The direction of Koden Isshinryu Karate Kobudo Kenkyu Kai (KIKKK) is in charge of a pioneer of Isshinryu Karate in Europe since 1986. Master Fred van de Vijver was born on November 24, 1954. At the age of eighteen he began his training in Kyokushin karate , Shotokan, Goju Ryu (before he had practiced Judo), he also had training in Tai Jutsu and Kickboxing. He received a black belt in Goju Ryu and third dan of Kyokushin from Sensei Jon Bluming, thus starting his own Karate Dojo with the name of "Bushido".
In 1986 he made contact with Master Steve Armstrong in Tacoma, WA, USA, training with him every day for several months. Back in the Netherlands, Master Van de Vijver in 1986, with the permission of Master Armstrong, founded the Netherlands Isshinryu Karate-do Association (NIKA). In 1988, Master Armstrong arrived at the invitation of Master Van de Vijver to Holland. Together they decided to form a European Organization called the European Isshinryu Karate-do Association (EIKA). This time Steve Armstrong promoted Fred van de Vijver to fourth dan renshi.
Master Armstrong, due to health problems, gives Master Fred permission to contact the first generation of Isshinryu. At that time he communicates with Shihan Harry Smith, who accepts him as his student and promotes him to the grade of 7th dan in 2006.
In 2006 Fred van de Vijver founded the Koden Isshinryu Karate Kobudo Kenkyu Kai (Isshinryu Karate and Kobudo "Old Style" Research Society). Master Fred has Isshinryu students in the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Germany, San Marino (Italy) and Chile (South America). Isshinryu also taught in America at Ganster's summer camp at different times. Sensei Van de Vijver currently teaches at So Honbu dojo Konbo Europe in Erica in the Netherlands.
Master Fred promotes the traditional teaching of training in its technical and philosophical bases, reflecting on the strong technical training that exists in Karate-Kobudo Isshinryu, which is a faithful model in all the students who are part of this great family.