and began this martial art at the young age of 16. Today I wear the 7th Dan. Every day I train with heart and soul and call karate an integral part of my way of life and at the same time my great passion and attitude towards life. My interest in Zen has existed almost as long as my love for karate.
and now live in Germany for over 35 years. Over the years I participated in various competitions in the disciplines Kata and Kumite. In 1979 I passed my 1st Dan exam in Sicily, Italy. In the same year, together with two friends, we founded our first Judo and Karate Dōjō. I also gained my experience in the martial arts of Jūjutsu, Judo, Taijiquan, Aikidō and Iaidō. Later, I integrated various elements of these into my own Karate-dō. In 2000, I published my first work as a karate book author. In the year 2001 Klaus Späth and I founded the Karate-Dōjō Taikikan in Germany. Our karate school practices shōtōkan karate and belongs to the German Karate Association (DKV) and at the same time to the World Karate Federation (WKF). In 2014, I was named a millennium instructor at the world karate championships in Bremen. As a guest lecturer, I was also allowed to lead courses on the topic of "teaching values through karate".
because over the years I have published nine karate books in five different languages and today I also offer various other karate products. Driven by the desire to share my knowledge, experience and values with karateka of all levels, to help them reach their full potential as karateka and thereby improve their quality of life. The Shōtōkan Kata series, also fondly titled "the black books", are considered the standard works for all Shōtōkan karateka in the field of kata in German-speaking countries – which fills me with great pride. Several decades of experience as a karateka as well as my work as the owner of an agency with a publishing house, photographer and graphic designer formed the basis for the realization of my publications. My books are characterized by my attention to detail and passion for the discipline, which are reflected in the content and detailed illustrations drawn by me.
throughout Germany and from 2023 also in other European countries. In addition, I offer online karate sessions and individual online coaching for karateka who want to optimize their karate, deepen or specifically deal with the philosophy behind it. The exchange with like-minded people is always fulfilling for me and also offers me the opportunity to change my perspective and expand my knowledge.