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Masafumi Suzuki



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Masafumi Suzuki began his training at the age of 7. He would ultimately attain a fifth degree black belt in Kokondo Judo, an eight degree in both Kendo and Iaido, a ninth dan in Jujutsu, and a tenth degree in Goju Ryu karate, heading his own Seibukan organization. He studyed under Chojun Miyagi and Ei'ichi Miyazato, as well as Kanken Toyama.

He graduated from the University of Chuo and served as a prosecuting attorney in the city of Kyoto for 17 years. He later worked as a reporter, and built what was at that time the largest budo school in the world in Kyoto in 1969. He served as General Secretary of the All Japan Karate Federation under M. Sasagawa Sensei.

As of 1990, he had branch schools in 38 countries, and held the worlds record for tile breaking, going through 32 of them.

He was always well-known in his native Japan, but came to the attention of the rest of the world in 1979 when he served as referee in the Ali vs. Loki match in 1979. He later conducted full-contact tournaments under the World Professional Fighting banner, and was also involved in shootboxing. One of his students, Ceasar Takeshi, became the All-Japan Shootboxing Champion
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He was always well-known in his native Japan, but came to the attention of the rest of the world in 1979 when he served as referee in the Ali vs. Loki match in 1979. He later conducted full-contact tournaments under the World Professional Fighting banner, and was also involved in shootboxing. One of his students, Ceasar Takeshi, became the All-Japan Shootboxing Champion.

He was decorated by the governments of Korea and China for his achievments. He died on October 11, 1991 at the age of 63.