Soke Hoshu Ikeda, founder of the Joshinmon Shorin-Ryu Style.
So-Shihan Hoshu Ikeda, was the founder of the Joshinmon Shorin-Ryu Style.
The Style was established in 1969 in Tokyo, Japan. It combines two mayor styles: Shorin-Ryu (Kyan Chotoku) and Shorinji-Ryu (Isamu Tamatsu)
Joshinmon Shorin Ryu was named based on Grand Master Hoshu Ikeda's philosophy which says, "You cannot teach karate as a means for harming another man".
Grand Master Hoshu Ikeda was born in China to Japanese parents. When he was twelve years old, the family returned to Japan, where Mr. Ikeda began his study of Shorin Ryu Karate. His training led him to Okinawa where he learned Matsumura Shorin Ryu (Tomari-te). He studied Okinawan Shorin Ryu and Shorinji Ryu and his lineage can be traced to Shorinji Ryu Karate-Do founder Soke Isamu Tamotsu (1919-2000), President of Renshinkan Karate in Kagoshima, Japan and to the Okinawan Master Chotoku Kyan, one of the greatest and father of most of the existing karate styles.
Grand Master Ikeda went on to establish the Joshinmon Federation in 1969. It is now an international organization with many branches. He wrote various books on karate, which have become best sellers. They are among the most comprehensive books written on the history and origin of karate. The books also illustrate kata and technique, but it is the research into and explanation of all aspects of karate, which have made these books so popular. In addition, he has published teaching and training karate videos. "There is so much more to karate living than mere punching and kicking."
Perhaps it is this attitude toward teaching that has endeared Grand Master Ikeda to the karate's female population. It is estimated that he has the largest female following in karate. During the 14th Annual Karate Championships, Grand Master Ikeda was represented by over 600 contestants. In and of itself, this is not a great number, until you consider that all of the contestants were women participating in a women only tournament. In a land where women are not yet encouraged to exhibit talent in many ways, Grand Master Ikeda's all-women tournaments provide an excellent outlet for women, offering sparring, kata, self-defense demonstrations and performing with weapons (Kobudo).
To Grand Master Ikeda all aspects are important, "You cannot practice kata without basics, basics without sparring and so on. It's like the sun and the moon. Both are needed just as you have the front of your body and the back of your body."
Soke Hoshu Ikeda
Master Kyan Chotoku was born in 1870, to a very wealthy family in Shuri, Okinawa, the cradle of Karate. At the tender age of five he was taught the empty hand art of self-defense from his father Chofu Kyan and his grandfather. Every morning Kyan was required to perform specific exercises by his grandfather, who had a very discerning eye and required nothing less than perfection. Being born into a rich family he was able to devote all of his time studying the martial arts and was sent to the best Okinawan Karate teachers available.
In those days, a Karate Sensei had only three or four Kata, therefore Master Kyan went to many teachers in hope of gaining a well rounded view of the art. Kyan's father was an official of the King, and because of this Kyan was able to gain instruction from many of the great Teachers in Okinawa. Sokon Matsumura of Shuri was at that time the Karate Teacher of the King. Matsumura taught Master Kyan the Kata, "Seisan" and "Gojushiho". Kyan learned the most from Matsumora (Shorin-Ryu teacher of Tomari) including the kata "Chinto". Another great teacher of Tomari was Pechin Maeda. Kyan studied quite a while under Maeda Sensei and learned the Kata "Wansu". He learned the Kata, "Passai", under Pechin Oyadomari Kokan of Tomari. Pechin was a title, given to someone in employment of the King. The next teacher Kyan studied with was the small 4ft, 10 inches tall, Yara of Chatan, a power packed dynamite of a man. Chatan Yara Sensei taught Kyan the longest and most beautiful Kata "Kusanku". Some times known as "Yara no Kusanku". His last teacher was Tokumine, who was reputed to be the best Bo, (Staff) man on Okinawa. Sensei Kyan traveled to the island of Yaeyama and studied the Bo and the Bo-Kata "Tokumine no Kon".
After completing his apprenticeship under the six famous Okinawan Shorin-Ryu masters, Kyan started to teach the art at his home. In the 1920's Kyan traveled to mainland Japan to promote the art. On his return he visited Taiwan on a martial arts exchange tour of Okinawan and Chinese Martial Arts. Being proficient in both arts, Kyan invented his own Kata "Ananku". In the late 1920's Kyan moved to the village of Kadena due to personal and financial problems. There he taught a small number of devoted students who were introduced by friends and city officials. One student, Zenryo Shimabukuro of Chatan was introduced by a school headmaster and accepted as a student. Zenryo Shimabukuro studied 10 years under the tutelage of Master Kyan until Kyan's death. Food was scarce during WWII and whatever food master Kyan obtained, he gave to the children. He felt it was his duty to take care of those who could not take care of themselves. In 1945 at the age of 75 grandmaster Kyan passed away from hunger.
Master Kyan Chotoku
Master Kyan Chotoku
Master Zenryo Shimabukuro
Master Jyoen Nakazato
Master Isamu Tamatsu
Other Masters that influenced our linage
Master Kyan Chotoku with Nakazato in a group