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As a child, Kenwa Mabuni wanted so very much to be like his great ancestors, but, unfortunately he was very sickly and weak. In , at the age of 13, Kenwa Mabuni was taken to the most famous martial artist in Shuri, master Ankoh Itosu, to improve his health.
From that day forward, he never missed a day of training until he was approximately 20 years old. Seisho Arakaki During this period, Kenwa Mabuni was also receiving instruction from master Seisho Arakaki of Naha, who taught a similar style to master Higashionna. He would come to the grave site and diligently practice his kata daily, for over a year, to pay respect and honour to the great master. Completing the required military service after graduating from high school, Kenwa Mabuni eventually became a policeman.
By , Kenwa Mabuni had become an important figure in the martial arts community and was respected by his peers. Around this time, he established a research and study group at his home. Master Kenwa Mabuni seated. Mabuni Sensei and Choki Motobu. It was later in the same year, that Kenwa Mabuni was to have the great honour of demonstrating his martial arts in the presence of Prince Kuni and Prince Kacho at the Okinawa Normal School.
In , Kenwa Mabuni and Chojun Miyagi, were asked to take charge of the training sessions, even though they were still fairly young. During these sessions, actual kumite was stressed to increase their physical techniques and strength. It is said that, when a student wanted to learn more from a master, the master would simply invite the student to attack him freely, all the while, blocking and shifting his body while constantly asking the student, "Now, do you understand?
L-R : Yasuhiro Koyu Konishi, a friend, and training partner of Kenwa Mabuni, traveled with him to Japan in , where they taught and demonstrated their martial arts at various locations. R: Kenei Mabuni. The reading of the Kanji was not widely accepted, especially in Okinawa, until much later in Back row, 4th from left: Gogen Yamaguchi. Sakagami sensei also received a teaching certificate in Kobudo, from master Shinken Taira.
Continually trying to gain acceptance of his art, master Kenwa Mabuni would give free instruction at various police stations across western Japan. Shito Ryu Karatedo became more accepted after this time, and master Mabuni began to teach many students at his home and at many Universities that were forming clubs. During the Pacific War, many promising young karateka from the four major styles lost their lives, including from the Shito Ryu group.
Master Mabuni barely survived the post-war turmoil, contending with great poverty but, he persevered and continued to devote himself unselfishly to the further development of Shito Ryu Karatedo. After the war, many of the previously established Shito Ryu Karate clubs in the universities and colleges began to re-open.
By this time, the future of Shito Ryu Karatedo was assured by many of his surviving students the majority of which could be found on the East coast of Japan in the Kanto district. Master Kenwa Mabuni died on May 23, Over the years, both Headquarters conducted separate special events, seminars and tournaments until the First All-Japan Shitoryu Karatedo Championships was held in April, The official, 1st. Karate-do Nyumon. Reprinted Edition Feb. Karate-do Shito-ryu.
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Early years[ edit ] Born in Shuri on Okinawa in , Mabuni was a 17th generation descendant of the famous warrior Uni Ufugusuku Kenyu. He trained diligently for several years, learning many kata from this great master. In fact, Mabuni was legendary for his encyclopaedic knowledge of kata and their bunkai applications. By the s, he was regarded as the foremost authority on Okinawan kata and their history and was much sought after as a teacher by his contemporaries. There is even some evidence that his expertise was sought out in China, as well as Okinawa and mainland Japan. As a police officer, he taught local law enforcement officers and at the behest of his teacher Itosu, began instruction in the various grammar schools in Shuri and Naha. Shito-ryu history[ edit ] In an effort to popularise karate in mainland Japan, Mabuni made several trips to Tokyo in and
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