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Eizo Shimabukuro

Eizo Shimabukuro

Eizo Shimabukuro

     Grand Master Eizo Shimabukuro considers himself most fortunate to have had great Sensei. They are:

     Grand Master Eizo Shimabukuro began his Karate training under Chotoku Kyan in 1937. In 1938, Grand Master Eizo Shimabukuro started training with Chojun Miyagi, founder of Goju-ryu Karate. Grand Master trained simultaneously with Master Kyan and Master Miyagi. Grand Master Eizo Shimabukuro also trained with older brother Tatsuo Shimabukuro (1908-1975), the founder and creator of Isshin-ryu Karate. In 1943: Stationed in Osaka, Japan—Grand Master Eizo Shimabukuro trained with legendary karate master, Choki Motobu. Okinawa 1948, Grand Master Eizo Shimabukuro opened his first dojo.

     Eizo received 10th degree certification from Kanken Toyama (1888-1966) in 1961. At 36 years of age, Eizo had the distinction of being the youngest Judan ever. Grand Master Eizo Shimabukuro, now 77 (78 on Okinawa) is active as ever, teaches 6 nights a week at the Hombu dojo in Ginoza Son.

     In the early 1960s, Grand Master Eizo Shimabukuro went to Chosin Chibana (1885-1969), who was then in his late seventies and Itosu’s oldest living student. Grand Master Eizo Shimabukuro asked Chibana to correct his kata. Grand Master Eizo Shimabukuro was concerned about the discrepancies gradually emerging in the various Shorin-ryu styles in Okinawa. Shimabukuro was a tenth dan at the time he appealed to Chibana. Out of respect for Chibana, Shimabukuro removed his red belt and wore a white belt while being corrected. This action demonstrated Grand Master Shimabukuro’s strong desire to retain the purity of Shorin-ryu.

* from Shorinryu Karatedo


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