KANCHO SHOKEI MATSUI
DIRECTOR of the
KYOKUSHINKAIKAN

Akiyoshi (Shokei) Matsui was born in 1963.
In 1976 he started Kyokushin Karate in the Kita Nagare-Yama Dojo in Chiba at age 13.
In a little over one year he managed to achieve the first level of Black Belt.
In 1980 he placed fourth in the 12th All Japan Open Karate Championships, he was just 17.
Soon after, he became Chief Instructor of the International Kyokushin Headquarters school -"Honbu" Dojo- in Tokyo.
In 1981 and 1982 he took 3rd place in the All Japan Open Karate Championships.
In 1983 he took 8th place at the same event.
In 1984 in the 3rd World Open Karate Tournament he took a remarkable 3rd place and became famous worldwide for his amazing spirit, strength and determination.
In 1985 and 1986 he won the All Japan Championships.
Also in 1986 successfully completed the ultimate Kyokushin challenge, the "100 Man Kumite" in record time. He became known as a man of "unparalleled genius" in Japan.
In 1987 he became the youngest ever, Champion of the World.
In May 1992 he opened his own school in Asakusa, Tokyo and was appointed Branch Chief by Sosai Mas Oyama.
In 1994 Sosai Mas. Oyama passed away, leaving the Directorship of the worldwide organization to Matsui, who then became "Kancho"(Director).

Shokei Matsui's record

Year

Event

Result

1980

12 th All Japan Tournament

4 th

1981

13 th All Japan Tournament

3 rd

1982

14 th All Japan Tournament

3 rd

1983

15 th All Japan Tournament

8 th

1984

3 rd World Tournament

3 rd

1985

17 th All Japan Tournament

1 st

1986

18 th All Japan Tournament

1 st

1986

100 Man Kumite

record time

1987

4 th World Tournament

1 st



„Matsui is one of the greatest technicians Kyokushin has ever produced. His timing is so extraordinary that it enables him to counter his opponents with knockout techniques such as his favourite jodan mawashi geri and ushiro mawashi geri to gain ippon. „