An exciting series of events will take place in Heraklion of Crete, Greece, between the 14th and 19th of October 2014!

The SSU (Shito-ryu Shukokai Union), which is the World governing body for Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai Karatedo, will have its 2014 “Yamada Cup” held in Heraklion of Crete, Greece, for the celebration of 10 years of SSU Greece and 30 years of our “Karaiskakis Karate dojo“, which is also the headquarters of SSU Greece.

For this celebration, SSU Greece have worked very hard to prepare a Budo festival that will include the 2014 World Cup of the union, entitled “Yamada Cup” and a series of seminars in Karate, Iaido and Kobudo. Seminars will mainly be lead by the highest in grade instructors of the SSU, assisted by numerous high-ranked instructors from all over the world. More specifically:

Karate seminars will be lead by:


 Sensei Haruyoshi YAMADA, 10th Dan (Japan)

Honorary President, Shito-ryu Shukokai Union.
8th Dan Hanshi Japan Karate-Do Federation Supreme Judge
President West Japan Workers Karate-Do Federation
Game Director, Japan Society for Physical Culture
Japanese Olympic Committee representative for Inagawa


 Sensei Tsutomu KAMOHARA, 9th Dan (Japan)

Vice President, Shito-ryu Shukokai Union



 Sensei Sueo SAKITANI, 8th Dan (Japan)
Vice Chairman, Shito-ryu Shukokai Union



 Sensei Denis CASEY, 8th Dan (UK)
Vice Precident, Shito-ryu Shukokai Union
Technical Director, Shito-ryu Shukokai Union UK



Iaido seminars will be lead by:


 Ioannis PAPADOPOULOS, 4th Dan  (Greece)



Kobudo seminars will be lead by:


 Sensei Nikolaos KARAISKAKIS, 6th Dan SSU (Greece)
 Vice President, Shito-ryu Shukokai Union Greece





The events will mainly last from the 15th up to the 19th of October, in a full schedule including seminars, dan gradings and the “Yamada World Cup”. Officials of the city’s authorities will be invited for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the world cup.


An expected participation of at least 300 competitors is expected from all over the world. So far, applicants have registered from Austria, Botswana, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the USA and Wales, although more are expected. A crowd of approximately 1.000 spectators is expected to attend to the stadium, according to previously organised events.

Participants can register online through the SSU Online Tournaments & Events Registration System: