Shito Ryu is one of the 4 major Karate styles practiced today. It was foundeded by Kenwa Mabuni (1889-1952) in 1931 from the older styles of Shuri Te and and Naha Te. Mabuni was trained by lengendary Karate Masters Anko Itosu and Kanryo Higaonna. In 1929 he started teaching Karate in Osaka Japan. At first, he called his style Hanko Ryu but later changed it to Shito Ryu in Honor of Itosu and Higaonna. Mabuni was known for his extensive knowledge of Kata (forms) and today Shito Ryu is known for maintaining many more kata than any other style of Karate.

Shito Ryu

Today there are dozens of branches of Shito Ryu. This school practices Sansei Shito Ryu from the Traditional Karate Association under Kaicho Rick Adams. Kaicho Adams was innovative in his use of video long before it was common technology. He has captured techniques and kata performed by many Karate legends such as Hayashi and Shogo Kuniba. That footage serves as a reference to ensure that what we practice remains true to the original teachings of the art.