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Presentation of Shitokai

Our story

As one of the most comprehensive styles of karate, Shito-ryu is a widespread sport in the martial arts scene. 

Shitoryu is one of the four main styles of Karate-Do (unarmed martial arts) practiced today. A fast, powerful, but also soft, relaxed and above all natural style. 

As the only association in Austria, we were given the honor to be entered in the

"List of Representatives of Member Countries and their Contacts"
from the book of the Japan Karatedo Federation Shitokai.

The related "Certificate of Affiliation",
was issued by the President of World-Shitoryu-Karate-Federation Hiroshi Murata.

Our training offer is aimed at beginners and advanced users of all ages and goals.
In Shito-Ryu Karate, a harmonious full-body training takes place.
concentrationcoordination and physical movement are in the foreground.

Karate can be practiced as a balancing sport, for weight loss, or as a competitive sport.

Our special focus is placed on playful training for children from the age of 4 years.
All clubs usually train twice a week.

The Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Shitokai style was brought to Austria back in 1995 by Sensei Drago Mezga and established here in the clubs mentioned on the website.

The merger of the clubs in the Austrian Shitō-Ryū Karate-Do Shitokai Association in 2015 and the participation in the World Shitoryu Karatedo World Championship in Mexico in 2016 by our karateka are the preliminary highlights of the association.

Our Senseis

Kyoshi Shoko Sato, 8th dan

8th Dan, Vicepresident of the WSKF

Manuel Strommer

1st Dan


Shihan Bogdan Lipic

7th Dan

Elias Strommer

1st Dan

Sensei Drago Mezga

4th Dan, Founder Shitokai Austria

Gerhard Maier

1st Dan

Shoko Sato

8. Dan, Kyoshi

Master Shoko Sato is considered one of the great masters and pioneers of traditional Japanese karate. Born in Miyagi, Japan in 1945, he began practicing karate as a teenager in the early 1960s under Grandmaster Manzo Iwata, a direct student of founder Kenwa Mabuni. Today, Master Sato continues to travel all over the world teaching karate. He is currently the Pan-American Director of the World Karatedo Shitoryu Organization (WSKF) and one of the youngest and highest ranking 8th Dan black belts in Shitoryu Karate today. Now he has turned his attention to the development of Shitoryu athletes worldwide....

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