About the Founder

Shihan Stiltner in front of Shuri Castle, Okinawa

Shihan Stiltner in front of Shuri Castle, Okinawa

Toku-Kai Founder and Head Instructor Edgar Stiltner began training in the martial arts at the age of 12. He trained with several American martial arts masters in a variety of styles prior to joining the United States Air Force in 1973.

While in the Air Force, Shihan Stiltner trained in Korea (Tae-Kwon-Do) and in Japan (Karate). He then served for six years as the head martial arts instructor for Chanute Air Force Base in Champaign, Illinois.

In November of 1979, Shihan Stiltner was featured in Black Belt Magazine. He has also been featured in the Who’s Who in American Martial Arts publication as well as the first edition (1986) of Masters, Founders, and Leaders of American Martial Arts.

Shihan Stiltner is the author of The Technical Manual of American Karate (1985) and The Power of Ki (1995) He has also written a number of articles for martial arts publications, including “Deadly ‘Sleeper’ Hold: How and When to Apply It,” co-written with William Rouse, which appeared in the October 1989 edition of Black Belt Magazine.

Shihan Stiltner is a recognized member and Official Advisor of the International Martial Arts Federation (Kokusai Budoin), Okinawa / Japan, and the Yudansha Kobujitsu Karate-Doh Federation, Canada. He is also a ranking member of Seidokan.

In addition to studying Karate-do, Shihan Stiltner studied with Master Katsuo Yamaguchi, 10th Dan in Eishin-ryu Iaido as well as Master Shizuya Sato, 10th Dan in Nihon-Jujutsu.

After his time in the Air Force, Shihan Stiltner continued his martial arts training with Master Shian Toma, the Founder of Seidokan, in Karate-do and Toide until Master Toma’s death in May, 2013. Shihan Stiltner now trains under Master Toma’s successor, Master Tamae.

Shihan Stiltner founded Toku-Kai International in 1983.

Ranks held by Shihan Stiltner:

  • 9th Dan Karate-do
  • 8th Dan Ju-jitsu / Toide
  • Sensei-level Iaido

Toku-Kai (Honbu) location and contact information:

Toku-Kai Family Martial Arts

506 N. Elida

Winnebago, IL 61088

Phone: (815) 335-3118


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