Branch Master Katsuya Hirayama
Seihanshi 7th Dan
Birthdate: March 21, 1956
Birthplace: Tsushima, Japan
Hirayama Sensei's passion for Shorinji Kempo began when he started practicing in high school. In hopes of sharing that passion with others, he moved to the United States in 1984 where he founded the Golden Gate Branch. Upon settling in San Jose, the capitol of Silicon Valley, the branch was appropriately renamed "Silicon Valley Branch." In 1992, the children's class was established and continues to thrive to this day.
The Silicon Valley Branch hosted the first North American Shorinji Kempo Taikai in 2008, where Hirayama Sensei served as the Taikai chair. Kenshi came from all USA, Canada, Korea and Japan to participate. One of his students, Yamagishi-san, was also, the first to open a Shorinji Kempo branch in Korea.
Hirayama Sensei proudly serves as an officer of the World Shorinji Kempo Organization. From April 2011, Hirayama Sensei was appointed the President of the newly formed United States Shorinji Kempo Federation.