Koichi Sugimura is head of the Swiss Karatedo Renmei (a Swiss karate association) and official representative of the Japan Karate Association in Europe. He carries the 8th Dan and is therefore the highest Dan carrier in Switzerland.
He trained as a student of Hirokazu Kanazawa during his law studies at Keiō University (where he later also taught) until he emigrated in the mid 60s. First he lived in Canada. Later he went to Germany, where he taught karate at the University of Freiburg. There he got to know Swiss Karatekas, who often trained in Freiburg. Later he gave more and more trainings in Switzerland, where he finally settled down. In addition to his trainer and association activities, he represented Switzerland as a Karateka in international competitions.
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