Master Hisatomi was born Mitsui-gun, Fukuoka
Prefecture in 1927.
April 1947 Enrolled in Toyo University and joined
Karatedo Club. (Appointed as the Karatedo Club
Captain in 1951)
March 1953 Graduated from Toyo University, Literature
April 1953 Became a teacher at Kurume Commercial
October 1953 Established Karatedo Club of Kurume
Commercial High School and started teaching karate.
November 1955 Involved in the act for the separation
of High School Division from the All Kyushu Student
Federation. (Forerunner of Kyushu University Federation.
At that time, both high schools and universities
were included in the same Federation.) Endeavored
to enrich the organization as a chief secretary
and a chief judge. Founded `All Kyushu High School
Karatedo Federation and served as an officer.
October 1958 Involved in the foundation of Fukuoka
High School Federation and held the First Championship
of the Foundation. Endeavored to enlarge and enrich
the organization as a chief judge and a chief
April 1959 Founded Japan Karatedo Federation
Shito-kai Kurume Branch.
October 1968 Involved in the foundation of Fukuoka
Karatedo Federation. As the representative from
Shitokai, became the member of the board and acted
as a standing director.
In the end of 1978 After the High School Karatedo
Club joined the Kyushu High School Gymnastic Association,
resigned the member of the board, and endeavored
to teach the younger generation. Also acted as
the member of Consultation committee, the director
and the standing director, and also as the member
of standing committee of Technical Center, the
first class qualification judge, the domestic
referee and the international referee. Raised
many karate athletes, acting as a leader in both
administrative and technical fields as a Shitokai
March 1979 JKF 8 Dan.
March 1989 Retired from Principal of Kurume Commercial
High School in Kurume City at the age limit.
March 1992 Received the Distinguished Service
in Sports Field Prize from Fukuoka Gymnastic Association.
March 1997 Became Hanshi of Japan Karatedo Federation.
April 1997 Installed as President of Fukuoka
October 1997 Became Hanshi of Japan Karatedo
Federation Shito Kai.
June 1999 to present Counselor of Japan Karatedo
January 2000 Japan Karatedo Federation Shito-kai
February 2001 Chairman of the board of Directors
and Active President of Japan Karatedo Federation
January 2002 Received the Japan Martial Arts
Distinguished Service Medal at the ceremony held
at Nippon Budo Kan.
March 2003 Resigned from President of Fukuoka
February 2004 to president President of Japan
Kartedo Federation Shito-kai.
Hisatomi Sensei recall the days with Master
It was around 1950 that I started to learn karate
under master Kenwa Mabuni, who was already in
his later years. The name of master Mabuni's school
was "Yoshukan". It looked like the room,
not so spacious, of a normal private house.
Master Mabuni sat straight and calm on the master's
seat at the front, without stirring. Sometimes
he looked to be asleep. But, watching my practice,
he would rise up and come to me calmly and show
me right ways with great care, with easy explanations.
He spoke with a slightly provincial accent and
was very affectionate to all.
One match with master Mabuni is unforgettable:
Master Mabuni was standing naturally with his
hands down and told me to attack. He was of slight
build and appeared to be so old. So, I felt hesitation
in my attack. I made oizuki to the master, but
master Mabuni dodged a little saying no it's not
strong enough. After repeating the same things
several times, I became serious and made an attack
with all my power. He dodged it lightly and was
already in the position to counterattack. I was
truly surprised by how master Mabuni held himself
so flexibly and lightly.
The forms and techniques I learned from master
Mabuni, and those praised by the master, come
to me ever stronger with time. They are my favorite