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Shimpan Shiroma Shito-Ryu

I’ve just read Mark Bishop’s Okinawan Karate and particularly interested in Shimpan Shiroma Shito-Ryu. All along I thought that Shito-Ryu brought to mainland Japan by Mabuni Sensei and has no trace left in Okinawa. But apparently, the book shows that there are at least two Shito-Ryu kaiha there, Kenwa Mabuni Shito-Ryu and Shimpan Shiroma Shito-Ryu. Kenwa Mabuni Shito-Ryu was brought back to Okinawa from mainland Japan, and Shimpan Shiroma Shito-Ryu was developed by Mabuni Sensei’s close friend, Shimpan Shiroma who was also a student of Anko Itosu and Kanryo Higaonna. Since I also do Shito-Ryu aside from Goju-Ryu, I’m intrigued by this fact. Was Shito-Ryu actually developed by both of them? What is the differences of Shimpan Shiroma’s Shito-Ryu and Mabuni Sensei’s? How Japanese has they become? And a lot of other questions. This fact really make me even more eager to visit Okinawa, not only to train with IOGKF, but also pay a visit to Shito-Ryu dojos there.

I have tried googling to look for some sources in the internet, but until now I haven’t found anything. If anyone know about those two styles, please let me know 🙂 Oh ya, while I was browsing around, I found some interesting short biography of Ken Sakio, Manzo Iwata and some other first generation of Shito-Ryu masters here. It’s interesting that Ken Sakio had trained with Choki Motobu-Sensei, Chibana Choshin-Sensei and Shimpan Shiroma-Sensei. Nowadays practitioners tend to stick to one sensei and restrict themself the opportunity to develop their karate from other masters out there.


January 10, 2008 - Posted by | Martial Arts, Shito-Ryu | , , ,


  1. i wish to know more about shiroma shito-ryu, can you help me ?

    Comment by kishorkumar vhankhande | February 24, 2008 | Reply

  2. As much as I like to share with you, unfortunately I don’t actually have that much information on that style. I only catch a glimpse of it from Mark Bishop’s book. 😦

    Comment by fuermischung | February 25, 2008 | Reply

  3. hi, thanks for reply. we are a shito-ryu karate-do organisation in india and are willing to fetch new style, possibly a shito-ryu karate-do fraction, can you help me

    Comment by kishorkumar vhankhande | April 6, 2008 | Reply

  4. Hi Kishorkumar, I’m really sorry, I don’t think I can fulfill your wish. I’m still very much learning from other people and I also don’t have any dojo, and neither do I have any relation to the authority. I only wish to share and learn from other people, unfortunately outside of it I can’t really help. Have a nice day 🙂

    Comment by fuermischung | April 7, 2008 | Reply

  5. is this a style recognised by wkf?

    Comment by kishorkumar vhankhande | April 7, 2008 | Reply

  6. Honestly I’m not sure about this style being recognized by WKF since I don’t have more information about this style. But I also think that whether or not the style is recognized, the lineage is very much convincing and genuine.

    Comment by fuermischung | April 11, 2008 | Reply

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