Sensei Velibor Dimitrijevic 7th Dan


Career

Sensei Velibor Dimitrijevic, was a close assistant to the late Taiji Kase Sensei and a founder member of Instructor Academy Shihankai. He is Serbian, born in 1953 and is a Graduate in Mechanical Engineering. He began practicing karate in 1969 and received all his Dan grades from Sensei Taiji Kase.

He had a prodigious competition career over a 15 year period.  From 1974 he was a member Yugoslavia National Team taking part in 3 World Championships, 11 European Championships and 2 World Cups, winning 15 medals across these events, including twice as European Kata Champion

In Yugoslavia he won 22 medals; eight times as kata champion, twice as kumite champion in his weight category and in the open category kumite he took second place once and twice third. In his native Serbia he was Champion in the open category kumite and kata champion for 10 consecutive years.

At the end of 15 years he gave up competition to focus on re-developing his karate in the style of Kase Sensei who had been his inspiration from the beginning. He assisted Kase Sensei in teaching across many countries.

At this time Sensei Dimitrijevic quit his highly paid job as Technical director in an engineering company and moved to Athens in Greece to become a full time Karate teacher. He still lives there today although he travels widely abroad to teach his unique Vebodo System which he has developed directly from Kase Sensei’s teachings. He now leads a dedicated group of senior karate instructors from many countries who travel and train with him on regular basis.

He has produced two excellent videos on Kase ha Karate do, was the subject of an award winning Serbian TV documentary and written two excellent books “Kase Ha Karate-do, The Way Beyond” and “Tanden” (due out in 2021).