It is purported that later in his life while employed as manager of the Hatoyama Kindergarten he became enamored with the philosopher Mitsuru Toyama. In honor of the philosopher he adopted Toyama as his family name. Toyama trained and worked as a teacher however his chosen avocation was instructor of Karate-Do. Funakoshi Sensei was the other to receive this title from Itosu. In Toyama Sensei moved his family to Taiwan where he taught Chinese classics in the elementary school where he taught.

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The first is directly from Mikio Tanaka, his highest-ranking successor, which is short and concise, while the second and more detailed version was compiled by Takeo Hayashi - 5th Dan, a student of Mr. Tanaka for over 35 years. He then moved to Tokyo in to established his Karate Dojo, Shudokan. He died in November , at the age of His given name was Kanken Oyadomari and he was born into a noble family. Toyama Kanken began his formal training in karate-do under Master Itarashiki in Later, he apprenticed himself to Anko Itosu, who then became his primary teacher and inspirational guide.

Toyama was one of only two students to be granted the title of Shihanshi protege ; Funakoshi Ginchin was the other to receive this title from Itosu. These later three styles hail primarily from Taiwan and Fukuden, China. Early in Toyama moved again from Taiwan to mainland Japan and on 20 March he opened his first dojo in Tokyo.

Toyama sensei did not claim to originate a new style, system or school of thought, nor did he combine the different styles he had learned. The federation became an authority for rank homologation and advancement issuing rank certification, and also created a forum for competition. This competition group later pioneered full-contact sparring which used modified ken-do protective equipment bogu.

Chitose served in several senior positions in the federation including president and vice-president. He was the author of books Karate-do Taihokan and Karate-do. In Toyama was awarded a special title of honor by the Governor of Okinawa, Mr.

Shikioku Koshin. Aside from learning Shorin-Ryu from Itosu, Toyama studied and mastered other styles of karate from other notable masters of Naha-te and Tomari-te which also included Okinawan Kobu-do. Although Toyama Kanken produced many capable instructors trained in his Shudokan style, he really did not view the Shu Do Kan as a style of karate-do, merely a place for training.

Consequently, he did not appoint a successor or Shudokan style head to succeed him and as a result the Toyama system fragmented after his death in Master Onishi, a senior student, founded Koei Kan Ryu in Tanaka worked for Nikon Corporation, the famous Japanese camera and optical lens corporation, after finishing his education at Minato Technical School in March He retired from Nikon in , at the age of Less than two years after his initiation into the Shudo-Kan Dojo, he earned Shodan 1st degree black belt on March 10, from Kanken Toyama.

He continued his training there, and on April 1, , Toyama honored him with a Shihan diploma teaching license of Karate with 5th degree black belt. Tanaka, then Rokudan Shihan 6th degree black belt instructor continued to train many students for Hatoyama as the principal teacher at the Shudo-Kan Dojo. Tanaka then decided to establish his own school of Karate, Toyama-kai, named after his teacher and located his Dojo in Shinagawa Ward of Tokyo on April 13, He has taught since then well over students, both young and old, from all walks of life in Japan as well as from abroad.

He believes in the idea that peace, not force, should prevail in the world, and his motto after dedicating over 52 years of his life to the art of Budo and karate, is that the most important secret lies hidden in the continuation of the training itself, so simply, continue training and learning.


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How many styles does Karate have? I have been asked this question numerous times but usually by those that really do not understand the essential elements of a martial art. If one seriously thinks about these essential elements that make up a martial art, one then can easily understand the reasoning that Karate does not have any one style. Karate molds an individual to be the only object of defense or offense and, through this, it teaches the basic concept of self-protection. In other words, Sumo wrestlers, boxers and airplane pilots do not have any one special style and neither does Karate.


Styles of Karate (pt.1) – by Kanken Toyama



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