Tag: Okinawan

Zenpo Shimabukuro

Just because one believes in the modern, one should not forget the old. Zenpo Shimabukuro An instructor who believes in both traditional and modern approaches to Karate training, Zenpo Shimabukuro believes that is up that it is up to a student to find the appropriate balance in their training. On 11 October 1943 Zenpo Shimabukuro …

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Zenryo Shimabukuro

A highly respected Okinawan Karate master Zenryo Shimabukuro was the founder of Shorin-Ryu Seibukan Karate. An unassuming man, very little is known of him in the west. Shimabukuro was a student of the pre-war Okinawan master, Chotoku Kyan. He was one of Kyan’s few students to teach his style of karate. Zenryo Shimabukuro was born …

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Teruo Chinen

In a violent culture, people think ‘action first, decision later’. Karate students learn to make quick decisions, good decisions. They learn to avoid bad situations. Teruo Chinen A pioneer of Okinawan Goju–Ryu Karate in the United States, Teruo Chinen was known for his ability to teach Goju-Ryu kata and bunkai. A traditional Karate master, his …

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Masahiko Tokashiki

Karate is not a sport, but a way of life; it is very important for people to understand this. Masahiko Tokashiki An advocate of Okinawan Karate, Masahiko Tokashiki, it’s a well respected master in Shprin Ryu Karate. He is known for having great control over his movements. He is also known for his great ability …

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Seikichi Toguchi

Respect your seniors and treat your juniors kindly. Seikichi Toguchi A body suppleness, the envy of many practitioners a fraction of his age, Seikichi Toguchi was the first of Goju–Ryu founder, Chojun Miyagi’s students to open a dojo in Japan. He was also responsible for making advances in Okinawan Goju–Ryu. Seikichi Toguchi was born on …

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Ansei Ueshiro

Kumite practice should be second to kata practice… using uncontrolled techniques as in tournament fighting… develops bad habits. Ansei Ueshiro A pioneer of Shorin-Ryu Karate in the United States, Ansei Ueshiro was one of the first masters to bring Okinawan Karate to the United States. Many top-ranking American Shorin-Ryu instructors can trace their roots back …

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Tomohiro Arashiro

Not just kata, not just kumite, both. Tomohiro Arashiro An ambassador of the Okinawan Karate style of Ryuei-Ryu, Tomohiro Arashiho has helped build it from a family-style practised in Okinawa to a style practised internationally. Tomohiro Arashiro was born on 15 July 1954 in Naga City, Okinawa. His father was a farmer. Growing up he …

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