- Shorinjiryu Karate-do Federation Renshinkan Soke
- 10th Dan Master
- Shorinji Morimasa
- All Japan Shorinjiryu Karate-do Federation chairman
- Internarional Shorinjiryu Karate-do Federation chairman
Soke Iwao Tamotsu, 10th Dan Master, was born in Kagoshima in 1948 as eldest son of the late Isamu Tamotsu.
He became Soke of Shorinjiryu Karate-do Renshinkan in June 2000.
After cumulative trainings and tutelage by his master and father, Iwao Tamotsu mastered the ultimate techniques of Kata and Kumite. His special Embu of Kushanku-no-Kata is the highest summit of Shorinjiryu Seiryu Shichiho (Shorinjiryu Genuine Seven Methods). It is demonstrated ad annual All Japan Championships, and is evaluated as a Kata that has been completed with flamboyance in fierceness. In Kumite, Iwao Tamotsu has mastered various techniques such as: Ushiro-Mawashi-Geri (Back Round Kicks), Renzoku-Mawashi-Geri (Continuous Round Kicks), Nidan-Maswashi-Geri (Two-Step Round Kicks), Sokuto-Kuno-Ji-Geri (Sowrd Foot Kick with Dogleg Jump), Rasen-Shuto-Uchi (Spiral Hand Sword), and Gyappu-Sokuto-Geri (Backlash Sword Foot Kick). These techniques have been feard in the Karate world as ultimate techniques that cannot be defended against.
In 1967, Iwao Tamotsu won the 1st All Japan Shorinjiryu Karate-do Championship, and then began missionary activities. In 1969, at the age of 19, he traveled to the Philippines to coach at the University of Baguio. He also coached in Taipei as the head of the delegation to Taiwan in 1971, as well as coaching in the Dominican Republic and other Central American countries in 1981. Thus he created the basis for the affiliation with Taiwan, Puerto Rico, the Dominical Republic, Panama, and other fine countries.
In recent years, Soke Iwao Tamotsu has been promoting the internationalization of Karate-do by teaching this profoundly spiritual Japanese Budo in Europe, India, and North America. The number of international devotees has increased year by year. The Iwao Tamotsu Foundation International in India has been supporting the education of underprivileged children, as well as actively promoting international exchanges and welfare activities.
We say, “The Essence of Karate-do lies in Kata”. Through a combination of coaching and teaching of Kata, which is performed with flamboyance and speed, Soke Iwao Tamotsu has contributed to the nourishment of children’s mind, techniques and physique. One of Soke Iwao Tamotsu especially distinguished achievements has been spreading Karate-do to children across Japan and molding the abilities of these young “kenshi” (fist fighters).
Soke Iwao Tamotsu is a Grand Master who stands at the forefront due to his outstanding leadership and the ay he strives to further develop the Federation through modernization and internationalization. Soke Iwao Tamotsu, with his fortitude, wit, and extraordinary sensibility, aims at the creation of genuine Karate-do that can contribute peace to the world. He has earned adoration from inside as well as outside the Federation as a Budo Master of the 21st Century who teaches children to hope and dream through the magnificent spirituality of Renshinkan Karate-do.
His works of Japanese calligraphy, painting, and taking photo, which are his hoby, are depicted his high sensibility and expressive ability, and are high evaluated by each specialists. He is awarded many times