Shuseki Shihan Manabu Murakami - 8th Dan SKIF

Chief Instructor of Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation

Shuseki Shihan Manabu Murakami 8th Dan SKIF performing Tobi-Geri

Shuseki Shihan Manabu Murakami, currently holding the esteemed rank of 8th Dan, stands as an exemplary figure in Shotokan Karate. Remarkable achievements, dedicated instruction, and a deep commitment to the art have marked the current SKIF Chief Instructor, Shihan Murakami's journey in Karate. 

Early Life and Karate Journey

Born on October 1st, 1966, in Kyushu, Japan, Shihan Manabu Murakami embarked on his Karate journey at nine under JKA instructor Sensei Maruo. His innate talent and dedication to the martial art were evident from the outset. However, his association with Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa would shape his Karate path.

In the 1970s, when Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa founded the Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation (SKIF), Shihan Murakami immediately aligned himself with this renowned organisation. His decision began a lifelong commitment to SKIF and its mission to preserve and propagate traditional Shotokan Karate.

Educational Pursuits and Dedication

Shihan Manabu Murakami's commitment to Karate extended beyond the dojo. At 18, he enrolled at Takushoku University in Tokyo, following in the footsteps of Soke Kanazawa, who had also studied there. This educational pursuit honed his Karate skills and deepened his understanding of the art.

Upon graduation, Shihan Murakami embarked on the two-year SKIF Instructors course at the central SKIF Dojo. His unwavering dedication to Karate and SKIF's principles led him to this prestigious training program, where he continued to refine his technique and knowledge under the guidance of seasoned instructors.

Notable SKIF World Championships Victories

One of the most remarkable aspects of Shihan Manabu Murakami's Karate career is his extraordinary success at the SKIF World Championships. He has clinched the title of World Champion an impressive three times, showcasing his prowess and dedication to the sport:

  • 1st Place Team Kumite & Team Kata - 1988 SKIF World Championships in Utsunomiya, Japan.
  • 1st Place Individual Kumite - 1991 SKIF World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico.
  • 1st Place Team Kumite & Individual Kumite - 1994 SKIF World Championships in Yokohama, Japan.

These victories on the world stage solidify Shihan Murakami's status as a Karate legend and serve as a source of inspiration for aspiring Karateka worldwide.

Teaching Philosophy

Shihan Manabu Murakami's philosophy on Karate reflects his deep love and passion for the martial art. He believes the key to progress in Karate is finding enjoyment and motivation. His words, "You should have fun practising Karate, and if you motivate yourself, you will get better each time," resonate with Karate enthusiasts, emphasising the importance of dedication, enthusiasm, and continuous improvement.


Shuseki Shihan Manabu Murakami's journey in Shotokan Karate embodies excellence, dedication, and a profound commitment to preserving the legacy of SKIF. His exceptional achievements, including three SKIF World Championships, reflect his unwavering dedication to the art. As the current SKIF Chief Instructor, Shihan Murakami continues to inspire and guide Karate practitioners worldwide, ensuring that the principles, values, and techniques of traditional Shotokan Karate remain vibrant and accessible for generations to come.

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