Chosin Chibana (1886-1969)

The founder of Shorin-ryu Karate was the first person to be awarded a 10th Dan (Hanshi) by the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai (the Japanese Martial Virtue Society). Chibana Sensei began his study of karate at the age of 15 under Anko Itosu and was the president of the Okinawa Shorin-ryu Karate-do Association He brought great honour to Okinawa when on April 29, 1968 the Emperor of Japan awarded him the 4th order of merit for his lifelong devotion to karate-do.


Katsuya Miyahira

Upon Chibana's death, Miyahira Sensei became the President of the Okinawa Shorin-ryu Karate-do Association and the 10th Dan (Hanshi). Hanshi Miyahira was born in Nishihara City, Okinawa on August 16, 1918 and died November 28, 2010. He began training under Chibana Sensei in 1933 and also trained with his uncle, Anbun Tokuda and Choki Motobu. Miyahira Sensei's maxims of:
• Gouri (reason)
• Gouho (legal or true form)
• Kiyoson(co-operation)
• Kiyoyei (fellowship, friendship)
are the foundation stones of Shorin-ryu Shido-kan karate. In September of 2000, Miyahira Sensei was recognized as an "intangible cultural asset"; by the Okinawa Prefecture Board of Education for his life-long commitment to teaching Karate-do. Miyahira Sensei's most senior student is Seikichi Iha.


Seikichi Iha

Seikichi Iha was born July 9, 1932, in Nishihara City, Okinawa. Iha Sensei began training in 1950 with Shinpan Gusukuma (Shiroma). After Gusukuma Sensei's death in 1954, he began training with Miyahira Sensei, after they were introduced by Iha Sensei's friend, Shoei Miyazato. Miyahira Sensei sent Iha to the Philippines and Guam to be an ambassador for Okinawa Shorin-ryu Shidokan. On March 25, 2001, Miyahira Sensei promoted him to 10th Dan (Hanshi). Iha Sensei was responsible for bringing Shorin-ryu Shidokan to North America and has been teaching at his Original Okinawa Karate Dojo in Lansing, Michigan since 1975. He is the most senior practitioner of Shorin-ryu Karate in North America and is the North American Director for Shorin-ryu Shidokan. On May, 19, 2020,  Denny Tamaki, Governor of Okinawa, awarded Iha Sensei the title of Intangible Cultural Asset, designating Iha Sensei a national treasure. To date, only 20 people have been given this designation and this is the first time the award has been given to an individual living outside of Okinawa. 


Roy M. Paul

Roy M. Paul began karate in 1973, studying Chito Ryu, in Belleville, Ontario under Sensei Kenzo Dozono. Roy has been involved in Shorin-ryu karate since 1987 and has been a student of Iha Sensei since 1992. In 1998 he was appointed Canadian Director by Senseis Miyahira and Iha. On March 12, 2011, he was promoted to 6th Dan by Iha Sensei and awarded a Shihan certificate and on October 29, 2022 was promoted to 8th Dan and awarded the title of Kyoshi. Roy has had the honour to travel with Iha Sensei around the world and has competed in world tournaments in Okinawa. He has also had opportunity to train with Katsuya Miyahira, 10th Dan, Shorin-ryu Shido-kan: Shugoro Nakazato, 10th Dan, Shorin-ryu Shorin Kan: Shoei Miyazato 10th Dan, Shorin-ryu Miyazato Dojo and Kensei Taba, 10th Dan, Shogen Ryu. 


Margaret Paul

Margaret Paul has been involved in Shorin-ryu Shido-kan karate since 1993, after trying karate as a way to get in shape for baseball, during the winter months. She was promoted by Iha Sensei to 7th degree black belt on November 19th, 2021 and awarded the title of Kyoshi. Margaret has also travelled with Iha Sensei and has competed in world tournaments in Okinawa, the Bahamas and South America. Sensei Margaret finds karate a great way to deal with the daily stresses of working as an self employed software developer.


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