White Crane Karate School - World Shoseikan Karate-Do

                   Katsutoshi Ishihara 9th Dan

Kancho Ishihara was born in Chiba, Japan. He started learning Karate in 1963 under
Grandmaster Gogen
Yamaguchi, one of the most famous Karate teachers of modern times. Through his natural talent, discipline and hard work, Kancho Ishihara achieved the Black Belt 3rd Dan in 1968 and became an Instructor of the All-Japan Karate-Do Goju-Kai. In the same year, he established the first Shoseikan Dojo in his hometown of Chiba, Japan. Since 1971, Kancho has travelled around the world promoting Goju-Ryu Karate. He has branches in Hong Kong, England, Canada, India, Taiwan and the United States. Today, there are over 50 Shoseikan Dojo throughout the world.

1963    Started learning Goju-Ryu Karate with Gogen Yamaguchi
1968    Made an Instructor of All-Japan Karate-Do Goju-Kai HQ
1968    Established Shoseikan in Chiba, Japan                    
1971    Achieved 4th Dan  All-Japan Karate-Do Goju-Kai 
1975    Achieved 5th Dan  All-Japan Karate-Do Goju-Kai  
1978    Achieved 6th Dan  All-Japan Karate-Do Goju-Kai         
2002    Achieved 8th Dan  All-Japan Goju-Ryu Karate-do Ass 
2006    Achieved 9th Dan  All-Japan Goju-Ryu Karate-do Ass                  
Level A Instructor           All-Japan Karate-Do Union Goju-Kai
Permanent Director         All-Japan Karate-Do Union Goju-Ka
Assistant HQ Chief          All-Japan Karate-Do Union Goju-Kai 
                                          (Kanto area)
Director                            Chiba Province Karate-Do Union
Advisor                             Chiba Province Karate-Do Union
Director                            Sosa City Karate-Do Union     
Chief Representative      All-Japan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Ass
Director                            World Shoseikan Karate-Do