After the death of Tani Sensei in 1998 YAMADA Haruyoshi sensei was elected to lead the organisation of Shukokai. He was born in 1938 in Akita prefecture, . He began his martial arts study in Judo before coming involved in Karate. In 1956 he became a disciple of Tani sensei and was one of his top ranking pupils. He was one of the highest representatives of Japan Karate Federation and was also engaged in the Japanese Olympic Committee. Yamada sensei passed away in Amagasaki in 2018. Yazu Kaicho is the current head of the Shitoryu Shukokai Union.
The SHITO-RYU SHUKOKAI UNION Oceania was re-organised in 2002. It is lead Stephen Kelly, Kyoshi, 7th Dan as Chief instructor. Its headquarter is located in Brisbane, Queensland, , where Mr. Kelly resides. Member countries of the Union are throughout , Europe, America and throughout Asia.
The Shito-ryu Shukokai Union Oceania organises regular visits to Japan for training and competing together with our japanese masters and friends from all over the world. Shihan Stephen long time personal instructor, Ishitobi Hanshi, 8th Dan (pictured) regularly visit Australia to share his knowledge.