Lineage

Peichin Takahara (1683- (1760-1766))

Peichin Takahara was an educated person at that time. He is the person who draws the first maps of Okinawa. He comes from a Samurai Family and a superb fighter. He was the teacher of To-De Sakugawa, the father of Karate and is attributed to have been the first to explain the aspects or principles of the dō. No records are available regarding his demise.

To-de Sakugawa Kanga (1733-1815)

Known as The father of Karate Master Sakugawa was born in 1733 in Shuri, Okinawa. He studied the art of Samurai Sward from Peichin Takahara. At Takahara s death he named Sakugawa as To-De Sakugawa. To-De (Chinese Hand) was the name used for Karate before 1930 s. Sakugawa improved his techniques under Master Kusanku (A Chinese Martial Arts Expert). Sakugawa s main student was Sokon Matsumura, the founder of Shuri-te . He made Kusanku and Sakugawa No Kun (bo) kata.

Bushi, Sokon Matsumura (1792-1815)

The founder of Shuri-te. He studied martial arts under Tode Sakugawa. He made only few students. Most famous one was Itosu Anko, who was the founder of Shorin system and teacher of many leading Karatekas. Matsumura put the foundation to Shuri System. Nabe Matsumura is the one who learned Matsumura s secret family style of Karate. It was the foundation of Matsumura Seito Shorin Ryu (Houhan Soken) later. His other students were Anko Azato, Chochu Itarashiki, Peichin Kinjo, Chosho Chibana, Peichin Kyuna, Ryosei Kuwae.

Anko (Iron Horse) Itosu (1827-1906)

Master Itosu was the most influential Karate teacher in the later 19th century and the beginning of 20th century. He was the person who introduced Karate to the Okinawan school system. He made the five Phinan Katas at the age of 77 for the beginners. He made lot of changes in Katas. He made new versions of Naihanchi, Kushanku, Pasai katas. His students were Choshin Chibana (Kobayashi {Shorin} Ryu), Kentsu Yabu(Shorin Ryu), Chomo Hanashiro(Shorin Ryu), Chotoku Kyan(Shobayashi{Shorin Ryu}), Gichin Funakoshi(Shotokan), Kenyu Kudekan, Choki Motobu(Shorin Ryu), Choren Yamakawa, Mouden Yabiku(Famous Kobudo Master),Anbun Tokuda, Choujyo Oshiro, Kanken Toyama, Kenwa Mabuni(Shito Ryu), Shinpan Gusukuma(Shorin Ryu).

Hanshi,Chosin Chibana (1885-1969)

Hanshi, Chosin Chibana was the student of Itosu. He is called "the father of modern Shorin Ryu". He named his system of Shorin Ryu as Kobayashi Ryu. He is the first 10th dan in Shorin Ryu. He lost many of his good students in the II World War. But before he died he promoted five of his students to 9th Dan. They are Yuchoku Higa(Shorin Ryu Kyudokan), Chozo Nakama, Katsuya Miyahira(Shorin Ryu Shidokan), Shugoro Nakazato(Shorin Ryu Shorinkan) and Kensei Kinjo. The famous Karatekas Ankichi Arakaki(1899-1929), Seitoku Ishikawa and Katsuyuki Shimabukuro were also Chibana's students.

Master, Jinan Shinzato (1900-1945)

Direct student of Master Chojun Miyagi the founder of Goju Ryu. A teacher of Hanshi Yuchoku Higa before Chibana.Jinan Shinzato, Miyagi's senior student, was killed during the early fighting of the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, and his master, Miyagi's third son, Jun, also died in this most bloody conflict.

Master, Yuchoku Higa (1910–1994)

He was a student of Chochin Chibana. The Higa Family, originally from the island of Okinawa, and belonging to a Samurai Dynasty, are the present-day representatives of Okinawa Shorin Ryu Kyudokan Karate-do. It was the Master Yuchoku Higa, Hanshi 10th Dan, who had the idea for a school and then ran it, on a world scale, until his death in Okinawa in November, 1994.

Hanshi, Minoru Higa

Our Grand Master, and hereditary heir of Master Youchoku Higa, Hanshi Minoru Higa, 10th Dan Black Belt, is the Kaicho or federation president and Grandmaster of the Kyudokan School of Shorin-ryu. His efforts, along with that of his family have made Kyudokan very popular outside Okinawa.