Sensei Taiji Kase was born on the 9th February 1929. He began his
karate training in 1944, at this time he already had experience in
kendo, aikido and judo, gaining his 2nd dan in judo in that same year.
At the age of 15, after meeting with Gichin Funakoshi, Sensei Kase was
taken on as a student at the Shotokan dojo. During his time at the
Shotokan, Sensei Kase was taught by many different instructors,
including Yoshitaka Funakoshi.
In 1946, Sensei Kase gained Shodan
(1st dan) in karate-do and then in 1949, Sandan (3rd dan). At this time
he was captain of the karate team at Senshu university, where he later
graduated in march 1951 with a degree in economic science.
Sensei Kase had always wanted to be a professional Karate teacher, so
to achieve this goal he joined the JKA (Japanese Karate Association).
In 1964, he left Japan to teach in countries all around the world. These
included South Africa, the USA, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and in
1967, France, where he settled permanently in Paris.
In 1986, Sensei Kase decided to close his Paris dojo to resume travelling around the world to teach.
Sadly, Sensei Taiji Kase passed away in Paris on the 24th November
2004, he was an inspiration to all his students around the world and
will be greatly missed.
Articles of Interest
Tribute to Sensei Kase
The Influence of Kase Sensei on Shotokan since 1964
1997 - Interview conducted by Pascal Petrella (Müllheim, Germany)
2000 - Interview conducted by Graham Noble (Hasselt, Belgium)
2001 - Interview conducted by Budo International magazine
2002 - Interview conducted by Jarmo Niiranen (Tampere, Finland)