Small of stature, karate master Chotoku Kyan developed a form of karate so
effective it made his name a legend in Okinawa. From the early 1930s Zenryo
Shimabukuro studied with Kyan sensei, and when he had mastered the art of his
mentor, opened his own training hall, the Seibukan. In time he was succeeded by
his son, our author, Zenpo.
Seibukan Shorin Ryu karate is a traditional, kata based system that retains
complete combat effectiveness. The legacy of Kyan is still seen today in its
speed, ferocity, and power - attributes that distinguish it from more modern
According to Kyan sensei mastery of his art involved : « seventy percent
perspiration and thirty percent inspiration ». The modern student who follows
the advice of this legendary martial artist will find the effort worthwhile, and
the prize a rich one.
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