We trace our karate lineage back directly to the recognized written source of Okinawan karate. Historical documents prior to this date were thought to have been mostly destroyed during the Battle for Okinawa during WWII.
The personal body guard to the last three Okinawan Kings who named his self defense techniques Shuri-te. Shuri being the Okinawan capital. Te meaning hand. Another name used is Sui-de, or "our hand". Matsamura was also widely known as Bushi Matsamura, or Warrior Matsamura.
One of Matsamura's most famous students. He also studied with Gusukuma (unrelated to the one mentioned below) He also used the name of his karate as: Shuri te (Shuri hand) and taught:
Shinpan (Shiroma) Gusukuma
A school teacher and acupuncturist. He was well known for his sturdy, powerful karate even though he was small in stature. Okinawan Shuri-te evolved from Gusukuma's senior students.
Known as the ultimate karate expert on Okinawa and taught a wide range of students. Many of his students developed their own karate schools. Chibana called his karate: "Kobayashi", yet others called it "Shorin ryu".
Studied longer with Chibana than any other student. In 1948 Miyahira named his karate school or dojo: Shidokan. Shidokan means "Warrior Way", "Right Way", "Heart Way" or "Gentleman's Way". Miyahira was one of 5 people Chibana promoted to 9th Dan. Chibana relinquished his karate association duties to Miyahira before his death. Miyahira was promoted to 10th Dan by the Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate Association.
Seikichi Iha, Hanshi, 10th Degree
Katsuya Miyahira's senior student. Iha Sensei's name is still listed in rank order right after Katsuya Miyahira's name in the Shidokan Dojo Rank Board in Okinawa as of 2017 long after Miyahira's death. (See photo below)
Iha began his karate studies with his uncle and then with Shinpan (Shiroma) Gusakuma in 1950. When Gusukuma died in 1954 he then began studying at the Shidokan Karate Dojo with Katsuya Miyahira.
Seikichi Iha received his 10th Degree in 2001. Iha began teaching in the Original Okinawan Karate school/dojo in 1975 in Lansing, Michigan and continues to teach there even today. Upon receiving his 10th Dan he named his Association Beikoku Shidokan. Beikoku meaning American, so it means American Shidokan.
Robert Roberto Curtis,Kyoshi, 8th Dan
Began studying martial arts in 1969. He studied judo, Shorinkan Shorin Ryu karate, Shotokan Karate and Kung Fu. He studying with Seikichi Iha in 1979 and continues to do so. During long-term assignments stationed overseas as a Foregin Service Officer (Diplomat) he trained US Embassy Security Personnel, US Marines, foreign security operatives, and people like you. When stationed in the Washington, DC area he always built a cadre of dedicated karate students. Retired from the Foreign Service he now focuses on teaching proven-effective adult focused self defense karate.