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Eric van der Gracht

Black belt 7th dan F.F.K. (Fédération Francophone de Karaté)

Mastership in Psychological and Pedagogical Sciences (ULB)

Karate Instructor since 1984


Martial arts and Karate experience

  • 1966 to 1973 : Judo practice under the direction of Robert Plomb in Mons, Frans De Doncker in Antwerp and Mr De Decker in Bruges
  • 1970 to 1971 : Ju-Jutsu practice in Antwerp under the direction of Frans De Donker
  • 1980 to 1995 : Karate practice under the direction of Richard Prospero, in the Sankukai School of Master Nambu followed by the Kenshikan Kusano-ha-shitoryu School of Master Kenji Kusano
  • Since 1995 Karate practice in the Shitoryu School of Master Mabuni represented by Master Hidetoshi Nakahashi and directed in Belgium by Franco Belli
  • Has participated in many individual and team Kumite championships K.C.Ganshoren of Richard Prospero (finals of the Belgian Championship ABK-BKA 1984, 1985 and 1991)
  • Participation in many advanced courses abroad
  • Regular participation in different trainings and clinics of the Shitoryu school as well as of other styles
  • Leads regularly clinics in different Karate clubs
  • Has been involved in different federal positions : FFK and BKF administrator, responsible of different pedagogical commissions and head of the FFK Grading Commission
  • Has trained different FFK and BKF champions, some of them having been member of the Belgian National Team
  • Currently President of the GFK Grading Commission


Hikari Brussels is member of the F.F.K. (Fédération Francophone de Karaté) recognized by :

  • B.K.F. (Belgian Karate Federation)
  • A.D.E.P.S.
  • B.L.O.S.O.
  • E.K.F. (European Karate Federation)
  • W.K.F. (World Karate Federation)
  • B.O.C. (Belgian Olympic Committee)