Hiroshi Shirai with some students in Innsbruck, October 2009
31 July 1937 |
|Teacher(s)||Masatoshi Nakayama, Hidetaka Nishiyama, Taiji Kase, Motokuni Sugiura|
|Rank||10th dan karate (ISKA, ITKF)|
|Notable students||Giuseppe Possenti, fr:Roberto Fassi, Carlo Fugazza, Enzo Montanari, Rosario Capuana, Bruno De Michelis, Luigi Zoia, Nino Tammaccaro, Luciano Parisi, Bruno Baleotti, Ennio Falsoni, Giuseppe Beghetto, Rossano Ruffini, Tiziana Rizzo, Dario Marchini, Alessandro Cardinale, Pino Presti, Michela Turci, Bernardo Contarelli, Maurizio Marangoni, Massimo Abate, Claudio Ceruti, Silvio Campari, Nando Balzarro, Giorgio Gazich, Nazario Moffa, Matteo Leone|
Hiroshi Shirai (白井 寛 Shirai Hiroshi, born July 31, 1937) is a Japanese master of Shotokan karate. He is the founder of the Istituto Shotokan Italia, a subdivision of FIKTA (the Italian Traditional Karate Association) and of the SCI (Shotokan Cultural Institute, formerly WSI - World Shotokan Institute). Shirai holds the title of Shihan and is responsible for taking the dan examinations within SCI and, together with Carlo Fugazza, for those within the FIKTA.
After a world trip to promote karate together with Taiji Kase, Hirokazu Kanazawa, and Keinosuke Enoeda to Europe, South Africa, and the United States of America, he settled in Milan, Italy in 1965. Under his tutelage the Italian karate flourished and many titles went to his students.
Shirai feels that the self-defence (goshindo) aspect of Shotokan karate has been too much in the shadow of kumite and kata. Although he practised karate for self-defence initially, he focussed on kumite for a few years until moving to Europe. He started refocussing on self-defence and its incorporation in the practise of shotokan karate.
During the last years Shirai has given special goshindo oriented stages in Europe often together with Claudio Ceruti, Massimo Abate, and Angelo Torre.
Shirai received the following dan ranks: 1st - 1957; 2nd - 1959; 3rd - 1961; 4th - unknown year; 5th - 1964; 6th - 1969; 7th - 1974; 8th - 1986, 9th - 1999. His current rank, 10th dan, he received in 2011.