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 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 martial arts 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 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 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 and the commencement of his 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.  It was also there that Shimabukuro Hanshi began his transformation from a martial arts afficianado into a true 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 succeeding years, 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 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."  The Kokusai Nippon Budō Kai, as the successor organisation to the JKI and 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

The Texas Shibu

Posted by C. Michael Scranton on 15 August 2010

Karate-doThe Seishin-Kan serves as the Texas shibu for the KNBK. In this role, our responsibility and goal is to recruit, train, and assist KNBK member dōjō throughout the state of Texas.

Currently, the efforts of the Seishin-Kan are being directed toward ... (full article 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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