Sensei VELIBOR DIMITRIJEVIC 7DAN
Sensei Velibor Vebo Dimitrijevic, was one of the closest assistants to the late Taiji Kase Sensei. Born in 1953, Sensei Dimitrijevic is a Dipl.-Ing of Mechanical Engineering and began practicing karate in 1969, at the young age of 16.
He was examined by Taiji Kase for all of his qualifications.
From 1974–1987, Sensei Dimitrijevic, was a member of the national team of Former Yugoslavia taking part in 3 World, 11 European Championships and 2 World Cups, winning a total of 15 medals.
In 1981 and 1982 he was a two-time European kata champion, while taking second place three times in 1979, 1983 and 1984, as well as twice third place in 1977 and 1978.
As a member of the kumite team, Sensei Dimitrijevic won two silver medals in 1979 and 1982, and two bronze medals in 1981 and 1986 as a member of kata team.
During the World Championships in 1980 and 1986, Sensei Dimitrijevic, won two bronze medals with the national kata team, while being individually ranked in 5th and 7th position respectively.
In former Yugoslavia he won 22 medals. He was eight times the kata champion and took second place four times in the same category. In his personal weight category, kumite, he was a two-time champion and took second place twice. Furthermore, in the open category kumite he took second place once and twice third.
In his native Serbia he was Champion in the open category kumite, and more than 10 times kata champion consecutively.
The enormously successful sports career did not affect his determination to achieve higher goals than medals. Sensei Dimitrijevic considers an athletic career an unavoidable step towards the exploration and search of the real essence of KarateDo. The ultimate goal should be reaching a level beyond technique and physical power.
At the time when Sensei Dimitrijevic began to practice karate, Shihan Taiji Kase was the Technical Advisor of the Karate Association of Yugoslavia. It was his personal choice to select Sensei Dimitrijevic in the national kumite team to debut in the 1974 European Championship in London.
Sensei Dimitrijevic was also greatly influenced by the creation of a specific karate attitude and technical development by one of Kase Sensei’s assistants, Sensei Takashi Tokuhisa. At the time, Sensei Takashi Tokuhisa was probably the most technically advanced young Japanese instructor in Europe, following the traditional shotokan karate.
In 1988, Sensei Dimitrijevic went to Greece. His contact and friendship with Mr. Alkis Panayotopoulos, the director of the private school, I.M. Panagiotopoulos in Athens, proved that both men shared an almost identical karate approach, leading to a mutual understanding of the martial art.
The next step was the establishment of the Shotokan Karate Club “Ippon” within the Athletic Association of the Panagiotopoulous School.
In 1989, after its foundation, Sensei Dimtitrijevic became a member of the World Karate-Do Shotokan Academy. A number of seminars throughout Europe followed, as well as, various contacts on an international scale, leading to the acknowledgment of Sensei Dimitrijevic’s extraordinary qualities by Sensei Kase and appointing him as one of his assistants.
It seemed that it was destiny that had reunited them after so many years. And it was in fact this crucial contact with Kase Sensei, which led Sensei Dimitrijevic to adopt Budo karate as his life’s philosophy.
Today the following may sound like an anecdote but after one of the first seminars Sensei Kase told his assistant Sensei Dimitrijevic:
Sensei Dimitrijevic was almost forty years old at the time.
Following his instincts and fascination with Kase’s Budo approach, Sensei Dimitrijevic could not resist the challenge. He began a new circle of his karate way, this time searching for qualities beyond medals, technique and physical power. Since then, he has been devoted to the idea and the concept of Kase Ha Shotokan Ryu Karate-Do.
Today, after more than 20 years of practice he managed to create a distinguishing training system leading to the development of all fundamental Budo principles, while preserving the authentic teachings and the spirit of Taiji Kase sensei.
His VEBODO system clearly incorporates technical and physical aspects of training with abdominal breathing and mind control, leading to better understanding and application of the Ki energy phenomenon.
Sensei Dimitrijevic currently lives in Athens where he teaches in his Honbu Dojo. He is also the President of the Shotokan Karate-Do Academy of Serbia, where he teaches six times a year.
He regularly teaches in Sweden, Norway, Finland, England, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland,
I. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
- 3rd place in Kata Team Bremen 1980
3rd place in Kata Team Sydney 1986
5th place in Kata Team Cairo 1983
5th place in Kata Individual Bremen 1980
7th place in Kata Individual Cairo 1983
II. EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
- 1st place in Kata Individual Manchester 1981
- 1st place in Kata Individual Zurich 1982
- 2nd place in Kata Individual Brussels 1979
- 2nd place in Kata Individual Munchen 1983
- 2nd place in Kata Individual Dublin 1984
- 2nd place in Kumite Team Brussels 1979
- 2nd place in Kumite Team Zurich 1982
- 2nd place in Kata Team Zurich 1982
- 2nd place in Kata Team Dublin 1984
- 3rd place in Kata Individual Essen 1977
- 3rd place in Kata Individual Belgrade 1978
- 3rd place in Kata Team Manchester 1981
- 3rd place in Kata Team Madrid 1986
III. YUGOSLAVIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
- 1st place in Kumite Light middle category 1985
- 1st place in Kumite Middle weight category 1986
- 1st place in Kata Individual 1975
- 1st place in Kata Individual 1977
- 1st place in Kata Individual 1979
- 1st place in Kata Individual 1981
- 1st place in Kata Individual 1982
- 1st place in Kata Individual 1983
- 1st place in Kata Individual 1984
- 1st place in Kata Individual 1985
- 2st place in Kata Individual 1976
- 2st place in Kata Individual 1978
- 2st place in Kata Individual 1980
- 2st place in Kata Individual 1987
- 2nd place in Kumite Middle category 1975
- 2nd place in Kumite Middle category 1979
- 2nd place in Kumite Open category 1979
- 3rd place in Kumite Open category 1975
- 3rd place in Kumite Open category 1976
- 3rd place in Kumite Middle category 1980
- 3rd place in Kata Team 1975
- 3rd place in Kata Team 1985
IV. SERBIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sensei Velibor Dimitrijevic was Champion and Vice Champion in Open category Kumite, several times in his Middleweight category Kumite and more then 10 times consecutively Kata Champion in Serbia.