Stockholm-Sweden, February 2018
Next March 17th and 18th, 2018, will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, the event called 1st OKINAWA KARATE & KOBUDO NORDIC SEMINAR, SWEDEN 2018, IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GRAND MASTER CHOTOKU KYAN”
The main objective is to carry out a historical/practical revision of the styles developed from Kyan sensei’s teachings, such as Shorinji Ryu, founded by Joen Nakazato sensei (1922-2010), Shorin Ryu Seibukan founded by Shimabukuro Zenryo (島袋 善良)sensei (1908-1969) and Isshin Ryu founded by Shimabuku Tatsuo (島袋龍夫) sensei ( (1908-1975).
The event organized by the school led by Sensei Robert Iversen, Kyoshi 7 Dan (first foreign student of past grandmaster Joen Nakazato Hanshi 10th Dan), will gather representatives of these styles in Scandinavia to carry out two days of training for all lovers of Karate and those who seek to delve into the roots of the more contemporary styles derived from Shorin Ryu.
INSTRUCTORS OF THE SEMINAR
SHORINJI-RYU: Mr Robert Iversen, Kyoshi 7th Dan (first foreign student of past grandmaster Joen Nakazato Hanshi 10th Dan).
SHORIN-RYU: Mr Kim Mitrunnen, 5th Dan, Renshi Go (student of grandmaster Zempo Shimabukuro Hanshi 10th Dan).
ISSHIN-RYU: Mr Diego Rodriguez, 5th Dan, Renshi Go (student of master Tsuyoshi Uechi Kyoshi 8th Dan and Angi Uezu Hanshi 10th Dan).
Diego Rodriguez Sensei, will participate as Isshinryu’s representative in Sweden and collaborate in the event with high standards and also contributing with the goals of WUIKA (World United Isshinryu Karate Association) and Seishinkan to expand, teach and promote the Isshinryu of Master Tatsuo Shimabuku.
GRAND MASTER CHOTOKU KYAN 1970-1945
Chotoku Kyan ( 喜屋武朝徳) is one of the most popular names in various historical sources related to Okinawan Karate, both in its origin, development and the significant influence it had on the styles that were founded later on from its teachings.
Born in the year 1970, in the city of Shuri, Okinawa, Kyan sensei stands out for being a tremendously cultured man, with knowledge of Chinese and Japanese literature, the undoubted legacy of his father, Chofli Kyan, a man also tremendously cultured and well educated who served as an officer of King Shotai, the last to reign over the until then known as Ryukyu Kingdom.
Various historical sources describe Kyan sensei as a man of slim build and with repeated health problems, making him look more like a scholar man than a karate teacher. It is presumed that he could also have presented problems in sight, which would explain his nickname “Chanmī-gwā” or “little squinty-eyed”.
Between the years 1882 and 1886, he travels with his father to Tokyo in various embassies of the king, to continue with his training and studied at the same time, Chinese classics at the school known today as Nishogakusha University.
Back in Okinawa, in 1890, Chofli Kyan realized the potential of his son, now 20 years old,
to become a fighter and aware that he could no longer provide the severe training that he required, to take advantage of his privileged power in the court, to take it to Sokon Matsumura, the King’s main instructor.
From the year 1892, Chotoku Kyan had the opportunity to train with all the most outstanding karate instructors in Okinawa, arriving at a solid base in the Shuri Te. Some of the most prominent ones were Matsumora Kosaku sensei, with whom practice the Tomari Te and learns the kata Chinto and Oyodomari Kokan sensei, Tomari Te, from whom he learns the Passai Kata.
In 1910, he travelled to a Yaeyama Island to learn Tokumine No Kun, but upon arriving on the island Kyan found that Tokumine, who had been exiled to the island for fighting the police with his Bo, had died. The landlord where Tokumine had lived offered to teach at the now famous Chotoku Kyan, the Bo kata of Tokumine. In the year 1922, he learns the Kusanku kata from a man named Yara.
Some of the students of Master Kyan were Arakaki Ankichi, Shimabuku Taro, Shimabuku Tatsuo (founder of Isshin Ryu), Shimabukuro Zenryo (remained a constant student until the death of Kyan and founder of Shorin Ryu) and Nakazato Joen (founder of Shorinji Ryu).
Kyan Sensei was one of the survivors of the battle of Okinawa in 1945 but died of starvation for delivering his food to children who needed more than him. This story is tremendously known for human courage in such hard times that they took Master Kyan to be known as “The Saint” and his grave is visited frequently to know his legend.
TATSUO SHIMABUKU SENSEI, ISSHINRYU & THE LEGACY OF GRAND MASTER CHOTOKU KYAN
Shinkichi “Tatsuo” Shimabuku (島袋龍夫) Sensei, born in Okinawa in 1908 and founder of the Isshinryu (一心流) style, records a very peculiar life as a peasant’s son and with a very hard childhood. Being the first of ten children, at age 13 he began his training in martial arts under the tutelage of his uncle, who later sent him to study Shorin Ryu with Master Kyan.
Shimabuku sensei was an innovator but also one of the most accomplished traditionalists of his time who mastered the finest principles and techniques of Okinawan Karate ( 沖縄空手) and Kobudo (古武道). He learned from great masters the most important systems of the island such as Naha Te, Tomari Te, Shuri Te and Kobujutsu. Under the tutelage of Chotoku Kyan sensei, one of the most perfectionist and severe teachers of the time learns the principles of Shorin Ryu.
His training with Kyan sensei began in about 1927, in the village of Yomitan, Okinawa. In a short time, Shimabuku would become one of the best students of Kyan, learning from him the katas: Seisan (十三), Naihanchi (ナイハンチ), Wansu (ワンシュー), Chinto and Kusanku/Kūshankū (クーシャンクー), in addition to Tokumine nu kon and basic Sai. He also began his study of “Ki” (or “Chinkuchi; (チンク”) “in the Okinawan dialect) by which Kyan was best known.” Shimabuku studied with Kyan until 1939.
WUIKA & SEISHINKAN Europe cordially invites all those interested to participate in the first version of this event, which is planned to be held in each Scandinavian country once per year.
More information on the following link or write us directly.