History from Yoshiaka Koshiro

Hanshi Seiji Iramaji, 10th Dan
Kyoshi Takaya Yabiku, 8th dan
Kyoshi Chuck Chandler, 7th dan
International Advisor
Joyce Stech,
5th dan Secretary
Nicholas Stech,
4th dan
Dai Senpai

Irimaji Seiji, Hanshi - Takaya Yabiku, Kyoshi
Chuck Chandler, Kyoshi - Joyce Stech,Renshi - Nick Stech, Sensei


Koshinryu Kohokan Karate Do Kyokai

The Koshiro family wishes to be called Koshiro and not Kojo.

Chairman:  Katomi Koshiro (top rank Grand master)
Date of birth:    February 13, 1909   Date of transition:  June 3, 1995

History of martial art:  Katomi started learning karate under the instruction of the fourth Grand master Kaho Katomi ( his grandfather) when he was 12 years old.  He then studied karate under the fifth Grand master Saikyo Koshiro (his father) and also Shuren Koshiro ( his uncle).  He continued to study karate to his death; the art of karate, of a walking stick, of Judo of Sekiguchiru, Judo (3 and), bayonet and fencing (Shodan).


History of Koshiroryu

After the war was over, Koshiroryu was named on advices given by the parties concerned.  When one says "the art of karate", it means the family warriors or Bushi family.  The family of Koshiro has been well known among the general public in the village.

These kata (forms) were named as Koshiroryu after the Koshiroryu family.  Koshiroryu was kept secret to the public similar to other karate people.  This one initiation of the art of karate with one family has been handed down from father to son.  Therefore, it is recognized to be an illusive karate.

The founder of Koshiroryu Karate, Grand master Koshiro (the Chinese name was Sai Shiko), studied Chinese martial strategy and he was qualified for a license of initiation of mysteries of the martial art.  He returned to Okinawa from China.

It was reported that he taught his relatives the martial art of karate.  Wrestling and scrimmage were included in the martial art upon his return to Okinawa from China.

First Grand master Koshiro Chinpe ( he was born a warrior).  It was reported that Koshiro Chinpe combined Koshiroryu scrimmage with the Chinese art of karate and created many new techniques and initiated them to the younger generation.

Second Grand master Saishoi ( he was born Saint Old man)  Saishoi (1816-1906) enjoyed longevity and lived to be 90 years old.  In the general chart he was the only Chinese named. He resided in Kume village, Naha City, Okinawa, Japan.  He was known as expert of the art of using a wooden bar, but he supposedly was not good at karate.  Later, he made every effort to study and mastered karate.  He created "Koshiroryu art of the wooden bar" and mastered the mysteries of concealment of a sword and flying art.

Third Grand master Isei Koshiro  (also known as Meijin in Japanese or Grand master)  Isei Koshiro (1832-1891) died at the age of 59.  When he was 16 years old, he went to China with his father, Saishi, where he learned Confucianism and mastered Chinese military laws, Chinese karate-do, Chinese spear and archery.  He returned to Okinawa when he was 36 years old. His teacher of karate was a Chinese named "Iwaa" under whom he learned karate.  His teacher worked at a castle and was kept quite busy.  Isei replaced his teacher and worked for the teacher for a long period of time.  That is the reason for his late arrival back home to Okinawa from China.

Taitei Koshiro (also known as "old man with a strong and hard fist")  Taitei (1837-1917) lived to the great old age of 90 years.  Like Isei, he went to China where he studied Confucianism, Chinese military laws, Chinese karate-do, Chinese spear and archery.  His teacher was Wishinzan by name.  Isei is his cousin.  He had serious arguments with Kanryo Higashiona of Gojuryu ( an originator of Naha karate).  These arguments have been known as "triple hot argument".

Fourth Grand master Koho Koshiro (Scholar and old man)  Koho Koshiro (1849-1925)  lived 76 years of age. He learned Confucianism, Chinese karate-do, Chinese spear and the art of wooden bar and stick.  Koho Koshiro created the Koshiroryu stick art.  He was also a first class calligrapher (penmanship).

Homei Koshiro (also known as "red beard" or "Akahige" in Japanese)  Homei Koshiro (1861-1916)  died at the age of 59 years old.  He studied Confucianism, the art of the wooden bar and karate-do, and Chinese karate-do.  He was a grand champion of Okinawan Sumo wrestling.

Fifth Grand master  Saikyo Koshiro (also known as "King of Kume Island") Saikyo Koshiro (1873-1941) died at the age of 78.  He studied the art of karate and art of stick and Judo.

Shuren Koshiro (tough director)  Shuren Koshiro (1883-1945)  has been known as a warrior Maezato or an old man Maezato.

The Koshinryu Kohokan Karate Do Kyokai teaches the following kata:
Tenkan        Kukan        Chikan        Hakkaku    Hakuryu Biyakko    

Takaya Yabiku was born in 1945 in Kumamoto City.  From age 6 to 16 years, he trained with his father and grandfather.  Under the guidance of Hohan Soken and later Irimaji Seiji, he continued his karate training.  He continued his kobudo training under the guidance of Saburo Kochinda and Takeo Mekaru.   
Kyoshi Yabiku has spent ten years in overseas service projects.  Takaya Yabiku received the title of Renshi from Hohan Soken and the title of Kyoshi from Seiji Irimaji (Okinawa Koshin-ryu Kohokan Karate-do and Kobudo Association).

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