Kaicho Tezuka and Tezuka Group
Kaicho Toru Tezuka passed away
March 2, 1942 - January 5, 2017
Passing at his home in January 5, 2017.
KAICHO Toru Tezuka was born on March 2nd, 1942, in Tokyo, Japan. His sister, Masako, became Sosai Oyama’s
secretary while she was a college student. Toru Tezuka first heard of Mas Oyama in 1956, as Sosaï's bare hand
fights against bulls made the newspapers and television. Toru Tezuka met Mas Oyama the first time in 1960
when he was in college. They became best friends.Sosai soon encouraged Toru Tezuka to join the Kyokushin
Kaikan, but Toru Tezuka was too busy doing extracurricular activities. In 1964, after graduation,
Toru Tezuka became a business man as well as an industrial design. He finally answered Sosaï's call and
started as one of his students in 1973. After Sosai gave him orders to attend the general meetings,
Toru Tezuka also joined the Kyokushin Kaikan as a committee member of the Organization. In 1974,
Toru Tezuka established the first dojo at Chiba according to Sosai Oyama's principles and started his teaching.
Toru Tezuka received the rank of Shodan from Mas Oyama in August 1976. He organized the first tournament in
Chiba in 1979. Many talented fighters participated in this tournament, including Matsui ( current IKO1 President),
a student of the Tezuka dojo. Matsui studied with Toru Tezuka for 13 years. Over the course of the following years, Toru Tezuka became a Shihan at Kyokushin Kaikan, established
12 dojos in the Chiba Prefecture, and held another 10 tournaments in Chiba.
After the sudden death of Sosai Oyama on April 26th , 1994, the Kyokushin KaiKan organization went into chaos
in Japan and worldwide. Mas Oyama had leftno testament or official instructions regarding his successor as head
of the organization, and the ongoing disputes and divisions within the organization greatly troubled the elder Shihans
in Japan. After several years of consultation, the council of elder Shihans in Japan chose to elect Toru Tezuka as
the head of the International Kyokushin-Kai Karate Organization Sohonbu Kyokushinkaikan and asked him to continue Sosai's work.
They felt Shihan Tezuka was the most representative of what they wished the International Karate Organization to become.
Toru Tezuka was a wise man, very sincere and honest, and he had been Mas Oyama's closest friend for well over
30 years. Now a highly respected businessman and influential man in Japan,
Toru Tezuka was open-minded and understood the trends that would allow Kyokushin-kai Karate to develop
worldwide in Sosaï's spirit, without deviating from its fundamental mission.