choki-motobu-headshotChoki Motobu
1871 - 1944
Known as The Monkey King and a Brawler
Known to of only lost 1 fight
Most notable by his Victory against a Russian Boxer
Direct Student of both Itosu and Higaonna
kosei-kokuba-headshotKosei Kokuba
1901 – October 17, 1959
Direct student of Choki Motobu
Founder of Motobu-Ha Shito-Ryu Karate-Do
Founded the Seshin-Kan in 1943 and it became Seishin-Kai by 1947
tommy-morita-headshotTommy Morita
1919 - 2000
Likely the most well rounded Martial Artist in Hawaii during his time. Black belt in Kendo, Kenpo, Okinawan and Japanese Karate, Kobudo and Jujitsu. Brown Belt in Judo and has some training in Tai Chi and Gung Fu. Also an accomplished Boxer.
aihara-headshotKiyoshi Aihara
1932 – July 1, 2017
Known as Popeye
Direct student of Gichin Funakoshi and Egami
Founder of Zen Shoto Kai Karate Do
izumikawa-headshotKanki Izumikawa
April 16, 1908 – November 1, 1967
Master of Goju-Ryu Karate Do
Koga-Ryu Kobudo
Katsu-Ryu Kempo
shogo-kuniba-headshotShogo Kuniba
February 5, 1935 – July 14, 1992
Hereditary Leader "Soke" of Motobu-Ha Shito-Ryu Karate-Do
Founder of Goshin-Do
soke-ruiz-headshotSoke Joseph Ruiz
l943 - Current
Known as "Mr. Kata" because of his robust knowledge of over 200 Kata
Founded the IKKU - International Karate Kobudo Union in 1986
Founder of Kotosu-Ha Shito-Ryu Karate-Do
Hanshi Ronald Downton
l952 - Current
Assistant Director of the IKKU - International Karate Kobudo Union