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Kyle Kamal Helou

Helou, Kyle Kamal
Born 1973

Shakuhachi & Composer

Kyle is a full time Shotokan Karate-Do and Shakuhachi instructor teaching the basic principles of solidarity, harmony, and peace in Lebanon, the Middle East and Europe.

He is a graduate of Villanova University, Pennsylvania (USA) class of 1993. He received his BA in Philosophy with a sight on ethics, morality, and Far Eastern Philosophy.

In 2001, he moved to Japan where he graduated in 2008 with a Master Instructor License in Shotokan Karate-Do from the Japan Karate Shoto Federation (JKS). In parallel, Kamal graduated in 2008 and received his Associate Master Instructor License of Shakuhachi from the Chikumeisha Shakuhachi Guild.

In 2009 the JKS Headquarters appointed Kamal as the JKS Middle East Director, at which time he, along with his wife and three children, moved to Lebanon. He launched a Shotokan Karate-Do class at Adma International School and integrated it as part of the physical education curriculum. In addition, he integrated Shotokan Karate-Do and Shakuhachi at six centers throughout Lebanon, where he personally teaches all classes.

In 2013 Kamal founded Shinkukan (NGO) for the promotion of core moral values, principles and ideals through Japanese traditional arts.


The International Shakuhachi Society - 2018