History of Style

Origin of the school goes back to Choki Motobu, a disciple of Shito – Ryu styles founder Kenwa Mabuni. Motobu was born in Okinawa, 1871. He possessed a very strong character and had a life fully spent with challenges. Motobu Zaru (Monkey Motobu) nickname was given to this fast fighter who devoted himself to be the strongest man in the Okinawa Island. Educated by the founder of Shito Ryu, Kenwa Mabuni, Motobu moved to Osaka in 1921 and while he kept on training with Kenwa Mabuni, taught many students who were to play very important roles on Karate history. Kosi Kuniba, the founder of Seishinkan, one of the most famous dojo of Osaka since 1935, was a disciple of Choki Motobu.

Choki Motobu passed away in Naha, 02.09.1944 and he was given the “First Soke of Motobu-Ha Shito Ryu” title. After his death, Kosei Kuniba became the second Soke of Motobu-Ha Shito Ryu and he hosted Kenwa Mabuni many times in his renowned dojo.

In 1959, Kosei Kuniba passed away. Veterans Council, agreed on making Shogo Kuniba the new Soke to his father’s style. He was 29 years old at that time. Since he was too young, Teruo Hayashi supported and patronized him. Meanwhile, Shogo Kuniba progressed not only in Karate, buy also in Judo, Iai- Do and Kendo. In 1968, he became Soke Kaicho. In 1983, he moved to USA and spread his style also in USA beside Japan. He founded a Kobudo style which he named as Goshin Budo in this country.

After his death at the age of 52 when he was 9th Dan, Japanese Karate Federation gave him posthumous 10th Dan as a gesture to his memory.

Shogo Kuniba, had presented a Soke candidate before his death. When he died, Veterans Council chose Kunio Tatsuno Sensei as new Soke as required by this recommendation. Japanese Karate Federation gave 10th Dan to Tatsuno Sensei who was 9th Dan at that times and chosen 4th Soke.

Shogo Kuniba’s sons assisted Tatsuno Sensei. Every year in August, World Shito Ryu Championship was made in Osaka. Teruo Hayashi was Technical Adviser and Grand Shihan Minamide was Technical Director of Seishinkai. Kozo Kuniba, Shogo Kuniba’s elder son, was assigned to International President duty.

In 1st May 1999, Soke Tatsuno passed away in an accident. Veterans Council announced Sadotomo Harada as the 5th Soke Kaicho of Shito Ryu Seishinkai Karate Do Ren Mei. Grand Shihan Minamide is still the Technical Director of the style

Name: Soke Sadotomo Harada
Date of Birth: 26 March 1936 at Osaka
Occupation: The President of NIRE CO LTD. (Constructing Company) The President of TEIKEN (Real Estate Company) Elm Planning Co. Ltd. (-ditto-)

Title in Karate

  • Soke, President of SHITO RYU SEISHINKAI KARATE-DO UNION (SKU).
  • Governor of WORLD KARATE PROMOTION FOUNDATION.
  • President of ALL JAPAN JU-JITSU FEDERATION.
  • Head Shihan of INTERNATIONAL BUDO ACADEMY.
  • General Manager of IBSSA (Intern. Bodyguard & Security Service Association) East Asia.
  • Director of OSAKA PREFECTURE KARATE FEDERATION.
  • SHITO RYU KARATE-DO SEISHINKAI 10TH DAN

Chronology:

  • 1950 – Start to learn KARATE-DO in GOJU RYU and SHITO RYU.
  • 1954 – Enter to SHITO RYU KARATE CLUB in KANSAI UNIVERSITY in Osaka Japan (Train under the instruction Soke Kenwa MABUNI).
  • 1956 – Shihan of SEISHINKAI HONBU DOJO and taught SHITO RYU to Soke TATSUNO in this DOJO when he was 15 years old.
  • 1957 – The 1st President of KANSAI STUDENT KARATE-DO FEDERATIONVice Chairman of ALL JAPAN STUDENT KARATE-DO FEDERATIONShihan Dai of SEISHINKAI KARATE – DO UNION.
  • 1959 – Graduated KANSAI UNIVERSITY.
  • 1969 – Director of JAPAN KARATE FEDERATION.
  • 1974 – President of Alumni Karate Club of KANSAI UNIVERSITY.
  • 1997 – Supreme Advisor of SEISHINKAI KARATE-DO UNION.
  • 1999 – Decease of Soke TATSUNO.
  • 2000 – Succeeded SOKE title.
  • 2001 – Name taking ceremony of SOKE

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