Malcolm Dorfman Shihan
Founder and Chief Instructor
Founder and Chief Instructor - Budo Karate International (BKI)
Assistant Chief Instructor - Karatenomichi World Federation (KWF)
Chief Instructor - Karatenomichi South Africa (KWF SA)
African Continent Director - World Shotokan Karate-do Association (WSKA)
Malcolm Dorfman Sensei was born in Johannesburg on 31 March 1947. His Martial Art experience which includes Karate, Judo and Kendo extends over more than 50 years. After three years of Judo between the ages of 11 to 14 years, he recommenced Judo training at the University of Pretoria Judo Club under Eddie Dorey Sensei at the age of 17 and the following year (1966) joined the University of Witwatersrand Judo Club where he captained the Wits Judo team.
At that time, he joined the University karate club and a few months later, the JKA dojo of Stan Schmidt Sensei. He made rapid progress, and in 1970 was selected for the very first Springbok (national) team to tour overseas. In 1978, after being chosen as the Springbok captain, he retired from the team, but still competed internationally on a selective basis for several years thereafter.
He went abroad many times to train with karate masters all over the world, inter alia, M. Nakayama Sensei and the instructors of JKA headquarters in Tokyo, H. Nishiyama Sensei (Los Angeles), H. Kanazawa Sensei (Tokyo), T. Kase Sensei (Paris), H. Shirai Sensei (Milan), K. Enoeda Sensei (London), H. Ochi Sensei (Bottrop), and especially M. Tanaka Sensei (both in Japan and when Tanaka Sensei was resident in Copenhagen).
Malcolm Dorfman Sensei was well known in the famous "Hornets' Nest", the elite instructors class of the original Japan Karate Association, before it fragmented. From 1974, when he first trained there as a 3rd Dan, up till 1993, he had been to Japan almost 20 times, and trained in the "Hornets' Nest" each time for an extended period.
In 1986 he was awarded 6th Dan by M. Nakayama Shihan, the late Chief Instructor of the Japan Karate Association making him the holder of the highest Dan level awarded to a non-Japanese during the lifetime of M. Nakayama Shihan, who died in 1987. He also achieved the highest status qualifications given by the Japan Karate Association to a non-Japanese, which are A-class International Instructor, A-class International Judge and A-class International Examiner and was elected to the International Shihankai (Master Panel) of the Nakahara JKA.
From 1993 till 1999, Malcolm Dorfman Sensei was a member of the Asai JKA, where he was graded to 7th Dan by a panel headed by Asai Sensei in February 1994. However, in 1999, after the Japanese High Court ruled in favour of the Nakahara JKA with regard to title to the name Shadan Hojin Nihon Karate Kyokai (Japan Karate Association), the former Asai JKA organisation split into three, with Asai Sensei forming the Japan Karate Shotokai (JKS), Abe Sensei forming the Japan Shotokan Karate Association (JSKA) and Yahara Sensei forming the Karatenomichi World Federation (KWF).
Malcolm Dorfman Sensei opted to go with the Karatenomichi World Federation. After undergoing a lengthy and arduous grading examination held the day prior to the 2000 Karatenomichi World Championships in Cardiff, Wales, he was awarded the rank of 8th Dan KWF by the Japanese Master Panel (International Shihankai) under Yahara Sensei making him the only non-Japanese in the world to hold the KWF rank of 8th Dan. In addition, at that time, he was appointed as a member of the original 3-man Supreme Master Board (Saiko-Shihankai) of the Karatenomichi World Federation, the first and at that time, the only non-Japanese to hold this status. The other two members were Yahara Sensei and Isaka Sensei, the other two 8th Dan holders in KWF.
Malcolm Dorfman Sensei also holds the title of KWF Assistant World Chief Instructor jointly with Isaka Sensei.
Malcolm Dorfman Sensei is the Chief Instructor and official representative of the Karatenomichi World Federation in South Africa and operates the South African branch under the name of Karatenomichi South Africa. Karatenomichi South Africa also has membership with the World Shotokan Karatedo Association (WSKA) where he was appointed as WSKA Director for the African Continent and is one of the three members of the WSKA Technical Board and one of five members of the WSKA Referee Commission.
In 2012 Malcolm Dorfman Sensei founded the Budo Karate International (BKI). BKI is a Shotokan organisation catering for authentic Karatedo & Karatejitsu exponents worldwide. The principle of Shojiki (integrity) is an integral aspect of the organisation's philosophy. His purpose in founding this organisation was to maintain and preserve the Budo aspect, original values, traditions and ethos of the Martial Art of Karate while continually evolving by means of incorporating correct, scientific and safe modern exercise technology while continually researching the origins of karate. In February 2013, Budo Karate International was opened to the international karate community.Malcolm Dorfman Sensei introduced Kendo into South Africa in 1985, and through his efforts the South African Kendo Federation was established. Due to his extensive karate commitments, he eventually handed over the reins to his senior kendo students.
In his spare time, Malcolm Dorfman Sensei likes to read American and British historical novels, and novels about feudal Japan. He is an avid alpine skier, and spends the end of the year vacation skiing in the American Rockies. He is also a keen soccer fan and an ardent Manchester United supporter.
SOUTH AFRICAN SPORT MERIT AWARDS
For own sporting achievements (1978)
AWARDED BY THE STATE PRESIDENT
For coaching achievements (1981)
AWARDED BY THE STATE PRESIDENT
8th Dan KaratenoMichi in 2000
Highest Dan level ever awarded to a Westerner by a major official Japanese Shotokan organisation. Also the youngest and only Westerner to pass this examination at the first attempt.
7th Dan JKA Shotokan in 1994
Highest Dan level ever awarded to a Westerner by the Japan Karate Association (Asai faction).
6th Dan JKA Shotokan in 1986
Highest Dan level ever awarded to a Westerner by M. Nakayama Shihan, the late Chief Instructor of the Japan Karate Association. (Shadan Hojin Nihon Karate Kyokai - prior to the split).
PERSONAL KARATE SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS:
Member of the Springbok team for 9 years, commencing in 1970 and Springbok captain in 1978.
Chief Referee of South Africa for 12 years, commencing 1982
National Coach of the first ever Protea team in 1993.
International Championship achievements:
Winner of several international titles in a competition career that spanned 27 years (1967 to 1993)
South African All-Styles Karate:
Founder member of first official non-racial all-styles karate organisation in South Africa (KASA) in 1993
Awarded 8th Dan by KASA for technical contribution to the development of karate in South Africa.
Former National Executive Member for more than 2 decades.
Former official Technical Director for more than 2 decades.
Status in Japan & Worldwide:
Founder and World Chief Instructor of Budo Karate International.
Assistant World Chief Instructor of Karatenomichi World Federation (KWF).
Member of the Karatenomichi World Federation 'Saiko-Shihankai' (Supreme Master Panel) - one of the original three members.
Holds the highest rank ever awarded to a Western member of a Japanese Shotokan mainline association.
Awarded the rank of A-class Instructor, A-class Examiner & A-class Judge by the Japan Karate Association (JKA Asai faction) in 1994.
Re-awarded the rank of A-class Instructor, A-class Examiner & A-class Judge by the KWF on its inception in 1999.
Appointed as World Cup Supervisor at the KWF World Cup in 2002-2011.
Appointed by the World Shotokan Karate-do Association (WSKA) as African Continent Director in 2001.
Member of the WSKA Referee Qualifications Panel for the World Championship in 2005.
Appointed by the World Shotokan Karate-do Association (WSKA) to the 5-man Referees Commission in 2013.