Tomasz Piotrkowicz 7th dan battodo– president of the European Budo Association, founder and chief-instructor of Samurai Juku (Samurai School). He received the „shihan” title (martial arts’ professor) from the Japanese masters as the first Pole (in 1994 from International Karate Asso.). In 2012 he received the title „shihan” from two Japanese martial arts federations (in Japanese swordsmanship). In 2014 master Piotrkowicz received from the World Budo Federation the highest title for trainer in martial arts – „hanshi„.
He began ju-jutsu training in 1970 and karate at the age of 15 in 1972, as one of the first and at the same time the youngest in Poland. During studies at the Warsaw University, he co-founded the AZS karate section, at that time he trained Shotokan karate and the Korean Kyoksul style. In 1980 he finished a karate instructor’s course organised for the first time in Poland and held trainings at the Warsaw University. In 1981 he was a referee at the 1st Championships of the Polish Karate Federation. In the course of his second studies at Agricultural University he also founded an AZS karate section there. He has trained many Warsaw instructors from different styles and almost a two hundred owners of black belts in Poland and other countries. He was the president of the Polish Karate Association and 20 years the head of Gosoku-ryu style in Poland and Middle-East Europe. He is now the president of the European Budo Association. He introduced in Poland karate Gosoku-ryu, Japanese swordsmanship battodo and sports chanbara.
Hanshi Piotrkowicz is well known expert of tameshigiri and kobudo. Sixteen years ago he received 5th dan Toyama-ryu battodo . Now he has 9th dan karate, 7th dan battodo and tameshigiri, 6th dan bojutsu, 6th dan so-jutsu, 5th dan tanto-jutsu. He introduced in Poland karate Gosoku-ryu, Japanese swordsmanship battodo and sports chanbara. Master Piotrkowicz is author of many books and video materials) about Japanese martial arts (three books about Japanese swordsmanship).