Our Heritage

  • Biographical

– Hanshi Doug Perry
Doug Perry began his fighting career in 1946 as an amateur boxer in Charlotte, N.C. at age of nine. During his boxing career he participated in 147 bouts in the Golden Glove, AAU, and the Marine Corps. He won state, regional and national titles and officially retired from the ring in 1959 following the trials for the 1960 Olympics. At the age of 14, he had the distinction of fighting a four-round exhibition match against bantamweight champion of the world, Willie Pep. Read More

– Hanshi Shugoro Nakazato
Shūgorō Nakazato (仲里 周五郎 Nakazato Shūgorō, August 14, 1920 – August 24, 2016)  was born in Naha city, Okinawa on August 14, 1919. At the age of 16, while attending normal school in Osaka, Japan in 1935, he began his lifelong karate study under the direction of Ishu Seiichi.  Nakazato studied under Sensei Ishu for six years. During World War II he was in the Japanese cavalry.  Following the surrender of Japan, Nakazato returned to his home in Okinawa to find his family a casualty of the war. Read More

– Hanshi Chibana Chibana
Chōshin Chibana (知花 朝信 Chibana Chōshin, 5 June 1885 – 26 February 1969) was an Okinawan martial artist who developed Shorin-ryū karate based on what he had learned from Ankō Itosu. He was the last of the pre-World War karate masters, also called the “Last Warrior of Shuri” He was the first to establish a Japanese ryu name for an Okinawan karate style, calling Itosu’s karate “Shorin-Ryu” (or “the small forest style”) in 1928. Chibana Chōshin was born as the second son of Chibana Chohaku and wife Nabi on 5 June 1885. The family held a distinguished history and resided in Okinawa’s Shuri Tori-Hori village (presently Naha City, Shuri Tori-Hori Town). Read More

– Ankō Itosu
Ankō Itosu (糸洲 安恒? Okinawan: Ichiji Ankō, Japanese: Itosu Ankō, 1831 – 11 March 1915) is considered by many the father of modern karate, although this title is also often given to Gichin Funakoshi because the latter spread karate throughout Japan.
Itosu was born in 1831 and died in 1915. A low-rank Ryūkyūan Pechin, Itosu was small in stature, shy, and introverted as a child. He was raised in a strict home of the keimochi (a family of position), and was educated in the Chinese classics and calligraphy. Itosu began his tode (karate) study under Nagahama Chikudun Pechin.
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  • Other Influential Teachers

–Shimabuku Tatsuo

–Shiroma Jiro

–Lou Kemp (boxing manager)