact with friends and family.

However, through daily practice and ingenuity, you can gain new hope by working hard at training positively. Let's do our best.

Finally, I would like to conclude my New Year's greetings by wishing you all the best in your health and success.

new year greeting

All Japan Karatedo Federation Renbukai

Chief director Toshihiko Kikumura

Happy new year.

Thank you very much for your special kindness during the last year.

Thanks to you, we were able to successfully complete the milestone 60th National Bogu Tournament last year.

With the Tokyo Olympics as an impetus, the karate world is also trying to learn from the rules of the world, and we, Renbukai, are the only organization that cooperates with the Japan Federation of Air Forces to perform kumite competitions with protective gear. facing. However, all of us members would like to return to the basics of martial arts, karate, and steadily work on what we can do one at a time.

Thank you for your continued patronage this year. We wish you all the best in your health and development.

If you would like to contact the International Director, please contact him from the following website.

Bogutsuki Karatedo

Before the World War Ⅱ, people feared karate because karatekas adhered to the power of blow too much alike judo, kendo and other martial arts in those days. Therefore karate was accepted by very few people as an unsafe and mysterious martial art. Our pioneers with foresight took notice of inevitability that the true prosperity of karate would be realized by the safe and fair match closer to actual combat. They pursued the question of how karate should be instructed with Bogu (protective gear) by trial and error consistently. Their strong will has been succeeded to until today. Also, there are some records that the late Mr. Kenwa Mabuni (Okinawan karateka), the late Mr. Chojun Miyagi (Okinawan karateka), and societies for research and investigation in some colleges carried out experiments and researches about Bogu in the early Showa period. Those pioneers recognized the above-mentioned inevitability about 70 years ago.

With the Japanese tremendous economic restoration during 70 years after the War, many sports including martial arts developed so that Japanese athletes could lead the world or fight equally with foreign ones. Karate is not an exception, either. It was natural that Japanese martial arts were accepted better as universal sports like judo, the better they infiltrated in the world and became internationalized. It was inevitable that proper modification or change was required in exchange for universalization. There is no sport that puts a slight on safety and fairness.

As fencing and combative sports, etc. were applied to tournament, generalized and became bases of today’s sports gradually in ancient Europe, it is an indispensable trend that Japanese martial arts are improved progressively without ticking to old convention with modernization of human race. The efforts for prevention of hazard, etc. need to be understood and supported fully by the public opinion so as to accomplish the further prevalence of karate and the adoption of karate in school curriculum. Moreover, as people come to practice karate all over the world and international exchange become popular, it is reasonable that the safety in common with each country and the clear match rules should be introduced in karate. We take a standpoint that the karate spirit as a traditional martial art should be respected fully but that the application to tournament and the universalization of karate as sport is inevitable historically.

We made efforts to evolve and promulgate Bogu Karatedo one after another, and accomplished the hosting of the 1st annual All Nippon Bogu Karatedo Tournament in 1954 at last. It must significantly contribute to the evolution of Bogu Karatedo for comrades who practice Bogu Karate to gather from all parts of the country and unite in the annual All Japan Bogu Karatedo Tournament every year. We are firmly convinced that this tournament will direct the right way of World Karate, not Japan Karate, together with the appearance of safer protective gear Strongman


  • 1930 Sensei Kanken Toyama returned to Japan and on March 20, 1930, he opened his first dojo in Tokyo. He named his dojo Shūdōkan (修道舘) .
  • 1945 After World War II , When GHQ(Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers) announced the martial arts ban in 1945, disciples of Shūdōkan opened a dojo studio called Kanbukan (韓武舘) for the purpose of escaping from a martial arts ban.Disciples of Kanbukan began to make a karate practice by putting Bogu (protector) of kendo. At that time, by the martial arts ban, was Bogu of kendo has been a large amount discarded. It was the origin of Bougutsuki Karate.
  • 1951 Since martial arts ban has been eased founded the Renbukan(錬武舘), to inherit the armor with karate.
  • 1954 Renbukan have finished the development of karate for Bogu , was held is the first All-Japan tournament of karate "All Japan Karate Championships" in Tokyo on December 3.
  • 1959 Renbukan was welcomed Shudokan to headquarters, was formed Japan Karate Federation. Sensei Choko Sai was appointed the chairman, Sensei Yasuhiro Konishi (Shindo Jinen-ryu) and Sensei Hiroshi Kinjo (Kanbukan) were appointed the vice-chairman , Sensei Kanken Toyama ans Sensei Hiroyasu Tamae (Otou-ryu) was appointed Shihan , Sensei Hiroki Otsuka (Wado-ryu), Sensei Tatsuo Yamada (Nipponkenpo karate), Sensei Shinkin Gima (Shotokan-ryu), Sensei Isamu Tamotsu (Shorinji-ryu) and Sensei Tsuyoshi Chitose (Chito-ryu) appointed were officer of JKF.
  • 1964 JKF will make a new united league of the karate world by the non-contact rule with JKA(Shotokan), Wado-ryu , Goju-ryu and Shito-ryu. Old JKF handed over a name of JKF (Japan Karate Federation) to the new league and changed the name to Renbukai. Thereafter, Renbukai becomes a member of JKF as a group summarizing Bōgutsuki karate (防具付空手).
  • 1981 New bogu has been developed, it was named "Strong Man".
  • 2004 The new model of the "Strong Man" starts sale.

Renbukai Katas

Five Shitei Katas

  • Naihanchi Sandan (ナイハンチ三段)
  • Chibana Kushanku (知花クーシャンクー)
  • Gusukuma no Chintou (城間チントウ)
  • Matsumora Rohai (松茂良ローハイ)
  • Kushanku (クーシャンクー)


  • Pinan Shodan (平安初段)
  • Pinan Nidan (平安二段)
  • Pinan Sandan (平安三段)
  • Pinan Yodan (平安四段)
  • Pinan Godan (平安五段)
  • Naihanchi Shodan (ナイハンチ初段)
  • Naihanchi Nidan (ナイハンチ二段)
  • Bassai Dai (抜塞小)
  • Bassai Sho (抜塞大)
  • Maeda no Enpi (真栄田燕飛)
  • Wanshu (ワンシュウ)
  • Wankan (王冠)
  • Chinte (鎮手)
  • Souchin (壮鎮)
  • Matusmora no Matsukaze (松茂良松風)
  • Jitte (十手)
  • Jion (慈恩)
  • OhShiro no Seishan (大城十三歩)
  • Gojushiho (五十四歩)

JKF Renbukai Organization

Chairman   Akira Amari

Vice Chairman Koichi Takahash , Ken Onodera , Katsutaro Fujita 

Adviser    Teruo Yamaguchi

Counselor   Toshikazu Ichikawa , Toshio Itakura

Consultant   Kiyoshi Aoki , Yasushi Kikuchi , Yoshihiro Seki , Tatsuji Takahashi , Yasuo Tajima

Chief director  Toshihiko Kikumura

Vice chief director  Katsutoshi Takaaki , Ryoichi Fukuda , 

Director general  Yukio Narita

Executive director  Tsuyoshi Endo , Sonoe Kamiya , Hiroyuki Kitajima , Tamotsu Tsurumi

          Seiichi Chiba , Ryusuke Toyoshima , Akio Nagae

Auditor      Hiroyuki Takeda

JKF Renbukai

Headquarters Secretariat


4-3-15-604 Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku,

Tokyo 160-0022 JAPAN


[+81] (3) 3352-9850