Jikishin-Kai International (JKI)

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The Jikishin-Kai International (JKI), was founded by the late Shimabukuro Masayuki Hanshi in 1991 under the name Japan Karate Institute (also "JKI"),  but its origins go back to its namesake, the Nippon Kobudō Jikishin-Kai.   The Nippon Kobudo Jikishin-Kai was founded in Osaka, Japan, in 1975 by Miura Takeyuki Hidefusa Sōshihan to serve as the worldwide governing organisation for Masaoka-Ha Musō Jikiden Eishin-Ryū Iaijutsu.  In 1990, Miura Sōshihan appointed Shimabukuro Shihan as the USA Director of the Jikishin-Kai, and in 1992 — upon his appointment to the title of Kyōshi — Shimabukuro founded the Nippon Kobudo Jikishin-Kai USA.  In 1995, Miura Sōshihan appointed Shimabukuro Kyōshi as International Director of the Jikishin-Kai, at which time Shimabukuro founded the Jikishin-Kai International.  For a brief time the Nippon Kobudo Jikishin-Kai USA and Jikishin-Kai International operated as separate entities -- the former serving member dōjō within the USA and the latter serving member dōjō in all nations other than the USA and Japan.  But in 1997, the Japan Karate Institute and Nippon Kobudō Jikishin-Kai USA were merged into the Jikishin-Kai International to form a single entity best known simply as the JKI.

Since the time of Shimabukuro Hanshi's passing in the fall of 2012, the JKI website has served primarily as a tribute to his memory. The operational responsibilities of preserving and disseminating traditional Japanese martial arts have been assumed by the KNBK under the leadership of its chairman, Carl E. Long.

Through their diligent efforts, the KNBK now has member dōjō and training groups (kenkyūkai) throughout North, Central, and South America, Europe, Asia, and AustraliaClick here to visit the JKI website.

"Jikishin Kore Dōjō Nari"

Posted by Pellman Sensei on 15 August 2010

The Nippon Kobudō Jikishin-Kai took its name from an ancient Zen saying:  "Jikishin kore dōjō nari," which translates as "a pure heart transforms into a dōjō."  Guiding its members to achieve this transformation was the sole purpose of the Jikishin-Kai and the teachings of both Miura Sōshihan and Shimabukuro Hanshi.  Their desire was that every student of classical Japanese budō come to fully understand this proverb and live it out in the world.  They believed that each of our lives is like a pebble dropped in a pond.  It sends ripples into our surroundings.  One transformed life affects countless others and is capable of making meaningful change purely by its example to others.

Few of us enter the dōjō on our first day with pure hearts.  We go there to learn martial arts, and our motives in seeking to do so are often anything but pure.  So the first step of this transformation ... (full article here)

Shimabukuro Masayuki Hidenobu Hanshi

Posted by Michaela Pellman on 14 August 2010

Karate-doFrom humble beginnings, Shimabukuro Masayuki Hanshi rose to become one of the most accomplished and influential martial artists of the early 21st century.

Born in 1948 in Ōsaka, Japan, Shimabukuro Masayuki Hanshi began his martial arts training in his early teens with jūdō, karate-dō, and Ryūkyū kobudō.  By the age of 30 he held dan (black belt) rankings in several styles of martial arts.   But it was in 1975 that he began the training in Nippon kobudō that would have the most profound impact on his life and his future in martial arts.  It was in the same year that the Nippon Kobudō Jikishin-Kai was founded that Shimabukuro Hanshi became a direct student of the Jikishin-Kai's founder, Miura Takeyuki Sōshihan

A Shintō priest, Miura Sōshihan established the hombu (main or headquarters) dōjō on the grounds of Yasaka Jinja, a Shintō shrine in the Neyagawa district of Ōsaka, and it was there that Shimabukuro Hanshi began his study of iaijutsu and jōjutsu.  And it was there that Shimabukuro Hanshi began his transformation from martial artist to true samurai!  By the time he moved to the United States ... (full article here)

The Seishin-Kan

Posted by C. Michael Scranton on 15 August 2010

Seishin-Kan LogoIn April 1989, Leonard J. Pellman Sensei founded the Skyline Karate Club in Lemon Grove, California.  The Skyline Karate Club was among the handful of dōjō that affiliated with the Nippon Kobudō Jikishin-Kai from the very start.  In 1992, when the Nippon Kobudo Jikishin-Kai USA was founded, the Skyline Karate Club opened its first dōjō in a strip mall in Rancho San Diego, California.  Since it was no longer operating out of the Skyline Wesleyan Church recreation centre, it had to be renamed.  Pellman Sensei initially renamed it the Yōgi-Kan (養義館), but Shimabukuro explained that it was a name better suited to a dōjō for Yakuza than for budōka, and suggested the name Seishin-Kan (正心館) instead, since 正心 is almost identical in meaning to 直心.  By the end of 1992, the name had been officially changed to Nippon Budō Seishin-Kan, and is customarily abridged to simply the Seishin-Kan in conversation.

In 1992 and 1993 the  Seishin-Kan dōjō in Rancho San Diego was designated as the "San Diego Hombu" for the Nippon Kobudō Jikishin-Kai USA, which was operated from Shimabukuro Hanshi's home in Escondido, California.  In late 1994, the Seishin-Kan sold its Rancho San Diego dojo to another JKI member and moved to Aurora, Colorado.  By this time, the JKI had opened its own dojo in San Diego, and ... (read more here)

Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai

Posted by C. Michael Scranton on 15 August 2010

KNBK LogoIn 2007, Shimabukuro Hanshi founded the Kokusai Nippon Budō Kai (KNBK), and registered its name in Japan.  This was done in response to the failing health of Miura Sōshihan and the uncertainty over his succession at the Nippon Kobudō Jikishin-Kai in Japan.  As a naturalised American citizen for over 20 years, Shimabukuro Hanshi was unwilling to move back to Japan to lead the hombu dōjō in Ōsaka, so there was a possibility that following Miura Sōshihan's death his continued use of the "Jikishin-Kai" name might be contested by whoever assumed leadership of hombu dōjō.  For the next five years the JKI and KNBK operated in parallel with each other, but that was to change in 2012.

On 19 June 2012, Miura Sōshihan passed away, and Shimakuro Hanshi succeeded him as the 21st sōshihan of Masaoka-Ha Musō Jikiden Eishin-Ryū.  As feared, the death of Miura Soshihan created a rift among his senior disciples and contention over his successorship at hombu dōjō in Japan.  Thanks to his foresight, however, the transition of Shimabukuro Hanshi to leadership of the style and the continuation of the KNBK went smoothly.  But tragedy struck only months later, when Shimabukuro Sōshihan succumbed to liver cancer on 07 September 2012.  Nevertheless, he had made arrangements for his succession by ... (continued here)

Kagami Journal

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The JKI publishes a quarterly journal entitled Kagami ("The Mirror"), which not only provides vital information about upcoming JKI events, but is one of the best sources of information and deeper knowledge of classical martial arts available in the world today.

Kagami is available in our member's area.  A past issue can be viewed ... (more)

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