After the death of the founder of shito-ryu shukokai, Mr Chojiro Tani on the 11th of january 1998, there was a conference of the shukokai general council on the 28th of june 1998 to determine the future continuance shukokai and the tani-ha sect of shito-ryu.
The proceedings of the conference were recorded and minuted, and it was decided the shukokai name would become the “shito-ryu shukokai karate-do union”, the proper successor to the original shukokai organisation, found by Mr Tani.
It was also decided and agreed that the first leader of this new organisation, would be Mr Haruyoshi Yamada (10th Dan Hanshi). Yamada sensei passed away in Amagasaki in 2018. Yazu Kaicho is the current head of the Shitoryu Shukokai Union.