Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai Salutes:
Katsuhiko Shinzato
born February 10, 1939

Katsuhiko Shinzato was born in Manila, the Philippines. His father was a fisherman and peddler of fishcake. When the war in the Pacific began, Shinzato and his mother and brother moved to Ueyonabaru, Yonabaru-cho, Okinawa (his father joined them after the war). He continues to live in Yonabaru and teaches the Kishaba Juku form of Shorin-Ryu and Yamani-Ryu Bojutsu in a second story dojo in his home.

Shinzato started to practice Karate in 1957, when he attended the University of the Ryukyus where he majored in English and English Literature. A Karate class there was taght by Tsunetaka Shimabukuro. After graduation, he attended Indiana University where he majored in Applied Linguistics.

Upon his return to Okinawa in 1967, Shinzato began Karate practice at the dojo of Shoshin Nagamine (founder of Matsubayashi-Ryu, student of Ankichi Arakaki, Chotoku Kyan and Choki Motobu). Shinzato was the English translator of The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do by Shoshin Nagamine. Shinzato also studied Shorin-Ryu under Seigi Nakamura and Chokei Kishaba, as well as Yamani-Ryu Bojutsu under Chogi Kishaba (student of Masami Chinen and Chojun Miyagi, founder of the Goju-Ryu form of Karate). Chokei Kishaba's instructors included Sensei Hohan Soken (Matsumura Seito Shorin-Ryu, student of Nabe Matsumura), as well as Shoshin Nagamine and Seigi Nakamura. Shinzato is now the head of the Okinawa Karate-Do Shorin Ryu Kishaba Juku, and a professor at Okinawa International University.

Shinzato teaches a unique form of body dynamics which is impossible to adequately describe in words. The cornerstone of training is the development and coordination of the koshi, the central part of the body encompassing the hips and surrounding areas. The lower and upper body are linked through the koshi. Thus, power generated by the lower body can the amplified and efficiently transferred to the hands or arms for blocking or striking techniques. Movements are deceptively relaxed, but powerful and delivered in a whiplike manner (shinaru). This is also described as a "body wave."

Shinzato visited Hawaii in 1985 (this was on the way back to Okinawa after a trip to the mainland with Chokei Kishaba). He is a member of the Okinawan Karatedo and Kobudo Encyclopedia Committee and visited Hawaii again in 2003, to conduct research about Kentsu Yabu, Choki Motobu, Mizuho Mutsu, Kamesuke Higashionna, and Chojun Miyagi, as well as other Karate instructors and students. While in Hawaii, he visited the Hawaii Karate Museum and taught a classes at the Hikari Dojo, the Hawaii branch of his dojo. In January 2005, he returned to Hawaii for further research and to teach at the Hikari Dojo.

The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Sensei (and Professor) Katsuhiko Shinzato.


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