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Martial Arts, Karate, Kobudo, Self Defense & Fitness

Soke Hayashi

Founder

Teruo Hayashi

Soke Founder

Hayashi-Ha

Shito-Ryu

Sensei Roger

Shihan Gonzalez

Shito-Ryu is one of the largest styles of Japanese karate today and is represented by many schools worldwide. The history of Shito-ryu starts with Kenwa Mabuni, an Okinawan master in martial arts who moved from the island of Okinawa to the mainland Japan in the 1920s. Mabuni is renowned as a karate genius who knew more kata (forms) than any person in his time. He studied under the leading karate masters in Okinawa, including Yasutsune Itosu ( a leader of the Shurite system of karate from the city of Shuri), Kanryo Higashionna (a leader of the Nahate system from Naha), Seisho Arakai (another renowned Nahate practitioner), a Chinese White Crane master known as Gokenki, and several others. Mabuni was a close associate of his contemporaries Chojun Miyagi (founder of the Goju-ryu style) and Gichin Funakoshi (founder of Shotokan), among other individuals well known for founding popular styles of karate. Owing to its founder, Shito-ryu is the most diverse and complete of the major karate styles today, with over 60 kata originating from Shurite, Nahate, Tomarite, and Shaolin White Crane systems. Our particular branch of Shito-ryu karate, Hayashi-ha was established by Teruo Hayashi of Osaka, Japan. Hayashi, born in 1924, throughout his adult life, displayed a fervor for learning karate perhaps matched only by one of his teachers, Kenwa Mabuni. Karate-Do translates as "the way of the empty hand," an unarmed, defensive art with a history that spans many centuries, originating in the Shaolin fighting arts of China and later developing in the Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa). The Karate we teach at Sanchin Karate Dojo is a traditional Japanese/Okinawan style called Hayashi-Ha Shito-Ryu. "You'd have to be a fool to believe anything is as easy as it looks in the movies." –Teruo Hayashi Japanese karate master