Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai (KNBK)

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The Kokusai Nippon Budō-Kai (KNBK) is the successor organisation to the Jikishin-Kai International (JKI), both of which were founded by the late Shimabukuro Masayuki Hanshi (see below for his bio). Since the time of Shimabukuro Hanshi's passing in September 2012, the JKI website has served primarily as a tribute to his memory. The operational responsibilities of preserving and disseminating traditional Japanese budō have now been assumed by the KNBK under the leadership of its chairman, Carl E. Long Hanshi.

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 official KNBK website.

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 modern times.

Born 27th March 1948 in Ōsaka, Japan, Shimabukuro Masayuki Hanshi began his budō 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 budō.   But it was in 1975 and the commencement of his training in Nippon kobudō that would have the most profound impact on his life and his future in budō.  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, Japan, and it was there that Shimabukuro Hanshi began his study of iaijutsu and jōjutsu.  It was also there that Shimabukuro Hanshi began his transformation from a budō afficianado into a man imbued with the true spirit and character of a samurai!  By the time he moved to the United States ... (full article here)

Carl E. Long, Sōshihan

Posted by Michaela Pellman on 14 August 2010

Carl Long, SoshihanCarl E. Long, 22nd sōshihan (headmaster) of Masaoka-Ha Musō Jikiden Eishin-Ryū iaijutsu is the first non-Japanese to succeed to the leadership of a traditional Japanese style of koryū budō.

Long Hanshi began his training in Shobayashi Shorin-Ryu karate-dō in 1968.  In the years that followed, he also trained in Okinawa kobudō and aikidō.  In the mid-1990s he met and began training with Shimabukuro Hanshi, traveling frequently to the JKI hombu dōjō in San Diego.  He was named the East Coast Representative of the JKI in 1995.  In 2006 he was named Vice Chairman of the JKI, and Vice Chairman of the KNBK upon its formation the following year.

Shortly before his untimely death, Shimabukuro Sōshihan appointed Long Hanshi as his successor.  As the 22nd sōshihan of Eishin-Ryū, he currently holds the ranks of hachidan (8th level "black belt") in iaijutsu and Shorin-Ryū karate-dō, rokudan (6th level) in Shitō-Ryū karate-dō, and godan (5th level) in jōjutsu and Okinawa kobujutsu.  A more complete and detailed biography of Long Hanshi is available here.

"Jikishin Kore Dōjō Nari"

Posted by Pellman Shihan 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."  The Kokusai Nippon Budō Kai, as the successor organisation to the JKI and through the diligent efforts of Carl Long Hanshi, maintains this precept and continues the long JKI tradition of instilling in all its members an on-going commitment to seek perfection of character and attainment of a pure heart, both in and out of the dōjō

Why Join KNBK?

Posted by C. Michael Scranton on 15 August 2010

Why Join?The agreements the Seishin-Kan has with a number of venues prohibit us from mandating that participants join any organisation other than our local dōjō, so at most locations KNBK membership is optional.  However, we strongly encourage all Seishin-Kan members who train in karate-dō, iaijutsu, and/or kenjutsu to join the KNBK

KNBK membership dues are only $15.00 per year for yūkyūsha and $25.00 per year for yūdansha.  For that nominal fee participants are an integral part of one of the most prestigious and widely recognised global organisations serving the budō community!  The KNBK serves as the official worldwide governing body of both Shimabukuro-Ha Shitō-Ryū karate-dō and Masaoka-Ha Musō Jikiden Eishin-Ryū iaijutsu, as well as one of the primary governing bodies of Shindō Musō-Ryū jōjutsu.  In addition, it is one of the largest groups authorised to instruct and promulgate Ono-Ha Ittō-Ryū kenjutsu.  Thus, KNBK members are assured that any ranking they receive in these arts is recognised and accepted worldwide.

Another major benefit of KNBK membership is the opportunity to attend regional and national seminars and training events in these arts, which are open exclusively to KNBK membership.  These events not only provide the highest level of training available and contact with many of the leading practitioners of these arts from around the world, but also provide opportunities to obtain instructor certification in the arts mentioned. 

Anyone desiring to achieve dan ranking in these arts should join the KNBK as early as possible in their training.   We also firmly believe that membership in the KNBK is a means of demonstrating one's respect for the arts in which they are training and the many generations of leaders and instructors who devoted their lives to passing down the priceless heritage embodied in those arts.  For that reason alone—and perhaps above all others, we urge all Seishin-Kan members to join the KNBK early in their training.

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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