"I have learned the fundamentals as a human being rather than techniques of Karate-do".

"The style of Genseiryu Karate-do is achieving good results not only in the martial arts, but also in competition, which was proved in 1978 by Ryuji Sugita who became a kumite finalist in the +70 kg All Japan Championship. In my opinion these facts proof that the style of Genseiryu Karate-do has matured".

This is an interview with Kiyohiko Tosa, the first son of Kunihiko Tosa. He is a member of the Japanese National Team and as such attended the World Karate-do Championship under WKF in October 2000 as a member of the kumite team.

Kiyohiko Tosa of profile
Born on March 9th, 1977 in Asaka of the Saitama prefecture, first son of Kunihiko Tosa, who is the president of Genseiryu Butokukai. In his early childhood he started to learn Genseiryu Karate-do and moved to Iwate prefecture in his high school days thus leaving his parents.

During his high school days his genius flourished under the guidance of Kanji Sasaki sensei of the Shito-ryu. Later during his Economics and Law University days in Osaka, he was guided by Yoshiyuki Osada sensei and achieved good results, such as winning the first place in the plus 80 kg category at the 53rd National Sports Festival in Kanagawa as well as finishing 3rd in the 4th Asian Karate-do Championship. He has devoted himself to training to become an instructor under the Genseiryu Butokukai.

Kiyohiko: I learned the fundamentals to become a complete human being strictly, before learning the basic techniques, as I started Genseiryu in my childhood. "The parents have an obligation to bring up their children to become respected adults", my father told me over and over. This is the same thing at the dojo. I was strictly taught how to take off my shoes before entering the dojo, behaving myself not making any trouble for others, not breaking the rules of society as well as addressing other with propriety. These would be the first things one would notice when entering the dojo.

Kiyohiko: I have trained under many instructors after my high school days, but I learned Genseiryu until junior high school. Figuratively speaking, Genseiryu is my basic framework formed through the teachings of these persons.

Because of this being my background, I should not talk about the techniques of Genseiryu here. Through the little experience I have obtained, it is my opinion that of course there are differences between the various styles of Karate-do, but I have also experienced that the strictness while learning is the same in all the styles, just as Budo has been handed down gazing from teacher to student since the old days.

I believe that the process of a strict way to train oneself is the true way of devoting yourself into learning karate-do as well as putting it into practical use. Through thetraining of karate-do in this way, I believe that you can improve both your technique and your mentality.

Kiyohiko: As Genseiryu is an existing organization and thus part of this society, its condition at this point in time is important:
How should it be.
Where is should be aiming.
Which kind of role it should take on in order to make achievements.
What kind of persons are involved?

I believe that I have to be clear on these issues. The reason for attending a lot of tournaments is that this is one way to let the society know which kinds of ambitions or ideas Genseiryu has. I would like to bring the values of my experiences, which I have learned through my membership of the Japanese National Team as well as the World Karate-do Championship, on to the next generations. Personally, it was easy to set up my goals, as a lot of top-ranking seniors such as Marutani sempai, Sugita sempai, Motohashi sempai and Shimozono sempai, who had achieved good results at many tournaments, was training at the dojo. Even though it would have been a joke, it was good mental support when they backed me up and convinced me that I could win the World Karate-do Championship.

My personal ambition is to win the first prize as an individual player at the World Karate-do Championship.
Expanding the style of Genseiryu Karate-do is an issue, which Kunihiko Tosa has been concerned with since the early period after the break with his teacher. It was a difficult path, which lay before him, as the JKF was trying to expand their official qualification system in the world of karate-do under the JKF.

When examinations for dan-grades, was held under the JKF, the examiners had no knowledge of the Genseiryu Kata. This situation was very hard for the examiners, as they could not decide weather or not the player had enough ability to pass.

In the year of 1962, Kunihiko Tosa established his organization with only 3 dojos, but nowadays, it has expanded to 62 domestic branches and 59 branches in 11 countries.

There are so many athletes who have achieved great results during this period of time, but here we shall introduce only a few:

Yukiyoshi Marutani
1978 3rd Asian Pacific Championship Team Kumite 1st place
1978 6th All Japan Championship Individual kumite excellent performance
1979 1st Japan-France Goodwill Championship Individual kata 3rd place
1980 5th World Championship Team kumite 4th place
1980 1st World Games Individual kumite +70 kg 3rd place

Ryuji Sugita
1978 6th All Japan Championship Individual kumite +70 kg 1st place
1981 36th National Sports Festival Individual kumite +75 kg 4th place

Akihiro Motohashi
1978 6th All Japan Championship High school boys kumite 3rd place
1985 39th National Sports Festival Individual kumite +75 kg 1st place
1986 8th World Championship Individual kumite +80 kg 1st place
1987 2nd Word Cup Individual kumite +80 kg 4th place
1987 1st Japan-Brazil Goodwill Championship Individual kumite 1st place
1988 7th Asian Pacific Championship Individual kumite +80 kg 1st place
1989 3rd World Cup Individual kumite +80 kg 2nd place
1989 8th Asian Pacific Championship Individual kumite +80 3rd place

Masashi Imano
1991 3rd Asian Pacific Junior Championship 18 years kumite 3rd place

Yuka Fukui
1993 High School Sports Festival Women's kumite 1st place
1993 21st All Japan Championship Women's kumite 4th place
1993 1st Asian Championship Women's kumite +53 kg 3rd place

Yukiko Sasa
1996 52nd National Sports Festival Boys & girls kumite 2nd place
1996 3rd Asian Junior Championship 16 years kumite 1st place
1996 High School Sports Festival Women's kumite 2nd place
1997 High School Selected Sports Festival Women's kumite 3rd place
1997 High School Sports Festival Women's kumite 1st place
1997 6th Japan Junior Team Int. Goodwill Championship 17years kumite 1st place

Kiyohiko Tosa
1997 53rd National Sports Festival Individual kumite +80 kg 2nd place
1999 4th Asian Championship Individual kumite +80 kg 3rd place