World champion in 2012 with the Japan Kata team, N°23 in the world ranking, Koji Arimoto, 3rd Dan, is not only a talented competitor, he is also a great Sensei in the making. At 26 years old, he is an instructor at the JKS Honbu Dojo (Japan Karate Shoto Federation). His Karate debut, his meeting with Sensei Sugimori, 8th Dan, and Shihan Kagawa, 8th Dan, his brilliant athletic career, his future… Koji Arimoto is speaking…
Koji Arimoto is 3 years old when he walks for the 1st time on a Karate mat in an Okayama-shi Dojo, in Southern Japan, on the shore of the Seto Inland Sea. The Dojo is held by Sensei Sugimori Kichinosuke, 9th Dan. Recognized by his peers as a very great Sensei, Sugimori won twice the „All Japan“ in Kata. In 1975, he developed the Shushukan school, “those who practice excellence”.
What is your Sensei model ?
I would say Sugimori Sensei. Kagawa Shihan is a great Sensei. He got me and still gets me a lot of thing, but Sugimori Sensei is and will remain my first Sensei and my model. I met him very young and he is a very strong Sensei, technically and pedagogically speaking. He is still for me a daily inspiration.
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