The founder of school Kenwa Mabuni
November 14, 1889
Born in Syuri, Okinawa.
At age of 14,he became a disciple of Ankou Itosu Sensei, the great master of
At age of 19, he learned Naha-Te at Kanryou Higaonna with an introduction
from Tyoujyun Miyagi.
After graduation from junior high school, he became an police officer,and
learned Bou-Jyutsu, Sai-Jyutsu, and Sueishi-Ryu Boujyutu of Ryukyu's
traditional martial arts.
At age of 26, full mastership in Karate was given to him by both his teachers,
Itosu Sensei and Higaonna Sensei.
At age of 27, he opened Do-Jo at his house.
He established Karate Study Society. Later, he changed its organization and
name to Okinawa Karate Study Club.
At age of 41, he moved to Osaka, and opened Do-Jo on Tsurumi Bashi Dori,
Nishinari Ward. He eagerly diffused Karate.
He opened Karate Do-Jo, You Shu Kan in Osaka and he named Shito-Ryu after
both his teachers, Itosu Sensei and Higaonna Sensei.
He registered Shito-Ryu with Dai Nippon Butoku kai.
In July, the title, Karate Trainer, was given to him by Dai Nippon Butoku Kai.
May 23rd, 1952
Passed away at age of 63
The head of school Kenei Mabuni
February 13th, 1918
Born in Syuri as a first-born son of Kenwa Mabuni, the founder of Shito-Ryu.
From his childhood, he got Karate lessons from his father, Kenwa.
After WW2, he taught and practiced Karate with Kenwa.
May 23rd, 1952
On Kenwa Mabuni's death, he succeeded to the second head of Shito-Ryu.
He visited Mexico to teach Karate. He also taught in Guatemala,
Honduras, USA and in many countries of the world from that moment.
He became an first grade referee of All Japan Karate-Do Federation.
January 15th, 1984
The Japan Martial Arts Distinguished Service Medal was given by
Nihon Budo Kyougi Kai.
March 17th, 1993
World Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Federation was established and he became its
The former president of Shito-Kai Manzou Iwata
February 9th, 1924
Born in Takinokawa, Kita ward, Tokyo.
He started practicing Jyu-Do, Ken-Do and Aiki-Do.
He entered Toyo University. He met Kenwa Mabuni Sensei at its Karate club.
Daien-Ryu Jyou-Jyutu head traditional technique was given by Seiko Fujita
Sensei, the 14th head of Kouga-Ryu Nin-Jyutu.
Kenwa Mabuni Sensei gave him the mastership in Shito-Ryu.
Seiko Fujita Sensei recognized him as a master of Nanban Sattou-Ryu. He became
a Karate coach at Nihon University Engineering School (at present, Nihon
University Department of Engineering).
He opened Renku Kan in Ikenohata, Ueno ward, Tokyo and started teaching.
He became a Karate coach at Toyo University Karate club.
He established Nihon Karate-Do Kai Eastern Japan headquarters and became its
On establishment of All Japan Karate-Do Federation Shito-Kai, he became a
Became a Saitama Prefecture Karate-Do Federation vice-president and All Japan
Karate-Do Federation technical committee member.
Became an All Japan Karate-do Federation first grade referee.
On Eiichi Tanaka's death (at age of 78), he became the president at Shito-Kai.
The Japan Martial Arts Distinguished Service Medal was given.
June 4th, 1993
Passed away of heart failures.
The President Ken Sakio
January 2nd, 1922
Born in Tokyo.
Entered Toyo University and became a member of Karate club.
He practiced at Chouki Motobu Sensei, later at Kenwa Mabuni Sensei.
Also he went to Okinawa to study at Tyoujyun Miyagi, Tyoushin Chibana, and
Shinban Gushikuma Senseis.
The title Karate Trainer was given by Dai Nippon Butoku Kai.
He opened Do-Jo under the Kenwa Mabuni Sensei's guide (at present Seifu Kan).
He taught at Shimizudani High School Karate club and at Outemon High School
He taught Karate youths at Kansai University.
Became All Japan Karate-Do Federation technical committee member.
Became All Japan Karate-Do Federation first grade referee.
The Japan Martial Arts Distinguished Service Medal was given by Nihon Budo
On president Manzo Iwata's death, he became a president at All Japan Karate-Do
Federation Shito-Kai and at World Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Federation.
All Japan Karate-Do Federation gave him 9th grade.