Welcome to "YOSHUKAN" DOJO - Branch of Greece
Shito Ryu Karate Do maintains the most intimate connection with traditional Karate, since it preserves the elements of the two dominant Okinawan schools, Shuri-te, Naha-te and Kobudo (weaponry). The system contains more Kata than any other style, and is one of the four style recognized by the World Karate Federation.
Kenwa Mabuni, founder (ryuso) of Shito ryu Karate do, was born on November 14, 1889 in Shuri, Okinawa (Okinawa is the largest of the Ryukyu islands, which stretches to the south-west of mainland Japan). He was a 17th generation descendent of a lord of the old Ryukyu kingdom called Kenio Oshiro, and his family was given the noble title "Onioshiro".
The two systems, Shuri-te (based on linear movements) and Naha-te (based on circular movements), constitute the base of the system Kenwa Mabuni later created. In the beginning, he named this Hanko Ryu (half-hard style). Later he changed the name to Shito Ryu.
Sensei Kenwa Mabuni, having the intention of honoring his two main teachers, named his art Shito Ryu. This is a combination of the first characters of their names. "Shi" is the pronunciation of "Ito" (from master Itosu) and "To" is the pronunciation of "Higa" (from master Higaonna). "Ryu" means school.
On March 1934, Kenwa Mabuni, established his personal dojo in Osaka. This was named "Yoshukan" (cultivation of superior skill and spirit). After his death, the title of the dojo passed on his first born son and successor, Kenei Mabuni.