Karate Dojo in Florence
March 1971 - March 2021
This year we celebrate 50 years of activity, since in 1971 the Master Piero Borgenni started the first dojo in Florence.
Unfortunately, the idea of organizing a demonstration to celebrate the event at the moment has been postponed until the circumstances related to the covid emergency allow it. It will be also an opportunity to see again those who have been part of our dojo over the years.
Keep following us to find out when and how we will be able to organize ourselves!
The name Yurikukai means "Karate Club del Giglio, identifying the Florentine gym with the name of the flower symbol of Florence.
It is a traditional Shotokan Karate school, where the tradition of art prevails over competitive practice.
The Yurikukai was born in 1971 by Master Piero Borgenni.
Karate as we practice it today has recent origins: only at the beginning of this century, thanks above all to Master Gichin Funakoshi, karate is known outside Japan. Before that date in fact, the practice of karate was handed down in secret and in anyway never in writing, but only through a series of coded exercises, the KATA and only to a small and select group of students.
Master: Alessandro Gentile
He started karate in 1983 with Master Piero Borgenni at the Yurikukai, dojo to which he is still attached, passionately pursuing tradition and love for this ancient martial art with the same spirit transmitted by his Master. Since 2006 he has been a private member at SKIF's Hombu Dojo (Shotokan Karate International Federation), in Japan, after meeting Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa, founder of SKIF, and Shuseki Shihan Manabu Murakami in 2003, to the latter still linked, as well as by a deep esteem, also by a sincere friendship, consolidated over the years during the numerous trainings.
-1st Dan in 1989
- 2nd Dan in 2003
- 3rd Dan in 2007
- 4th Dan in 2012