Here is a listing of the karateka who had a major influence on me and my karate and still have.
Reinhold Lehnen, Shotokan-Ryu, 2.Dan
My first teacher, a simple, an honest man. He believes that extensive Kihon is essential. The Motto of the Dojo is dedecated to him: Seki Ma No Sei.
Fulvio Lorenzetti, Shotokan-Ryu, 7.Dan
My second teacher, he gave me an insight into the depth of the Do.
Teruo Yamaguchi, Shorin-Ryu, 10.Dan, Hanshi
I met him at a seminar in Italy, he was a small, modest man, very friendly, as one would imagine a teacher. He gave us an insight into his style. Finally, he showed us Kushanku - my desire to change the style was born.
Fritz Nöpel, Yushinkan Goju-Ryu, 9.Dan, Hanshi
A role model as a person and teacher, he is living karate-do, he taught me many things that are valid in any style.
Shoshin Nagamine, O-Sensei, 10.Dan Hanshi
In one video, I see a little old man who demonstrates a kata. I hope that i can do my kata as well as he do, when i got his age. He also write books and articles (like Karate-Do and World-peace), and that impressed me extremely. Unfortunately I never met him.
Takayoshi Nagamine, Soke, 10.Dan Hanshisei
Sadly he passed away so early, he still wanted to teach so much more.
Frank Baehr, Matsubayashi-Ryu, 7.Dan, Kyoshi
My friend, my teacher, one part of the mountain in my back.
Ole-Björn Tuftedal, Matsubayashi-Ryu, 6.Dan, Renshi
Another friend and teacher, he is the water - the river that carries me forward.
Ricardo G. Camani Fuchs, Matsubayashi-Ryu, 7.Dan, Kyoshi
A man with a very impressive fitness, someone who lives the Do. The first seminar with him led me to my limits.
Katsuhiko Shinzato, Kisaba Juku, 9.Dan, Jukucho
"der unbekannte / the unknown Karateka"
He is at every seminar, in any foreign dojo in a strange city, he helps you, do you be a good partner in Kumite, often you do not know his name. He is essential - a role model.