Executive Committee – Sato-ha Shito Ryu International

President -FounderAkira Sato (Soke)Canada
First Vice PresidentHidetomo KannoJapan
Second Vice PresidentSidney HoaeaneSouth Africa
International ContactRick WhiteCanada
Directors at LargeTetsuo Watanabe
Rui Inacio
Yas Yamamoto
Bojan Petrovic
Japan
Portugal
Canada
Canada

Special Advisors – Sato-ha Shito Ryu International

Special AdvisorsFumio Demura
Ichiro Muto
David Suzuki
USA
Japan
Canada

Non-Executive Positions – Sato-ha Shito Ryu International

Technical DirectorsMoraise Pina
Roy Tippenhauer
Pam Ross
Ryu Sakamoto
Rui Inacio
Portugal
Canada
Canada
Portugal
Japan
Technical AdvisorsHosni Arar
Ron Mathews
Teruyuki Okada
Noriyuki Ise
Deni Deziel
Scott Cheng
Yas Yamamoto
Athula Minihtanthri
Israel
Australia
Japan
Japan
Canada
Canada
Canada
Germany
Officiating AdvisorsAndreas Kuntze
Trevor Walmsley
Canada
Canada
General Advisors KomonTetsuo Watanabe
Noyuki Ohgiya
Takashi Shida
Shoichi Murakami
Mert Horita
Bojan Petrovic
Rizalito Brucal
Ruan Sathrasinglhe
Victor Barreiro
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Canada
Canada
Portugal
Sri Lanka
Portugal
Newsletter EditorKaren Bozic (Gibbard)Canada
Business AdvisorsVasco Canha
Jutta Fojikar
Portugal
Germany
Website AdvisorsKoto Andersen
Rick White
Canada
Canada
AccountantGer VandeursenCanada

Constitution of ShitoRyu Sato-ha Rengo Association

Published      April  11 – 2021

A.     Sato-ha Rengo (the “Association”)

Members shall not discriminate based on race, nationality, gender, religion or socioeconomic status. Members shall strive for the advancement of the technique of karate-do and for the betterment of one’s own character. In collaboration with others, members shall promote and enhance international cultural exchange experiences to help foster a more peaceful and understanding global environment.

B.     Association Executive Committee Members Criteria:

The chosen Executive Committee members must retain a higher dan-degree, have more than 30 years of experience training in karate-do, and have contributed numerous years of dedicated work to the Rengo. Alternatively, such Executive Committee members who do not fulfill these stated criteria may, on occasion, be appointed directly either by the Soke (Founder) or by the Association Executive Committee if approved by more than half of the Executive Committee members. 

C.     International Branch Policy  

         i.        The official language of the Association will be English.  The International branch’s Chief Instructor shall appoint a club member with English language skills as a liaison and report the person’s name and contact information to the  Sato-ha Headquarters (located in Vancouver, BC).

         ii.        International Branch Membership fees must be paid to the Sato-ha Headquarters by December 31st of each year (annually). Should an International Branch not  submit their fees by the due date, any Executive Committee or member of any other standing committees may forfeit their right of expression, their position, as well as their voting rights in the Association.      

         iii.       The price of the membership fee(s) will be determined at the time of registration by the Executive Committee in consultation with the Soke. Membership fees are meant to fund the administration of the International Sato-ha Rengo.

         iv.        Obtaining a Shihan license from the Soke is possible only for those who have obtained 7th dan or higher within the Sato-ha Association, with a minimum of 30 years of  karate-do training and aged 50 years or older. The examinees also must have contributed numerous years of dedicated work to the Sato-ha Rengo and have undergone an examination from the Soke directly.

        v.         The very first selection for the Executive Committee and Association Standing Committee Members from the overseas branch clubs will be determined by the Soke.

        vi.        The term for each committee member is two years but it is permitted to consecutively serve a subsequent term, if selected again by the Executive Committee.

        vii.       Each international branch should design its own organizational structure with Canada Sato-kai as the model.

        viii.      The regulations and rules of assessment for grading examinations as well as its pricing shall be determined by the Soke.  Anyone who wishes to grade for a 4th  degree or higher must first obtain prior permission from the Soke directly.

                     Written by:      Soke Akira Yoshiaki Sato                   Founder – ShitoRyu Sato-ha Rengo