Franco Corbella

Franco Corbella

Board member & Country director for Italy

Master (Sensei) of Karate and Self Defense

 Franco Corbella

Qualification :    Surveyor and Optometrist

At a young age he began practicing Martial Arts, privately with Ju-Jitsu, then in 1962 he continued with Judo, under the guidance of the famous Sensei Koike, at the Jigoro Kano in Milan. Later, in 1965, he was invited by Sensei Roberto Fassi and Sensei Venturelli to start a Karate course at the same structure, under the guidance of Sensei Fassi, then the 3rd kyu (Brown Belt), a title acquired in France; Karate was still a martial art unknown in Italy.

Thus began his adventure.

  • He obtained the title of Black Belt of Karate in 1967 under the guidance of Master Shirai.
  • Gets the title of Master in 1970 from the AI.I.K.A. and in 1980 by the JKA of Tokyo (Japan).
  • Gains the 6th grade Dan Hanshi from Dai Nippon Butoku Kai of Osaka (Japan) in 1995.
  • In 2010 he was awarded the 7th Dan and in 2012 as Federal Technical Director as well as member of the ACSI-BUDO Board he was promoted for merits at the 8th level of Dan


  • Chairman of the FEIKAR Technical Commission since 1983.
  • National Delegate A.C.S.I. (Association of Italian Sports Centers) for the "Martial Arts" Sector, years 1997/98
  • ALFA National Delegate for the Personal Karate & Defense sector from 2005 to 2007
  • National Delegate ARPOL (Regional Police Local Association) for vocational training
  • Technical Delegate for Italy, from 2007 to 2013, together with M ° Russo, in the SKAI Board (Shotokan Karate Association International) of Maestro Akita
  • Referent for FEIKAR since 1996 of the Matzubaiashi School of Okinawa.
  • Technical consultant for the Swiss Amateur Karate Federation from 1974 to 1984.
  • He was appointed International Referee of category "A" by Maestro Nakaiama in 1975.

Among the many, the most important and significant arbitrages were:

1. 1975 World Championships (Los Angeles)

2. 1977 World Championships (Tokyo)

3. 1985 Intercontinental Championships (Turin)

4. 1996 Preparation World Championships (Okinawa)

5. He has also arbitrated all the E.A.K.F. and I.T.K.F European Championships from the year 1973 up to the year 1985.

  • Dressed in the blue colors in the years 1968/1970 participating in the European Championships in Essen, the first international competition in Lugano, as well as the first friendly Intercontinental Championship held in Milan in 1970 between Italy and Japan, drawing against the Japanese champion Akaboshi.


  • In 1996 he was accredited to the School of the Master Nagamine and to that of the Master Matayoshi, of Naha (Okinawa).


  • Specializing in Self Defense Techniques and Shin-jitzu.


  • Promoter, Lecturer, Coordinator in vocational training courses organized by the Lombardy Region for Personal Defense Instructors (Karate) Law 21/12/1987 n. 845 - Regional Law of 7 June 1980 n. 95, starting from 1991


  • Lecturer at the School of Local Police Corps of Milan (Chief Instructor) and for IREF (Regional Institute for Vocational Training) from the year 1980 up to the year 2001, for the formation of agents and officers of P.L. in the field of personal defense and behavioral norms.


  • He attended technical lessons at the JKA Japanese Schools of the University of Kamazawa (Tokyo), at the schools of Master Nagamine and Master Matayoshi of Naha (Okinawa), at the School of the Master Nishiama in Los Angeles (United States).


  • He studied Karate under the guidance of the Masters:

Nishiama, Nakaiama, Shirai, Kase, Kanazawa, Enoeda, Nanbu, Shuk, Tokizu, Nagamine, Mataioshi, Ochi, Tanaka, Asahi, Kubota.


He led his students to fight on the French, Hungarian, Yugoslavian, Swiss, German, Belgian, Dutch, Russian and Japanese tatami, always achieving excellent results.


Maestro Francesco Corbella has dedicated 60 years of his life to the study of Karate-Do, considering this discipline extremely useful for the formation of better men; while admitting that everything is perfectible and that this is not the only way. He recognizes that it is easy to make mistakes and fall, the important thing, he asserts, is knowing how to get up again. Karate thinks he can teach it.


One day the Master wanted in some way to praise his Instructors, for their commitment, for their dedication to others, for their attained technical and educational ability. Not knowing how to do it then referred to an old and famous Japanese adage that recited them "... the best among the flowers is the cherry, the best among the men is the Samurai ..." then paraphrasing the Emperor, before forty-seven Ronin, he said "... here today I see only Samurai ...".