Prof. Dr. Ilija Jorga

Born on the 15. November 1940 in Belgrade, Serbia

Resident in Belgrade, Serbia

Style: Shotokan, Fudokan

Teachers: Tesuji Murakami, Taiji Kase, Hidetaka Nishiyama

Graduation: Soke, black belt, 10. Dan,

Karate Grand Master in the former Yugoslavia and today Serbia

University Prof. Dr. med. Ilija Jorga, Soke, 10. Dan, is a doctor of medicine in the fields of clinical physiology and sports medicine. He is the founder of the Fudokan style of Karate. He began very early on to prepare the path for the development of Karate in the former Yugoslavia.

He is the most well-known senior Karate instructor in the Balkans. Prof. Dr. Jorga is a professor of physiology at the medical facility of the University of Belgrade. He introduced a knowledge of physiology and anatomy into the development of Fudokan Karate when he created this unique style of traditional Karate – a style for which he has become world famous.

Karate Biography

Prof. Dr. Ilija Jorga began training in Karate when he was 19 years old (1959). His first teacher was his brother Vladimir Jorga. He then trained under the guidance of Tetsuji Murakami, and after his death, under Taiji Kase and Hidetaka Nishiyama.


1967 awarded 1. Dan Sho-Dan by Master Tetsuji Murakami in Zagreb, Croatia

1968 awarded 2. Dan Ni-Dan by Master Taiji Kase in St. Raphail, France

1971 awarded 3. Dan San-Dan by Master Taiji Kase in Paris, France

1975 awarded 4. Dan Yon-Dan by Meister Taiji Kase in Belgrade, Yugoslavia

1978 awarded 5. Dan Go-Dan by Meister Taiji Kase in Belgrade, Yugoslavia

1982 awarded 6. Dan Roku-Dan by Master Taiji Kase in Paris, France

1987 awarded 7. Dan Hichi-Dan by Master Hidetaka Nishiyama in Los Angeles, USA

1998 awarded 8. Dan Hachi-Dan by Master Hidetaka Nishiyama in San Diego, USA

2003 awarded 9. Dan Ku-Dan by the WTFSKF in Verona, Italy

2008 awarded 10. Dan Ju-Dan, Soke by the IBMA in the USA

IBMA = International Budo Master Association, USA

National and International

Prof. Dr. Ilija Jorga was European champion in Kata and 13 times in succession champion in the open weight class in Kumite. He was also several times in succession European champion, winner and medal winner of many international competitions. He competes solely in the open weight class, although physically he is not very big.

He has won 18 medals in international competitions, including European and world championships. Ilija Jorga was the first non-Japanese to win the Kata world championships in Tokyo.

Between 1968 and 1981 he was the head trainer of the Yugoslav national team. During this time the team won more than 65 medals at international championships, including 12 European and world titles.

Founder of Fudokan

On the 15. November 1980 Prof. Dr. Ilija Jorga introduced a new style of Karate: the modern continuation of traditional Karate, named Fudokan. The Kata which he showed were Heian Oi Kumi, Taiji Shodan and Kaminari. Since this time he has organized many international training courses and seminars.

He officially inherited the title Yoshitaka Funakoshi Shotokan style. Together with Professor Hidetaka Nishiyama he was internationally recognized as one of his most promising successors. His organization is the fourth largest Karate organization in the world of modern Karate. Prof. Dr. Ilija Jorga is the author of many books on Karate. He lives in Belgrade.


Prof. Dr. Ilija Jorga is the second son of Cornelius Jorga, a civil engineer and cousin of Nicholae Jorga. He was born on the 15. November 1940 in Belgrade, in what was then Yugoslavia, and during his early childhood frequently moved home with his family. He completed his studies at the Medical University of Belgrade (the city which he describes as his home), graduating as a Doctor of Medicine. Today he constantly travels around the world, spending many months each year in Russia and in the USA.

He has three children: two daughters, Dr. med. Tijana Jorga and Dr. med. sc. Anamaria Jorga and one son, MSc Finance Aleksa Jorga.

Karate successes in detail

1959 Karate beginnings; his first teachers: M. Kilian and Vladimir Jorga
1962 Student of Sensei T. Murakami
1965 Serbia, University champion
1968 Collaboration with Sensei Taiji Kase, Fraijis, France
1968 Yugoslavian Master in Kumite for the first time
1968 Coach of the Yugoslavian national team
1969 3. place Kumite (EUK, Hamburg)
1969 Yugoslavian Master in Kumite
1970 3. place Kumite (JKA Europe, Brussels) technical director of the EUK
1970 1. Karate world championships, 5. place Kumite (WUKO, Tokyo)
1970 Yugoslavian Master in Kumite
1971 1. Kumite (EC, JKA, AEKF, London), final fight with Horst Handel
1971 Yugoslavian Master in Kumite
1972 WUKO vice-president, 3. place (JKA Europe, Milan)
1972 2. place in the G. Funakoshi-Memorial Event, Tokyo, Japan
1972 Yugoslavian Master in Kumite
1973 Yugoslavian Master in Kumite
1975 Technical director of the EAKF
1976 3. place Kata, Mediterranean, Milan (EAKF)
1976 1. place Kata (EAKF, Milan)
1977 4. place Kata (World championships IAKF, Tokyo)
1978 1. place Kata, Mediterranean, (EAKF, Cairo)
1980 3. place Kata (World championships, IAKF, Bremen)
1980 15. November, foundation of Fudokan (Belgrade)
1988 Chairman IFKR
1990 Development of Fudokan in Austria, Russia, Poland and Belarus
1992 Fudokan in Lithuania, Great Britain, Slovenia, Greece, Moldavia, Armenia, Albania, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia
1993 Development of Fudokan in the USA and Canada
1993 President of the German Association for Traditional Fudokan Karate
1995 Establishment of the European Royal Fudokan Karate Academy (REFFK) St. Prohor Pcinjski under the patronage of her majesty Princess Elisabeth Karadordevic
1996 Development of Fudokan in Denmark, Kirgizstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan
1997 President, technical committee of the Balkan Association for traditional Karate, Bucharest, Romania
1997 President, Mediterranean traditional Karate
1997 Development of Fudokan Karate in Australia, Norway, Mongolia, Indonesia.
1998 Development of Fudokan in India, Turkey and Sweden
2000 Technical director of the TKVD


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