Kachi Karate was established in 1999 by the founder and President, Sensei Robert Koncal in Europe â Slovakia. After several years, it became the biggest karate dojo in Slovakia. Many of the Kachi students participate in the most prestigious karate tournaments around the world. They have achieved many local, national, and international titles. Since Kachi Karate has started, we have produced many National, European, and World medalists and champions.
The name Kachi means to win, which is part of our dojo philosophy. âEveryone can become a winner!â At our dojo, winning is not the most important criteria. Our goal is to help every student build self confidence and improve every aspect of their life. At Kachi Karate, we teach traditional Goju-Ryu karate. The Goju-Ryu style of karate is one of the four major styles of karate in the world which is also recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Our school is a part of Seiwakai Karate which is one of the strongest Goju-Ryu karate groups in Japan and also around the world. We are also affiliated with JKF Goju-Kai, which is all of the Goju-Ryu organizations in Japan. Being a part of these organizations, our students have the privilege to train with the finest Japanese Goju-Ryu instructors. Our Slovakian branch is also a part of the EKF (European Karate Federation) and WKF (World Karate Federation) which are both affiliated to the IOC.
Owner, Sensei Robert Koncal, founded Kachi Karate in 1999. He is the Chief Instructor of the Kachi Karate schools and has over 25 years of experience. Sensei Koncal started practicing karate at the age of seven and after a few years of training he was chosen to compete in an Inter-Dojo kumite competition. He won all his matches and became the champion which sparked an interest into his competitive career. Since that moment he continued to train rigorously which resulted in capturing numerous titles and becoming multiple National Kumite and Kata Champion.
At the age of 16, he represented his home country of Slovakia at the World Karate Federation (WKF) - World Karate Cup and earned a silver medal in kata (forms). During the six years of being a Slovakian National Team Member, he placed 4th in the World and European Championships. In 2002, he was invited and had the opportunity to compete in the AAU/USA & USANKF National Championships where he received a gold and silver respectively.
After an injury which ended his sports career at a young age of 22, he directed his love and passion of karate and competitions to coaching. With his newly established Kachi dojo, he was able to guide many of his students to National and International Championship titles. With the exceptional results of his students, his high quality and professionalism of teaching, and years of experience and knowledge, he was asked to become a National Coach for the Slovak Junior and Senior Teams. Coming on board with the coaching staff, his expertise helped the national team to earn a WKF World Championship title, WKF European Championship titles and many other results in prestigious competitions. In 2006~2008, he had the honor in being named the âMost Successful Coachâ for his dojo being ranked #1, and also awarded âCoach of the Year.â In 2010 he relocated to Hawaii to expand his Kachi dojo and spread his love of karate to the people of Hawaii.