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ITOSU-RYU KARATEDO INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION

International Headquarters

Address:1-16-5 Honcho-dori, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 230-0048, JAPAN

Telephone number :+81-45-521-6318

Fax number :+81-45-503-2040

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SOKE'S BIOGRAPHY

Anko Itosu

First Soke​

​Anko Itosu

Kenwa Mabuni

Second Soke​

Kenwa Mabuni​

Ryusho Sakagami

Third Soke​

Ryusho Sakagami​

Sadaaki Sakagami

Fourth Soke​

Sadaaki Sakagami​

Founder / Master Anko Itosu
(1830-1915)


 He recomposed Okinawan indigenous martial arts, called "Ti" or "To-di"

as a modern form of physical exercise and named it "Karate."

He made a lot of katas including the Pinan series.

His style was called "Itosu-ha" during this period.

 

1830

Born in Gibo, Shuri, Okinawa.
Studied Karate from childhood under Master Sokon Matsumura and Master Kosaku Matsumora.

1879

After the abolition of Ryukyu kingdom and establishment of Okinawa prefectures, he devoted himself to teaching Karate.

1901

Taught Karate as part of the physical education curriculum at Shuri Elementary School. This was the first step in the popularization of Karate.

1905

He actively taught Karate at 1st Okinawa Prefectural High School and Teacher Training School as a part-time teacher.

1908

At the age of 77, he wrote "Karate Juka-jo" in October.

1915

Passed away on 26th January at the age of 85.

1964

A monument to Master Anko Itosu was erected in a cemetery on August 30th.

Second Soke / Kenwa Mabuni
(1889-1952)


 He learned Anko Itosu's katas most accurately and mastered all of his katas.

He succeeded him as the 2nd Soke of "Itosu-ha."

Kenwa Mabuni also studied under Kanryo Higaonna of Naha-te.

Taking the first Kanji characters of his two teachers' names and founded "Shito-ryu."

 

1889

Born in Shuri, Okinawa on November 14.

1902

Commenced study under Master Anko Itosu of Shuri-te at the age of 13.

1908

Studied under Master Kanryo Higaonna by recommendation of Chojun Miyagi.

1914

Served as a Detective for Naha Police Department. He was fortunate enough to have

the opportunity to learn about other Karate schools and Ryukyu Kobudo.

1918

Presided over "Karate Kenkyu kai" in May.

1925

He opened a Dojo in his home in April and established the "Karate Kenkyu Club".

1929

Moved to Osaka in order to promote Karate mainly at universities in western Japan.

1934

Opened "Yoshu-kan Karate Dojo".

1939

Established Shito-ryu. Registered the name with Dainippon Butoku-kai.

He was bestowed the title Karatedo Renshi by this association.

1952

Passed away on May 23 at the age of 64.

 

Third Soke / Ryusho Sakagami
(1915 - 1993)

He succeeded to the position of third Itosu-ha Soke in accordance with

the direction of Master Kenwa Mabuni on January 2nd, 1952.

He officially changed the name of the style "Itosu-ryu" and he established

"Japan Karatedo Itosu-kai" to preserve and promote the style.
 
Other Titles:
 Japan Karatedo Federation Hanshi 9th dan
Ryukyu Kobudo Hanshi 8th dan
Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido Hanshi 8th dan
All Japan Kendo Federation Hanshi 7th dan
Shindo Muso-ryu Jodo Kyoshi 7th dan
Founder of Ryukyu Kobudo Kongo-ryu

1915

Born in Kawanishi city, Hyogo on April 13.

1929

Studied Tomari-te Matsumora-ha under Master Tamashiro from Okinawa in August.

1935

Entered Kokushi-kan Kendo department. He studied Karatedo and Ryukyu Kobudo under Master Moden Yabiku.

1937

Studied Shito-ryu Karatedo and Ryukyu Kobudo under Kenwa Mabuni.

1940

Established Shito-ryu Karatedo Sakagami Dojo in March.

1941

Master Kenwa Mabuni bestowed upon him the Shito-ryu Shihan certificate on December 1st.

1944

Dainippon Butoku-kai bestowed upon him the title Karatedo Renshi on April 17th.

1952

Succeeded to the poshhon of third Itosu-ha Soke in accordance with the direction of Master Kenwa Mabuni on January 2nd.

1954

Established "Nihon Genbu-kan Karate Dojo" in Katsushika ward, Tokyo.

1955

Moved Dojo to Tsurumi ward, Yokohama. Changed the name to Japan Karatedo Itosu-kai and made it the Head Dojo.

1957

Became a founding member of Japan Karatedo Rengokai and was elected as the 1st Chairman of the Board.

1960

Master Shinken Taira bestowed upon him the Ryukyu Kobudo Shihan certificate on May 1st.

1963

Master Shinken Taira bestowed upon him Ryukyu Kobudo Hanshi 8th Dan on May 1st.
Newly Established the Head Dojo at the current location on December 1st.

1964

Took part in the establishment of the Japan Karatedo Federation (JKF) on October 1st.

1967

Japan Karatedo Rengokai bestowed upon him Karatedo Hanshi 9th Dan on March 19th.

1969

Became a JKF Technical Committee Member and Consultant in November.

1972

Became a JKF First Grade Examiner.

1974

JKF bestowed upon him Karatedo 8th Dan on March 1st.

1980

JKF bestowed upon him the title Karatedo Hanshi on October 1st.

1981

Became a Technical Consultant of Japan Karatedo Rengokai in October.

1982

Japan Budo Society bestowed upon him the Award for Distinguished Service Award in a field of Budo on January 15th.

1984

Established Ryukyu Kobudo "Kongo-ryu".

1992

Japan Karatedo Rengokai bestowed upon him Karatedo 10th Dan on August 19th.

1993

Passed away at the age of 78 on December 28th.
Held certifications of Kendo Hanshi 7th Dan, Jodo Kyoshi 7th Dan and Iaido Hanshi 8th Dan.

1994

JKF bestowed upon him Hanshi 9th Dan posthumously on June 22nd.

Fourth Soke / Sadaaki Sakagami
(1942 -)

He succeeded to the position of 4th Itosu-ryu Soke and

became the President of Japan Karatedo Itosu-kai on April 30th, 1994.

.He established"Itosu-ryu Karatedo International Federation"

to  promote the style to worldwide.

 
Other Titles:
 Japan Karatedo Federation Hanshi 8th dan
All Japan Kendo Federation Kyoshi 7th dan
Shindo Muso-ryu Jodo Kyoshi 6th dan
Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iai-do Kyoshi 5th dan
Ryukyu Kobudo Kongo-ryu Shuseki Shihan
 

1942

Born in Kawanishi, Hyogo as the first son of Ryusho Sakagami on March 9th.

1954

Studied Karatedo and Kendo under his father Ryusho from the age of 12.

1956

Performed Kata at the Head Dojo's establishment ceremony on May 13.

1960

Studied Ryukyu Kobudo under Master Shinken Taira from February.

1966

Became Kata champion at the 4th Rengokai Western Japan Tournament on September 11th.

1967

Became Kata champion at the 4th Itosu-kai National Championships on November 19th.

1969

Became Kata champion of the 8th Rengokai National Championships on May 4th. 
Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinko Kai Kanto Area General Manager on November 11th.

1970

Performed Ryukyu Kobudo with his father Ryusho at the 1st World Karatedo Championships on October 10th in Tokyo, Japan.

1973

Ryusho, his father bestowed upon him the Itosu-ryu Shihan certification on October 1st. Started instruction as a fulltime Shihan at the general Head Dojo.

1975

Went to Canada to instruct Karate. Since then he has taught Karate all over the world.

1983

Acquired official 7th Dan of the Japan Karatedo Federation (JKF) on November 6th.

1985

Became a JKF 2nd Grade Examiner in April 1st.

1992

Japan Karatedo Rengokai bestowed upon him Karatedo 8th Dan on August 19th.

1994

Succeeded to the position of 4th Itosu-ryu Soke and became the President of Japan Karatedo Itosu-kai on April 30th.

1995

Ryukyu Kobudo "Kongoryu" Head Instructor on April 1st.

1997

JKF bestowed upon him the title of Karatedo Kyoshi on March 15th.

1999

Became a chief secretaty of the JKF Central Technical Committee Member on April 1st.

2000

Earned the honor as Karatedo Hanshi from Japan Karatedo Rengokai.

2002

Japan Karatedo Federaion (JKF) bestowed upon him Karatedo 8th Dan on March 10th.

2003

On April 1st, Installed as vice chairperson of JKF Central Technical Committee and held the post of chief secretary concurrently.

2004

Became a JKF 1st Grade Examiner in April 1st.

2005

On March 21st, installed as Vice President of Nippon Karate do Rengokai.

On April 1st, installed as Chairperson of JKF Central Technical Committee.

JKF bestowed upon him the title of Karatedo Hanshi on December 10th.

2008

On August 23rd, installed as Deputy President of Nippon Karate do Rengokai.

2010

Japan Karatedo Rengokai bestowed upon him Karatedo 9th Dan on October10th.

2013

Nihon Karatedo Rengokai President (Japan Karatedo Rengokai) on February 23th.

Other Martial Arts care: Holds titles of Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan, Iaido 5th Dan, Jodo Kyoshi 6th Dan and Ryukyu Kobudo "Kongoryu" Head Instructor.