Concepcion Chile, December 2021

As part of a new trip to Chile between the 11th of December and the 7th of January, the Tokushinryū Kobudō summer camp and rank promotion was held at the South American honbu dojo. Kyū rank promotions took place alongside Ivan Parra sensei and Alfonso Lavanchy (Tokushinryū Kobudō Los Angeles and Santiago representatives respectively) who were promoted to Ni dan.


At the board meeting, held on August 19, 2021 in Stockholm, it was agreed to appoint honorary members and special advisors of Seishinkan Budō Sweden as a token of appreciation for their support and guidance focused on who leads the group in Sweden, sensei Diego Rodriguez, Isshinryū Karate Godan and Tokushinryū Kobudō Nidan, who moved to the Swedish capital within the framework of a personal development project and whose main objective has been the establishment of our school in Europe, from which the stimulation and development of cooperation ties with other schools can take place, thus benefiting the students of our school and all those who are linked to the practice and development of martial arts.

Taking advantage of this relevant event, Osvaldo Rodríguez sensei and Iván Parra sensei were recognised in honor of their merits and important contribution in the establishment and foundation of the headquarters of our school in the city of Stockholm, Sweden, which officially began operations on May 10, 2021.


Undoubtedly, the bond established with the representative of Isshinryū Karate and Tokushinryū Kobudō in Europe, sensei Lars Andersen, was and continues to be a cornerstone in the present of our school in Sweden. This connection can be traced back to the year 2001 in Atlanta, USA, where Osvaldo Rodriguez and Lars Andersen sensei had the opportunity to share in the framework of the Traditional Okinawa Rengokai Karate & Kobudo World Championship, where Uechi Tsuyoshi sensei taught the corresponding Isshinryū seminar.

This relationship would extend years later through Diego Rodriguez, who traveled to the Danish capital in 2016 as part of a personal project, establishing contact with Lars Andersen sensei and beginning a productive and important relationship through the practice of Isshinryū Karate and Tokushinryū Kobudō to this day.


Seishinkan Budō School president & founder – Honbu dojo, Chile.

Isshinryū Karate 7th Dan – Tokushinryū Kobudō 4th Dan. He began his Karate training in 1973.

“Issued as plenary recognition for his important contribution in the founding process of Seishinkan Budō in Europe and as a consequence, to the expansion of the spirit and teaching of Budō in the region”


Seishinkan Budō – Takeshi Dojo, Los Angeles, Chile

Isshinryū Karate 6th Dan – Tokushinryū Kobudō 2nd Dan. He began his Karate training in 1986

“Issued as plenary recognition a the trajectory and significant contribution to Seishinkan Budō School throughout the years and to the development and expansion of the Okinawan Karate & Kobudō in Chile”


We hope with this, to contribute in the recognition of some of the many representatives of Isshinryū Karate, Tokushinryū Kobudō and related arts in all five continents.

Domo arigato gozaimasu


2020 FIRST TERM ACTIVITIES: Summary & Evaluation

SEISHINKAN 2020 2Stockholm Sweden, July 2020.

Arriving in the middle of 2020 and according to the calendar of activities for this year, a group of Seishinkan should be in the second week of training in Okinawa, within the framework of the tour scheduled last year and which contemplated various activities in  Karate Kaikan 沖縄空手会館 and a series of trainings with Uechi Tsuyoshi and Tokumura Kensho sensei.

As expected, the event was not left out of the global health crisis that has affected all countries, forcing changes to be made and events suspended.

Below and as usual since last year, we review the most relevant activities carried out during the first period of 2020.



TOKUSHINRYU KOBUDO EUROPE – Winter Camp & 2020 Tokushinryu Cup


February  28th – March 1st, Copenhagen Denmark, 2020

With the usual attendance of kobudokas from Germany, Sweden and Denmark, the 6th version of the Tokushinryu Kobudō Europe Winter Camp and 5th Tokushinryu Cup took place at the facilities of the Valby Shibu in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Jim Sindt Sensei

Friday was the official event’s kick off with a session of just over two hours led by experienced instructor Jim R. Sindt sensei, personal student and representative of Hanshi Patrick McCarthy 9th dan.

Sindt sensei holds 6 dan in Koryu Uchinady and 4th dan in Yamane-Ryū Kobudō and he was the special guest that the organization had with the aim of enriching and contributing to technical growth through other perspectives related to the training and development of traditional weapons.


The session was oriented to the use of the Sai, through an exercise developed by McCarthy sensei and which has the particularity of being in continuous evolution as it is the focus of contribution of the Koryu Uchinadi groups in the world, therefore, you can frequently see multiple variants (Click here for videos)


Making its debut the WUKF point scale system in all rounds, the 5th version of the Tokushinryu Cup was carried out, whose logistics was led in this occasion by Martin Frederiksen sensei, who has been following and contributing closely the incorporation of the kobudo as a division in the last national tournaments of the WUKF. This effort also adds to the one developed by Lars Andersen sensei who is emerging as one of the Kobudo leaders in the region by being the new kobudo coach of the national team (WUKF Danish Team)

To provide an international standard, the tournament was held under international WUKF rules and external judges supplemented the refereeing work.
Three rounds using points and not flag system, determine the podium for this 2020 Tokushinryu Cup as follow:

1st place: Diego Rodriguez, Seishinkan Sweden (Tokushin no Nunti Sai – Final round Kata)

2nd place: Andreas Mitschkewitz, Joshinkan Germany (Chatanyara no Sai. – Final round Kata)

3rd place: Nilas Hjalte Rundt, Tokushinryu Denmark (Tokumine no Kon – Final round Kata)

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Isshinryu no Megami 一心流の女神

April 18th – May 10th, Puerto Rico 2020.

During May, the initiative promoted by Eduardo L. Gonzalez sensei, Isshinryu Puerto Rico, was carried out, which aimed to mobilize Isshinryu groups around the world within the framework of the event called “Isshinryu Worldwide 2020, Virtual Tournament”. The event took place from the situation generated by the still current health emergency that affects the world and that has forced to drastically modify the functioning of societies, directly affecting the practice of physical activities and sports. Undoubtedly, all the Isshinryu dojos and practitioners in the world have also been affected, so this initiative was in search of supporting them.

The event consisted of organizing a virtual tournament in which the competitors participated by performing a karate kata and / or Kobudo which they had to record and upload to the event platform to be evaluated by a panel of 7 judges. The score would be delivered after the deadline, determining the podiums in the different categories that would later give way to the Karate Kata & Kobudo Grand Champion division.

In order to find an adequate balance in the evaluation of the kata, the panel of judges formed it this time:

  • Russell Gunnyrusp Best Sensei
  • Javier Martinez Sensei
  • Eduardo L Gonzalez Sensei 
  • Alexis G. Morales Sensei
  • Pablo Molina Sensei
  • Osvaldo Rodriguez Sensei
  • Andy Sloane Sensei

The deadline to upload the videos on the event platform was May 3 and the results would be published a couple of days later. Some of the most relevant criteria to consider were an “adequate sequence of movements, appropriate use of positions and posture and the ability to stay in focus. Strength and precision in the execution of basic techniques, demonstrate courtesy with attitude, good spirit, good effort and contact correct visual and observation of the basic elements kata: strength levels, contraction and expansion of the body and changes in the speed of techniques”.

Eduardo L. Gonzalez sensei was very optimistic and gave a positive balance of the activity:


Being these the 1st Isshinryu Virtual Tournament, more than 50 competitors from different parts of the world attended, many of them exhibiting great technical quality. The task from the beginning was challenging when having to find a team of judges that allows balancing the evaluation. We have R. P. Best (9th dan), Javier Martinez (9th dan), Alexis Morales (8th dan) Osvaldo Rodriguez (7th dan), Pablo Molina (7th dan) and Andy Sloane (6th dan).

The competition was divided by sex, age and ranks, which gave a total of 35 first places in the respective divisions and with two Great Champions in Kata of Karate and Kobudo. With the participation of students from Puerto Rico, the United States, Argentina, Chile, the Dominican Republic and Sweden, the winning school with the highest participation was determined by the highest number of podiums reached by each group.

  • KATA KARATE GRAND CHAMPION: Antonia Arevalo, Seishinkan Budo School, Chile 
  • KATA KOBUDO GRAND CHAMPION: Diego Rodriguez, Seishinkan Budo School, Sweden.
  • SCHOOL WITH THE LARGEST PARTICIPATION: Seishinkan Budo School – Chile. Determined by best average performance after a triple tie between Chile, Argentina and Puerto Rico.

The quality and professionalism of the karateka was of the highest possible level for which our Association congratulates and recognizes them.
Thank you for making this event a great success and we look forward to seeing you next year.
Eduardo L Gonzalez
Pablo Molina
Founding members of APOIKK.


  • Karate Kata Grand Champion performanceAntonia Arevalo, Seishinkan Budo School, Chile. Isshinryu Karate – Sunsu Kata (Click Here)
  • Kobudo Kata Grand Champion performance – Diego Rodriguez, Seishinkan Budo School, Sweden. Isshinryu Kobudo – Shishi no Kon Kata (Click Here)
  • Karate Kata 1st Place (3rd to 5th dan) – Diego Rodriguez, Isshinryu Karate Sunsu Kata (Click Here)
  • Kobudo Kata 1st Place (3rd to 5th dan) – Diego Rodriguez, Isshinryu Kobudo Urashi Bo (Click Here)

Considering the large number of Isshinryu groups around the world, the realities and challenges of each one in normal times, this initiative proved to be a powerful platform that allowed participants to be motivated to show the results of the regular training processes in each region, being able to appreciate the technical differences but above all the large number of practitioners involved with the systematic practice of Isshinryu. Undoubtedly, the challenge remains for leaders to be able to concentrate criteria, promote exchange activities that allow each group to permeate different perspectives with which the practice of martial art in the world is approached. The long-awaited summit will continue to be able to organize a worldwide event in which the number of Isshinryu groups that can exchange training, contribute to the growth and strengthening of Okinawa Karate grows.

From Chile the initiative was highly valued, and from the beginning a team willing to participate was coordinated, thus supporting an activity that was characterized by the use of communication platforms and social networks to see the realities of different practitioners around the world. Along with this, he gave extra motivation to many of the participants to prepare the best possible performance given the individual conditions due to the health situation.

Seishinkan Budo School thanks the organising team and judges for the time invested in this activity, looking forward to the second version that will allow us to continue cultivating exchange relationships worldwide.

Link of interest: courtesy of Eduardo L. Gonzalez sensei, here you can find the link to the event where more details and all the audio-visual records are still available – CLICK HERE – 

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2nd TERM ACTIVITIES: Foreseeable Future

With the progressive but also uncertain reopening of the borders of many countries in the European Union added to the particular situation of each region (Okinawa for example, with more than 54 days without registering contact cases and the South American continent going through the winter season with a rather diverse picture of realities) it creates a rather bumpy panorama in which it is difficult to predict at this time how the activities scheduled for the second semester will develop.

  • OKINAWAN KARATE NORDIC SEMINAR, in the footsteps of Grand Master Chotoku Kyan” –  Stockholm Sweden.

The organizing team is closely monitoring the situation, waiting to make a final decision as soon as possible to determine the suspension of the 2020 version of the event, which has been acquiring traditional edges for the past 2 years.

“The 1st Okinawan Karate Nordic Seminar, Sweden 2018”Click Here

“The 2nd Okinawan Karate Nordic Seminar – Helsinki 2019” – Click Here


  • SEISHINKAN BUDO SCHOOL, Okinawa tour 2020.

Deferred until further notice with possibilities of being carried out in early 2020.


“OKINAWA 2018: Training Sessions & Rank Promotions”Click Here

  • TOKUSHINRYU KOBUDO EUROPE, Summer Camp & Tokumura Cup 2020, Nakskov, Denmark.

Suspended by the organizing team, which until now leaves the past “2020 Winter Camp & Tokushinryu Cup” as the only camp in the organization that will bring together the European kobudokas this year.

  • WUIKA & TOKUSHINRYU KOBUDO EUROPE South America Tour, Concepcion, Chile 2021.SOUTH AMERICA - CHILE TOUR 2018 -2019 OFFICIAL

The project promoted by Diego Rodríguez and strongly supported by the WUIKA organization in Europe and South America that invites any member of Isshinryu and / or Tokushinryu to participate in the exchange and travel to the headquarters of WUIKA and Seishinkan in South America with Diego Rodríguez sensei is in the evaluation stage, considering the situations facing both continents regarding the health crisis and the final decision is expected to be made as soon as possible.

Interested parties are welcome to express their interest in being part of this experience that already has wonderful results in the first version carried out in 2018-2019.

“WUIKA & TOKUSHINRYU EUROPE South America – Chile Tour 2018-2019” Click Here


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SECOND TERM ACTIVITIES 2019: Summary & Evaluation


Stockholm Sweden, November 2019.

The 2019 comes to an end and with the Isshinryu World Cup in London during July as the most relevant event worldwide (review the article here), it’s time to review the activities carried out during the second term of the year, which were aimed at strengthening the technical development of  Isshinryu Karate and Tokushinryu Kobudo in the region, mobilizing multiple logistics teams that managed to carry out the training instances in Denmark, Romania and Sweden mainly.

Seishinkan Budo School invites you once more to review each one in detail below.



Suceava Romania, December 17 – 22, 2019

At the invitation of Alex Covasa sensei, Isshinryu Nidan, a series of trainings was carried out for a week where the technical advisory work in Isshinryu Karate & Kobudo commissioned by WUIKA in the region continues.

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The absence of seminars and massive classes that involve a great logistic deployment and investment of time, allowed to give rise to specific training oriented to improve key aspects in the practice of katas, such as postural correction, breathing management and transition of the center of gravity through different positions and more dynamic kumite exercises (Yakusoku Kumite 約束 組手). Nigiri game (gripping jars), Kitae (body conditioning), Isshinryu Kihon and a large part of the katas were the central axis from which these essential concepts were developed.

Lucian Nastasi, Isshinryu Shodan, who currently lives in the United States and carries out an individual training process, took part in some sessions that lasted for more than two hours and that served him to review and update general technical details in his katas.


Seishinkan Budo School once again expresses the deepest gratitude for hospitality and the great enthusiasm for learning, something that is becoming more and more characteristic in Isshinryu groups in Romania and that turns out to be without doubt, one of the most important assets not only of them, but of any martial arts practitioner who wishes to grow and advance in the Do.

Domo Arigato Dozaimasu 


Diego Rodriguez Sensei

Seishinkan Budo School 


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Stockholm Sweden, October 30 & November 02, 2019

At the invitation of the Åkersberga Karate Club, led by Juha Lagerberg sensei, an Isshinryu Karate and Tokushinryu Kobudo workshop was held in the location of Åkersberga, Stockholm Sweden during the past October and November.

The interest in these traditional arts of Okinawa, was born after the contact established during the Okinawan Karate Nordic Seminar, (In the Footsteps of Grand Master Chotoku Kyan) held in Stockholm in 2018 and Helsinki in 2019, where the author was leading the Isshinryu Karate section, awakening since then a high level of interest among the participants.

Since then the growing interest of club members, channeled through their managers, have promoted and developed very positive relationships that have resulted in projects like this, which also included an introduction to Okinawan Kobudo.


The first session held during October was oriented to the practice of Okinawan Kobudo. Brief introduction to the principles developed through Tokushinryu Kobudo, founded by Tokumura Kensho Sensei, was the base that allowed to practice basic techniques of Bo and Gusan (Jo or Sanchaku Bo)

The session were oriented to the development of the basic principles of the style such as the power generation and the appropriate impact through the alignment of the body segments in the different offensive and defensive techniques.

Basic sections of the Tokushin no Gusan kata were used as a base template to apply these principles, in a training session that lasted for a little over an hour and a half and whose evaluation was very positive by the students who also managed to establish relations between the Kobudo and the principles frequently used in the practice of Karate.


Isshinryu no Megami 一心流の女神

Held at the beginning of November, the growing interest in Isshinryu 一 心 流 in Sweden and Finland has had its development from the two versions of the event called “OKINAWAN KARATE NORDIC SEMINAR, in the footsteps of Grand Master Chotoku Kyan”.

The most important elements of the Isshinryu founded by Shimabuku Tatsuo sensei (島 袋 龍 夫  1908-1975), such as the use of Chinkuchi チンクチ, blockage techniques with the muscular part of the arms and the traditional attack of hands (Tsuki) in vertical position, have proved to be an element that captures the attention and gives a totally different perspective to the traditional way that is customary to see in the other traditional Okinawan Karate Styles.

Encouraged to experience these elements and be able to connect them with the techniques and karate stances, the two sessions were full of enthusiasm, training and questions oriented to the historical / philosophical part of one of the most contemporary Okinawan Ryūha 沖縄流派 and derived from the teachings of Kyan Chotoku sensei 喜屋武 朝徳 (1870 – 1945), which provides in its bases a strong connection with the Shuri-te 首 里 手.

Strong ties, the growing interest to further develop the principles of Kobudo and further investigate the roots of karate through Isshinryu are undoubtedly the pillars that guarantee a relationship of mutual cooperation in the activities planned for the year 2020.

Seishinkan Budo School appreciates the trust placed by Åkersberga Karate Club, and the instructors team led by Juha Lagerberg sensei in the development of the activities mentioned above and we express our greatest enthusiasm in continuing this joint work in the future.

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Copenhagen Denmark, October 11 – 13, 2019

At 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Isshinryu instructors from different parts of Europe gathered at the WUIKA Europe Hombu dojo to officially give the kick off to the 2019 Instructors Camp in Copenhagen, Denmark. The event took place just a few days after the return from Okinawa of Lars Andersen sensei with a group of students who were training with Uechi Tsuyoshi sensei at the Isshin Ryu hombu dojo.


Isshinryu instructors from Romania, Germany, Sweden and Denmark met once again to align criteria, rectify technical protocols and especially share a weekend of training at the WUIKA honbu dojo in Europe.

Taking advantage of the official activity character that brought together many of the official WUIKA instructors in the region, the promotion to Go Dan (5th dan, Renshi go) of Andreas Mischkewitz sensei (Joshinkan Germany) who is a dedicated karate practitioner for the last 34 years and who also holds a godan in Okinawan Goju Ryu and a Sandan in Tokushinryu Kobudo.

The trainings were divided into general sessions, strongly oriented to the practice of the basic positions in isshinryu and the transitions to execute the basic techniques, and later in two specific sessions where stations were established in which the practitioners could receive specific technical advice within the Isshinryu Karate and Kobudo Katas. 

After a total of 12 hours of training distributed in 3 days, all participants were able to get fundamental elements to continue the development of the various training programs with their students in the various dojos of the organization. With the emphasis on finding the right tools and strategies to deliver the technical program to the new generations, a systematic and consistent growth of the Isshinryu can be guaranteed to the new generations of practitioners; undoubtedly a task in which the WUIKA Shihankai (technical council) in Europe is working with a high level of commitment.

With the establishment of this instructor camp as an annual activity as a goal, the activity ended on Sunday and the instructors left for their countries of origin to implement the program and the corrections developed during the weekend.


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Nakskov Denmark, September 13 – 15, 2019

The 4th edition of the Tokumura Cup It was held on Saturday, September 14, within the framework of the 5th Tokushinryu Summer Camp organized by Tokushinryu Kobudo Nakskov Shibu and attended by kobudokas from Germany, Romania, Sweden and the host country, Denmark, who gathered in the center sports of the commune.

Aligned with the main objective of the tournament which is to appreciate the greatest number of practitioners performing as many katas as possible and thus evaluate the technical standard in the region, the tournament was divided into Kihon Cup (for Kyu ranks) and the Tokumura Cup for brown and black belts.

Mohagama, Hamahiga no Tonfa y Tokushin no Nunti Bo were the katas chosen by Diego Rodriguez, Seishinkan Budo School, Sweden, who again took first place, but not before playing a tight final with Danish Alexander Dyreborg (Tokushinryu Valby Shibu – Denmark) who presented a very clean and every time better Tokushin no Gusan.TOKUMURA CUP - 2019 Podium

The podium of the fourth version of the Tokumura Cup was as follows:

  • 1st Place, Diego Rodriguez Sensei Seishinkan Budo School – Sweden
  • 2nd Place, Alexander Dyreborg – Tokushinryu Kobudo Valby – Denmark
  • 3th Place, Carsten Muller – Tokushinryu Kobudo Valby – Denmark

With this result, Diego Rodriguez also becomes the second European practitioner to win the Tokushinryu Cup (celebrated in the framework of the Winter Camp) and the Tokumura Cup the same year.



Carried out during Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday morning, they were focused on the development of Tonfa exercises (Roman Pavalatii sensei, Tokushinryu Romania), Sai and Bo, the latter being the main focus of Lars Andersen Sensei to develop the part of Kumite through progression in defense reaction exercises.

The last session held on Sunday and as usual, served for participants to practice the katas of the curriculum of choice at stations.

Seishinkan Budo School wishes to express a great gratitude and celebrates once again the impeccable management and effort on the part of the organisers Lasse & Dorthe Jensen of the Nakskov Shibu to carry out the event that allows to gather annually the practitioners of Tokushinryu Kobudo from different parts of Europe.

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Isshinryu no Megami 一心流の女神

Suceava Romania, July 17 – 20, 2019

Just over a week from the IWKA World Championship in London, UK (Click here for details), the Isshinryu group led by George Craciunescu sensei was visited by Diego Rodriguez sensei with the aim of carrying out three training sessions aimed at preparing the athletes who would be part of the WUIKA Romania team that would participate in the Isshinryu Ryu karate world tournament.

Special emphasis on reviewing the details of kata athletes and providing advice on the regulations that will be used for the Kumite division were the two major topics to be developed in the 3 training days held at the facilities of the Isshinryu Karate club run by George and also attended by Alex Covasa sensei with one of his instructors.

There was also a special training session whose objective was to review the complete kata program in Isshinryu (Karate & Kobudo) with a view to increasingly adjusting the standard of the instructors under the technical wing of WUIKA Europe, directed by Lars Andersen sensei whose I work together with the technical council

Seishinkan Budo School expresses its deep gratitude for the always outstanding hospitality and enthusiasm of Isshinryu’s dedicated students in Romania who always show a great willingness to learn. Congratulations to George Craciunescu for his constant work, which is reflected in each of his students and instructors who support the teaching work within his club.

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SEISHINKAN Budo School - Stockholm Sweden


Some of the most relevant projects and events that are already on the agenda for this year 2020 are:

  • SEISHINKAN BUDO SCHOOL, 2020 Grand Opening. Stockholm Sweden

With which it is hoped to officially start the activities of the Seishinkan hombu dojo in the city of Stockholm Sweden, it is considered an open class of Isshinryu Karate and Tokushinryu Kobudo that hopes to receive the entire community interested in Karate and Kobudo of Okinawa.

  • OKINAWAN KARATE NORDIC SEMINAR, in the footsteps of Grand Master Chotoku Kyan” – First term 2020, Stockholm Sweden. 

In its third version and held for the second time in the capital of Sweden, the event that has been adding enthusiasts in its two previous versions, promises to continue developing and publicizing the main styles that derived from the teachings of Kyan Chotoku sensei and This will continue the mission of expanding Okinawa Karate and Kobudo.

The logistics team of the event is already working to bring together enthusiasts around Isshinryu, Shorinji Ryu and Shorin Ryu Seibukan.

  • SEISHINKAN BUDO SCHOOL, Okinawa tour 2020.

In June 2020, the visit to Tokumura Kensho sensei & Uechi Tsuyoshi sensei is scheduled for a tour that promises to be full of training and the development of activities that seek to strengthen ties with the cradle of karate and the entities in charge of the development of this martial art abroad.

Members from Europe and South America will meet in the intense Okinawan summer and for a little over two weeks they will carry out the activities that are still in the planning stage.

  • TOKUSHINRYU KOBUDO EUROPE Winter & Summer Camp, Denmark.

Which have already become a tradition and part of the kobudokas training agenda that follow the teachings of Kensho Tokumura sensei in Europe. The logistics team of the Valby Shibu in Copenhagen, is already in coordination for the event that will take place at the end of February and that hopes to receive as usual the participants from Germany, Sweden, Romania and Denmark to also participate in the Tokumura Cup 2020.

  • WUIKA & TOKUSHINRYU KOBUDO EUROPE South America Tour, Chile 2021.

In the planning stage is the second version of the project promoted by Diego Rodriguez and strongly supported by the WUIKA organization in Europe and South America, which invites any member of Isshinryu and / or Tokushinryu to participate in the exchange and travel to the hombu dojo of WUIKA and Seishinkan in South America with Diego Rodriguez sensei and take part in the regular karate and Kobudo classes and seminars developed by the instructors team during that season in the dojos of Chile.

More details will be released soon and interested parties are welcome to express their interest in being part of this experience that already has wonderful results in the first version carried out in 2018-2019.

What is the project about, images, details and the story of the experience of the participants from Romania and Chile, can be found in the following link.

TOKUSHINRYU & WUIKA EUROPE South America – Chile Tour 2018-2019


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Seishinkan Budo School Europe wishes all the Karate and Kobudo community the best wishes for this year 2020, wishing the development and success of all those projects that unite us in the practice of Okinawa Karate and Kobudo.


OKINAWA 2018: Training Sessions & Rank Promotions


Okinawa, August 2018.

In the framework of the tour to Okinawa of the Seishinkan team, who carried out a tight schedule that ran from July 28 to August 23 and that included several activities among which the participation representing Chile in the “1st Okinawa Karate International Tournament” (Click here for further details) stands out, Karate and Kobudo seminars, visits to Tsuyoshi Uechi and  Tokumura Kensho sensei and multiple trainings at Budokan and other places of historical relevance for Okinawan Karate.


Some of the places chosen by the team led by Osvaldo Rodriguez sensei were the Okinawa Prefectural Hall of Martial Arts (Budokan) Arena and the historic Matsuyama Koen (Matsuyama Park), both located in Naha, the island’s capital. The latter is known worldwide for a place of tremendous historical relevance for Karate, because it is said to be the exact place in Okinawa where it was born, around the 19th century, what was known at the time as “Tudi” (唐手) or “Chinese Hand” (唐 character once used by the Japanese and Uchinanchu / Ryukyuans to refer to the Chinese and later replaced by “空” to, among other things, achieve that karate was accepted in good way in mainland Japan after the deep anti-Chinese feeling that reigned at the time).

Trainings during visits to Kensho Tokumura sensei and Tsuyoshi Uechi sensei were completed and enriched a busy schedule of growth and future projects to help the growth of Okinawan Karate and Kobudo.


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Mauricio Lopez (Seishinkan Terraustral Montessory School), Alfonso Lavanchy (Seishinkan representative in Santiago, Chile) y Joaquin Alvares (Hombu Dojo, Chile), Seishinkan South America Students, were promoted to 1st dan in Tokushinryu Kobudo by Tokumura Kensho sensei, after a very concentrated training process that began in 2017 with the official incorporation of Seishinkan as representatives of Tokushinryu Kobudo in South America and the first official visit to the Hombu Dojo in Okinawa.

In this opportunity, after several training sessions, our students were subjected to the exquisite and very critical eye of Tokumura  Sensei who gave the great responsibility to these students, who now officially  continue to enrich their path in budo through the practice of Tokushinryu Kobudo.


Diego Rodriguez sensei (Seishinkan / WUIKA Europe), who after graduating of  Yon dan in 2013 at the hombu dojo, officially started the last stage of an explosive growth process both in the personal area, moving to live in northern Europe, professional area, through of the development of his career as a Physical Education Teacher abroad, as well as at the organizational level, assuming the official role of representation in Europe of the Seishinkan organization.

As a result of these efforts, relevant international cooperation projects have come to light mainly among the organizations Tokushinryu Kobudo & WUIKA Europe (World United Isshinryu Karate Association) led by Lars Andersen Sensei and Osvaldo Rodriguez Sensei, president of Seishinkan and representative of these organizations in South America. From 2014 to date, he has participated in several international events, giving seminars and competing in tournaments with the sole objective of showing, massifying and supporting the growth of Isshinryu and all its members in the region.

On his last trip to Okinawa in August of this year and having finished his participation in the “1st Okinawa Karate International Tournament” (Click here for further details), he took part in the Isshinryu training series with Uechi Tsuyoshi sensei and Osvaldo sensei at the Okinawa Prefectural Hall of Martial Arts (Budokan) Arena. After intense and long sessions held on consecutive days, Diego sensei is a graduate of 5th dan, Renshi Go, in Okinawa Isshinryu Karate, closing with this a very significant stage, full of growth and starting a new one with perspectives and challenges for our organization at the international level.

With these rank promotions, we conclude a very demanding tour in every sense, plenty of growth and deeply significant for all those who were part and could share, train and experience one of the most particular cultures in the world that also has one of its greatest cultural assets , the Okinawan Karate.

MATSUYAMA KOEN – Naha, Okinawa 2018


During the nearly 31 years of existence of Seishinkan Budo School, this is characterized by the constant search and development of deep sense and practical applications to what develops day by day in our dojos. Understanding the origin, therefore, of those arts practiced more than 700 years ago is a relevant part of the integral training delivered by our organization to all our students. That is the reason for being that partially justifies the joint efforts of students and directors in different parts of the world to carry out ambitious projects, constantly oriented to the practice and technical, spiritual and historical development.

In this line and with the constant intention of carrying out our Institutional Mission of “Constantly nourish our students with different knowledge regarding the practice of karate, orienting them to the maximum technical and theoretical development…“, We consider relevant in this opportunity to make a section with a brief historical review of what is considered one of the most emblematic places in cultural terms of what was once the Kingdom of Ryukyu and the result that had a long historical exchange history with the neighboring country China and particularly with the Fujian province.


Everything goes back the old Ryukyu Kingdom Period (1392-1879) the majority of Okinawa’s Chinese community resided in Naha’s Kumemura district. Shortly after the establishment of tributary trade relations with China, a group of Chinese from Fujian were granted to Ryūkyū by the Chinese Emperor and started to immigrate to Okinawa in 1392. They came to be known as the people from the ‘36 Clans of the Min-People’ (minren sanshiliu-xing 閩人三十六姓). Min 閩 refers to the lower valley of the Min River in Fujian 福建 Province, China. They settled in a small Chinese colony in Kume village 久米村.

In those days there was a magnificent park (now known as Matsuyama Koen) located between Naminoue Beach and what is now Fukushu Garden in Naha (福州園). Much of the Chinese community gathered there to enjoy various cultural activities, including martial arts, throughout the year. With much of these people coming directly from Fujian Province it’s not surprising to learn that most of the Quanfa/Kung Fu (拳法) was southern-style,  and largely Fujian-based. The style practiced was White Crane, one of the five Fujian Southerm Chaolin Boxing traditions, with very particular movements that maintained a balance between the softness and hardness.

As this specific Quanfa was not native to Okinawa, local Chinese learned, practised and taught what had been handed down within their family or community for generations. Experts who traveled between China and Okinawa, periodically influenced local sources and existing practices by visiting military officials, posted to Shuri Castle and the Chinese Embassy, ​​body guards and security personnel, all served to inspire local Chinese enthusiasts over time.


In 1979, the  Ryukyu Kingdom’s abolition took place and with it the return to its province of all the Chinese experts and bureaucrats posted for years in the place. With the annexation of these territories to mainland Japan, anti-Chinese sentiment arrived and began to grow, not being an impediment for generations of Okinawans to continue with the idea / tradition of meeting in this place to continue practicing the Quanfa that had been taught to them and experiment with different practices with the intention of improving the understanding of it.

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In spite of persisting even a strong Chinese influence in what until then was practiced, gradually began to take place a unique and particular approach that directly attaches to the culture of the Uchinanchu in those moments. The first signs of some katas practiced up to our days, traversed from generation to generation but still maintaining the roots in the practices carried out during this period, can be traced back to these years.

Among the enthusiasts who gathered at Matsuyama Koen stand out among many the names of Aragaki Seishō 新垣世璋 (1840–1918), Sakiyama Kitoku (1830-1914) and Higaona Kanryo 東恩納寛量. The latter is the one who in September of 1870 and with the help of Yoshimura Udun Chomei (Aji or prince), manages to get permission to embark on the trip to Fuzhou on the pretext of going as an official translator of Okinawan bureaucracies and thus initiating the path that would lead him to be recognized until today as one of the first students of Fujian White Crane Kung Fu under the tutelage of the master Ryu Ryu Ko ルールーコウ (1873 – 1915)(“The History of Karate” by Morio Higaona).


It should be noted that to this day there is a mantle of doubts that maintains no consensus among the men in Okinawa, about the true identity of Kanryo’s teacher. One of the evidences that supports these doubts is a monument outside the Fuzhou Gymnasium recorded that Ryu Ryu Ko, Kanryo’s Master, was a Crying Crane Kung Fu  (whose main characteristic was deep breathing using the diaphragm to vocalize) grand master called Xie Chon GxiangIn the words of Morio Higgaona sensei who was told that “Ryu Ryu Ko was a guard around 40 years old, tall, with powerful foot movements. Because of civil wars he went to many places and learned Crying Kung Fu. In the past, learning martial arts had to be covertly, which explains why his identity is a mystery today, we’ll never know exactly”.

Back in Matsuyama nowadays, vestiges connecting this story with Okinawa can still be found. Just in front of the park is the Fukushu-en Garden (or Chinese garden) and in the park itself there are monuments in honor of Higaona Kanryo 東恩納寛量, Miyagi Chogun 宮城 長順 (1988-1953) and in honor of the place where the town of Kuma village was born.


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At present, many activities have been carried out to commemorate the historic good relations between both peoples.

In November 2017, on the occasion of commemorating the 20th anniversary of the “Friendly Province” treaty signed between Okinawa Prefecture and Fujian Province of China in 1997, Okinawa sent a delegation led by the governor of 73 people, including many karate masters, for a series of visits and receptions between 9 and 13 of that month.


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Text by Diegoisshinryu – Images & Illusttations taken by the Bubishi and Seishinkan Europe


DIEGO KANJI sin fondo


Okinawa Traditional Isshinryu Karate Do

Go Dan






沖 縄 空 手 古 武 道

South America, August 2018.

After the “2016 OIKKA World Karate Championship, Allentown, New Jersey” (check the article here), Diego Sensei moved and settled definitively in Northern Europe, where he successfully carried out the work of representing Seishinkan, establishing connections, contributing to the growth of Isshinryu and initiating his training in Tokushinryu Kobudo of Master Kensho Tokumura in the organization led in europe by Sensei Lars Andersen.

As a result of this joint effort between the WUIKA organizations in Europe and South America, activities such as the past “WORLD UNITED ISSHINRYU KARATE ASSOCIATION & TOKUSHINRYU KOBUDO EUROPE TOUR – ROMANIA 2017” (check the article here) have been developed, and this August 2018, after their participation together to the team at the 1st Okinawa World Championship, Diego sensei will be visiting the Seishinkan Hombu Dojo in Chile to conduct a seminar whose main objective will be to review the basic principles of Okinawan Karate and Kobudo, with a new perspective that goes in support of the work of growth and consolidation carried out by the directors of WUIKA South America & Seishinkan in the region.


This activity is presented as a prelude to the great event called “1st TOKUSHINRYU & WUIKA EUROPE SOUTH AMERICA TOUR – CHILE 2018 – 2019″ (click here for further info) scheduled for the end of this year and that will include a new visit of Diego sensei with two students of WUIKA Europe, who during a month, will be part of a series of trainings and seminars carried out in different dojos of the organization in the country.

Some of the topics of this coming seminar will be oriented towards the following areas

  • Basic technical principles: stances, attacks, blocks.
  • Chinkuchi (チンクチ), Gamaku, Meotode/Mefutode (夫 妻 手).
  • Isshinryu Karate & Kobudo Kata.
  • Basic principles of the main Kobudo weapons (tichu, sai, bo, tekko, tonfa)

Seishinkan Budo School & WUIKA’s board of directors hopes that with the realization of this event as a prelude to the end of year tour, our students and all the Okinawan Karate & Kobudo enthusiasts can gather, build connections and deepen their knowledge together with expanding horizons regarding the practice and development of this art in its purest and most traditional form.

We are looking forward to meeting you all during this coming events.


Text by Diegoisshinryu – Images by Allisson Teran

You can check some of the last activities of Diego sensei by clicking the following links

SEISHINKAN BUDŌ SCHOOL, 30th ANNIVERSARY: Research & Historical Perspective


South America – Chile,  May 2017

Seishinkan is a school of traditional Martial Arts of Okinawa Japan, which in 2017 celebrates 30 years after having officially opened its doors in 1987. Today, with a strong pedagogical orientation and a multidisciplinary approach, Seishinkan tackles the practice of Karate-dō, Kobudō and related arts as central axes to guide the daily work of our dojos and representatives in different parts of the world, providing a powerful added value to the process of regular training of our students.

Molded under the hand of the west and rooted in Okinawa, Seishinkan has been a school chosen voluntarily throughout history by many people as an alternative of growth; a practice that goes beyond the physical perspective and technical aspect that aims to satisfy the most profound needs that at first, we have difficulty defining and visualising, besides granting in many cases, the bases to develop later the own path in other oriental arts.

Today, ad portas to end the 3rd decade of operation of our school, we went to review a bit of history, the philosophy that holds and at the same time has been shaping what is now recognised as a school with solid foundations in Budō.

By Diego Rodriguez Inzunza, 5th Dan, Okinawa Isshinryu Seishinkan, Bachelor in Education & Physical Education Teacher

SHISA sin fondo

SESSHIN: how did all Begin

Back in the years, our school was recognized under the name of SESSHIN 接心. Instructors camps, made at that time less frequently, focused mainly on the development of topics that would promote the understanding of the correct way to practice martial arts, which all students shared in a rather unconscious state.

Strictly speaking, Sesshin refers to a type of meditation carried out in certain Buddhist monasteries. Especially prolonged, it is done once a month from April to August and from October to February. Commonly practised by some Buddhism schools, it provides, according to experts, a powerful tool for the observation of the inner personality.

The literal translation of the kanjis of Sesshin would be “recollection of the spirit“, “touching the spirit “,” touch the essence

A detailed description is made by Smed (2001): “Meditation begins at three in the morning in summer and at four in winter continuing until late at night with intervals to eat, perform exercises and relax. In the monasteries, during the period of meditation they pronounce themselves speeches daily and before that, the environment is available for the practice to be performed…”


In the book Zen and Martial Arts: Presentations”, the same author mentions the Sesshin carried out in his dojo as “long instances in which calm and silence reigned in all the immobile postures of Zazen and then give rise to the Kumite. Regardless of the notions of victory or defeat, the great lesson of these sessions was that it did not matter if the kumite was placed inside or outside, in any case, it will always be against ourselves, therefore, it will always lead us to the spirit of the path”.

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 On the other hand, the literature related to the study of Buddhism, also points out that Sesshin corresponds to the retreats of the monks to the temples where the main activity is meditation; Buddhist practice by excellence whose meaning can be understood as “cultivation, training of the mind”, assuming therefore a certain predisposition so that the practitioner is situated in reality. According to the practitioners, Sesshin “helps people to look inside and thus get rid of feelings like greed, anger and ignorance”. It is here also where different KUSEN (Ku, the mouth Sen, education, teachings, Oral Teachings of the master during the Zazen) take place and that in the case of the initiates, they try to deepen in the existing relations between meditation and action (Deshimaru, 2002).

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In the context of our school, it represents the first signs of a particular way of living and feeling the martial art, which has been finding its development and evolution until today.

From it, originate the idea of our camps / seminars; an activity that grants a unique seal and characterises our organisation, where long training sessions are carried out and also meditation sessions until late at night in search of the development of the denominated, by those then, “Sesshin Warrior“.
In the beginning, a Sesshin Warrior must be strong in mind and body, always prepared for the unpredictable; be balanced in their way of life and governed by the following moral code:


  1. It must be in harmony with the Law of Pure Potentiality.
  2. Shall understand, accept and live harmoniously with the law of Karma.
  3. You must learn the law of detachment.
  4. You must cultivate a strict code of self-discipline.
  5. Must understand, seek and live the law of Dharma.
  6. You should cultivate patience, respect and moderation wisely.
  7. You must practice the “Give” law.



Origin and evolution of a Philosophy.

SEISHINOur school established in 1992 the link officially with the OIKKA (Okinawa Isshinryū Karate & Kobudō Association), an organisation founded by grand master Angi Uezu. Throughout the years and with several trips to Okinawa, Osvaldo Rodriguez sensei continues to develop the foundations that sustain the philosophy of the Sesshin school, until in 2006 and as part of a new tour to Okinawa, a trivial conversation with Uezu Sensei takes unexpected rivulets: thanks to his guidance and advice, the name that identifies our school is finally revealed.


That which varies substantially is found in the literal meaning of the ideograms that express Seishin, specifically in the kanji “SHIN”. The kanji originally selected, according to Uezu Sensei, did not correspond to what was wanted to express in reality nor did it represent the spirit of our school. For this reason, the kanji Shin of “Heart” is modified, by that of “Spirit“.




At this point, it is important to understand what the true meaning of contemporary Oriental Martial Arts has been, and specifically those that relate to our regular practice. It is public knowledge that martial arts emerged strongly linked to the development of the old war conflicts in Japan, at a time when man faced face to face with the truth of living or dying.

Towards 1868 and with the beginning of the Meiji restoration 明治維新, Martial Arts ceased to relate directly to the war and became considered “psychophysical education systems, based on the regular practice of self defence techniques with or without weapons, oriented to sublimate the natural aggressiveness of the human being “(Gomez, 200., p.1), giving a turn towards the inner growth of man and socially useful purposes.

The Budō 武道 was born, a modern term normally used to indicate the practice of martial arts as a way of life that embraces the three dimensions of the human being (Body – Mind – Spirit). Added to this, is the fact that there was an important group of karate masters who believed and rescued the high formative and educational value that some combat methods had and decided to turn these practices towards the internal development of their students.

Budō is the soul of Seishin, and being this a set of Japanese Martial Arts whose practitioners are governed by a set of ethical rules referring to their application in a similar way to what the code of Bushidō 武士道 represents for the ancient samurai, it will not be strange find values and transversal principles in each of them.


Having understood the true goal of the practice of Martial Arts, you can begin to develop a path that must be travelled to meet the highest essence of each practitioner and thus lead to the discovery of themselves.
Understanding Budō 武道 as a path of personal refinement that should impact the student in its three dimensions, have established different stages that must be experimented with the goal of making progressive and methodological the transit of each one through the art he is practicing.

  • 1st stage: Etiquette and Good manners; necessary to have an appropriate vocabulary and environment to the context of a traditional Dōjo.
  • 2nd stage: Physical development; as a consequence of a regular and systematic training, the basic and complex physical and psychomotor qualities are stimulated, giving the student a dominance and increasing discipline of his own corporality.
  • 3rd stage: Technical Domain; obtained through the systematic practice of the Kihōn, Katas, Self Defense and Kūmite inherent to each Ryūha. Strongly develops mental strategies for the control of variables such as anxiety and fear, stimulating self-confidence and self-efficacy of the student. It corresponds to one of the fundamental pillars for the next stage, given which stimulates the mind-body union in every action.
  • 4th stage: Mind and Spirit; where it is necessary to adapt the behaviour to a strict ethical and moral code that, together with the understanding and application of the principle Ichi Go Ichi E at all times, certain mental faculties will awaken that will help the development of an unbreakable union between body, mind and spirit.



Mission & Vision; a look towards the future


In the field of leadership, the importance of building a mission and institutional vision is widely recognized and until today, deeply studied.

Since the Institutional Vision is the one that fundamentally projects a mental image of the possible and desirable future, it must have the capacity to incorporate the dreams of those who conform it and to build an ideal to orient itself. It is intrinsically related to the values and principles of the organization that gives it its own stamp, an identity.

The Mission, on the other hand, constitutes the “reason to be” of an institution, corresponds to a broad purpose, that makes sense towards all the actions to be developed, determining “who serves” the organisation and what “needs satisfy”, making it distinguishable from similar ones (Lavin & Cols., 1997).

Seishinkan Budō School recognizes in both, important tools to improve the understanding process of which are the general, specific and transversal objectives of our organization, facilitating the transmission of values and tasks of the same.

“Behind respect, discipline, perseverance, etc., often, without realizing it, there is
a much deeper meaning than we think when we practice a Martial Art. Many people ask if there is something more behind the technique, or only and exclusively the whole thing is reduced to a mere physical exercise “

Magaly Inzunza Sensei.Sesshin Institute, 1989

“Internal recollection, meditation and true knowledge within oneself are very
difficult to achieve in today’s world … “

“… It is important to ask what I am looking for, where do I want to go? and then develop a strong will and great confidence in your Sensei, to achieve a single triumph: the triumph of the Spirit”.

Osvaldo Rodriguez Sensei. Isshinryu Sesshin, 1991

“Now, as we go deeper into the Physiology of Exercise, we will also do it
in the knowledge of ourselves and more specifically of what happens to us while we have the privilege of being in the Dojo”

Enrique Bardiza. Physiology of Exercise, Vol 1. Sesshin Institute, 1989

The above quotes correspond to various excerpts of what for years has been one of the most unique features of our organization. The elaboration of writings, memoirs and volumes about different topics has been a trend that has evolved since 1987 to this days. From this, the following can be extracted:

  • Research Orientation. The cultivation of the mind through study, readings, development of a career of higher education or related studies, build a powerful link that will lead to obtaining one more step towards obtaining a “powerful personal philosophy”.
  • Unique Institutional Seal. That gives a powerful added value that allows generating objectives for the integral education of the Seishinkan Student. Stimulates the ability to transfer various knowledge, making them permeable to the practice of Karate-Dō.
  • Recovery of Educational value, revaluing what karate Masters envisioned decades ago.

“… the same happens in the Martial Arts, where a serious and competent organization gives credibility and confidence to the practitioner’s belt”.

Magaly Inzunza Sensei. “Martial Arts”. Sesshin Institute. 1987

“… the foregoing results in the need and relevance of effective leadership in increasingly complex organizations”.

Diego Rodriguez Sensei. “Need and relevance of a sustainable Leadership in org. of Martial Arts”.

Isshin Ryū Seishin. 2013

And on the other hand, the previous quotes, extracted from the most recent research and reports, show the growing concern that has arisen regarding the institutional value that Seishinkan has been gaining with greater intensity.

In summary, all the above corresponds to the process that has been taking place during the last three decades of operation of our organization that today continues in a constant process of evolution, marking milestones in various areas related to the daily work of the same, and making necessary establish and clearly define our identity to all members of the community.
Therefore, supported by the literature of the specialised area and based on the years of development of Seishinkan Budō School, the author presents an approach to the Institutional Mission and Vision of our organisation.


Seishinkan Budō School aims to become a recognised and distinguished martial arts organisation at national and international level, for the high standards in human, technical and professional quality of all its members. Due to its unique way of contributing to the integral development of human beings through the systematic practice of karate and related arts, its objective is to rescue, revalue and validate the deep educational and formative roots that make Karate and Kobudō of Okinawa unique and that has been transmitted through generation in generation up to our hands.

Presentation of the Research “Need and relevance of a sustained Leadership in Martial Arts Organizations”, San Sebastian University, Nov 2014.


In addition to preserving the roots of Okinawa’s traditional arts, the central commitment of Seishinkan Budō School is to contribute to the integral development of the human being using the Oriental Martial Arts as the main tool due to its high philosophical and formative content, rescued decades ago by the Okinawan masters and preserved until today by thousands of dedicated practitioners around the world.


  • Maintain the legacy of all masters who represent the purest essence of Okinawan karate and kobudo, related martial arts and specifically the Isshin Ryu founded by Master Shinkishi “Tatsuo” Shimabuku.
  • Promote the codes and principles of Master Shimabuku.
  • Rescue the high value and philosophical content of the Okinawan Martial Arts and apply them to the formal and non-formal education system. 
  • Use the Karate-Dō & Kobudō as a valid way of integral education of the movement, delivering a new alternative and field of study for the physical activity and motor skills sciences.
  • Provide space and support to any organization and/or school that promotes the values and principles of Okinawan Karate-Dō and related Martial Arts.
  • Establish networks and alliances with different organizations of Oriental Martial Arts, national and international and contribute in this way to the enrichment of the practitioners of our organization.


  • Nurture constantly our students of different knowledge concerning the practice of  Isshin Ryū Karate dō, oriented towards the maximum theoretical and technical development of all Seishinkan students.
  • Provide opportunities for professional development, through the training of instructors capable of successfully performing the teaching of karate and kobudo as a physical activity.
  • Provide to parents and guardians who trust in our children’s project, an alternative to support the school education process of their children through the regular and systematic practice of Karate & Kobudō.
  • Provide support to formal and non-formal education organizations that decide to incorporate the practice of martial arts into their educational curriculum as a way to contribute to the integral education of their students.
  • Stimulate and generate in our students the ability to transfer the Dojo’s learning to everyday life.
  • Deliver practical tools for personal development
  • Nurture your students of solid philosophical foundations that contribute to the search of a personal path of  grow.



Research developed by Diego Rodriguez Inzunza , on the occasion of his examination for 4th dan, YON DAN, in 2014. Organization Seishinkan, Chile



Denmark, September 2017

Last September 2017, the second version of the already established Tokumura Cup & Summer Gasshuku in the city of Nakskov in Denmark, which gathers approximately 45 practitioners from the different dojos of Europe, is completed.

The activity was successfully organized by Lasse Jensen and Dorthe Jensen sensei, both belonging to the host dojo.

Three days of intense training in each session led by the instructors Lars Andersen Sensei, Mads Nørby Sensei, and Per Søresen Sensei who made corrections and unified the technical standard in the curriculum for Tokushinryu Europe.

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After several sessions and corrections, there are many aspects to improve in various katas and aspects of the curriculum.

The Tokumura Cup, developed during the morning of Saturday, had as winners after several rounds to the following senseis.
1st ROMAN PAVALATII SENSEI, Torakai Romania.
2nd DIEGO RODRIGUEZ SENSEI, Seishinkan Sweden.
3rd MARTIN FREDERIKSEN SENSEI, Honbu dojo Denmark.

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TOKUSHIN RYU YUDANSHA The beginning of a new growth path


On February 4, 2017, during the traditional seminar of instructors and Tokushin Ryu Cup, Diego Rodriguez Sensei presented exam in Tokushin Ryu Kobudo for 1st Dan Black Belt together with other students and the instructor and his tutor Jan Overgaard for 3th Dan.

The process began around 8 months before with the Lars Andersen Sensei’s designation of the Copenhagen hombu dojo instructor Jan Overgaard, as tutor and guide in the training process and the assimilation of new technical standards by the author. Kihon, katas, bunkai and philosophy were and part of the training to this day.



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Kihon and the complete program including Bo, Eku, Tekko, Tichu, Sai, Nunti Sai, and the Bo – Bo and Bo – Sai kumite were part of the requirements examined under the watchful eyes of Lars Andersen Sensei and Mards Nørby Sensei, two of the highest ranks in Europe.



One of the main objectives that motivated the journey to Denmark of the author, has been the search for growth and deepening the learning of Martial Art. Kobudo has been a concern that Seishinkan has had over the past few years; the intention to find a link with Okinawa and to deepen the practice of the management of traditional weapons has motivated to establish contact with the organization Tokushin Ryu in Europe, directed by Sensei Lars Andersen and to begin thus an arduous way of practice and investigation.


Tokushin Ryu Kobudo corresponds to the system created by the master Kensho Tokumura who, after 50 years of combined training of Karate & Kobudo, decides to develop his own system based on his experience, learning and own vision. Tokushin Ryu Kobudo is an eclectic system that is based on the traditional weapons of Okinawa which emphasizes powerful technique utilizing ‘Chinkuchi’. It is a blend of traditional Kobudo weapons and includes obscure weapons that were in danger of becoming historically lost.