HISTORY - FAMILY TREE
Sensei Chotoku Kyan
Master Chotoku Kyan was born in 1870, to a very wealthy family in Shuri, Okinawa, the cradle of Karate. At the tender age of five he was taught the empty hand art of self-defense from his father Chofu Kyan and his grandfather. Every morning Kyan was asked to perform specific exercises by his grandfather, who had a very discerning eye and required nothing less than perfection. Being born into a rich family he was able to devote all of his time studying the martial arts. In those days, a Karate Sensei had only three or four katas, therefore Master Kyan went to many teachers in hope of gaining a well rounded view of the art. Kyan's father was an official of the King, and because of this, Kyan was able to gain instruction from many of the great Teachers in Okinawa. Sokon Matsumura of Shuri was at that time the Karate Teacher of the King. Matsumura taught Master Kyan the Kata, "Seisan" and "Gojushiho". Kyan learnt the most from Matsumora (Shorin-Ryu teacher of Tomari) including the kata "Chinto". Another great teacher of Tomari was Pechin Maeda. Kyan studied quite a while under Maeda Sensei and learned the Kata "Wansu". He learned the Kata, "Passai", under Pechin Oyadomari Kokan of Tomari. Pechin was a title, given to someone in employment of the King. The next teacher Kyan studied with was the small 4ft, 10 inches tall Yara of Chatan, a power packed dynamite of a man. Chatan Yara Sensei taught Kyan the longest and most beautiful Kata "Kusanku". Sometimes known as "Yara no Kusanku". His last teacher was Tokumine, who was reputed to be the best Bo, (Staff) man on Okinawa. Sensei Kyan traveled to the island of Yaeyama and studied the Bo and the Bo-Kata "Tokumine no Kon".
After completing his apprenticeship under six famous Okinawin Shorin-Ryu masters of the time, Kyan started to teach the art at his home. In the 1920's Kyan traveled to mainland Japan to promote the art. On his return he visited Taiwan on a martial arts exchange tour of Okinawin and Chinese Martial Arts. Being proficient in both arts, Kyan invented his own Kata "Ananku". In the late 1920's Kyan moved to the village of Kadena due to personal and financial problems. There he taught a small number of devoted students who were introduced by friends and city officials. One student, Zenryo Shimabukuro of Chatan was introduced by a school headmaster and was accepted. Zenryo Shimabukuro studied 10 years under the tutelage of Master Kyan until Kyan's death. Food was scarce during WWII and whatever food master Kyan obtained, he gave to the children. He felt it was his duty to take care of those who could not take care of themselves. In 1945 at the age of 75, grandmaster Kyan passed away from hunger.
Master Zenryo Shimabukuro
Master Zenryo Shimabukuro, 10th Dan Red Belt, was the foremost disciple of Sensei Chotoku Kyan. Master Zenryo Shimabukuro, a baker by trade, was only 5 feet, 2 inches tall, but he was a very strong man. After completing 10 years of Karate as a private student under the great Master Chotoku Kyan, he began teaching. During World War II all karate instruction had ceased. With the end of the war he resumed active teaching. Early in his career as a karate teacher Shimabukuro Sensei had no Dojo (training hall). All his instruction was conducted outside of his home, with a small group of students, one being his son Zenpo (presently Supreme Sensei of this style) and his nephew Zenji Shimabukuro. In 1962 he built his own Dojo and named it Seibukan. Seibukan radiates Sensei Shimabukuro’s philosophy of Karate. He was a highly respected member of his community and received many certificates of appreciation from city officials for his work for the betterment of the Okinawin people. In 1964 he was awarded the highest rank in Karate by the All Okinawin Karate-do Federation, the 10th Dan Red Belt. Master Zenryo Shimabukuro developed Karate to a very high level in Okinawa. He was also one of the founding members of the Chubu Shorin Ryu, which was a very strong association. During the American occupation of Okinawa, he was persuaded to teach American service men stationed in Okinawa karate and thus spreading the art to the United States and other countries. A small man, but a giant in the world of Karate, Master Zenyro Shimabukuro died in 1969 at the age of 61 of appendicitis. Today his son Sensei Zenpo Shimabukuro continues where his father left off.
Master Zenpo Shimabukuro
Zenpo Shimabukuro Hanshi, 10th Degree Black Belt and Supreme Instructor of the International Seibukan Shorin Ryu Karate Association was born in Chatan Cho, Okinawa, on October 11, 1943. He was the fourth of five children of Master Zenryo Shimabukuro.
Master Jamal Measara:
Master Jamal Measara, 8th Dan in Karate-do, also ranked 7th Dan in Kobudo and in Aikido. Measara Sensei started his martial training in his native Malaysia, with the Indian martial art of Selembam. From there onwards, he went on to train many different arts, including Western boxing, Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo, Kobudo, Aikido, and of course, Karate-do.
As far as Karate is concerned, Measara Sensei’s successful tournament career included consecutive Malaysian National Champion titles, participation in the 2nd World Championship in Paris, and several full-contact tournaments, too. Following that, he was National Coach for two years back home in Malaysia, and was one of the founding members of the Malaysia Karate body.
Today, Sensei Measara is based in Germany. He continues to travel the world in his pursuit of spreading the arts he has trained and taught for so many years. He is also the author of several books and articles on martial arts; and has more books due for release in the near future.
Master Raja Thomas:
Sensei Raja Thomas, an inspirational sensei, who started his journey at the age of 7, is a passionate and dedicated person who unconditionally dedicates himself to karate. His hard work and dedication towards karate made him to become a young sensei at the age of 16 and opened his first dojo in Painoor city in India. Sensei Raja Thomas’s enthusiastic behaviour and commitment towards karate made him to expand his strength by controlling 5 of his own dojo’s in a short span in India. Sensei’s hard work drives him to achieve his 5 championship award during his teenage and which set up a great path ahead. His achievements gave him the opportunity to expand his teaching in USA at Miami during the age of nearing 20 and continued teaching for about 10 years. In the year 2004, Sensei moved to UK and opened the first Sho-Rin-Ryu Seibukan dojo in the year 2005. Currently many Sho-Rin-Ryu Seibukan dojo’s got established for which Sensei Raja Thomas hold the Chief Instructor post . This Dojo under Sensei Raja Thomas at Leicester involves Jimbukan Kobudo as well.