Today, 10 June, marks the 65th anniversary of the formal founding of the Shorinjiryu Karatedo lineage of Kaiso Kori Hisataka (1907-1988).
On 10 June, 1947, Kaiso Hisataka established the his original Kenkokan Dojo of Shorinjiryu Karatedo on the island of Kyushu, Japan. He later moved his Kenkokan Dojo to Tokyo, Japan.
Of course, this is the date of official inception, but the Shorinjiryu style was obviously in development for a long time before that. In fact, the term Shorinjiryu is the Japanese pronunciation of the Okinawan term Sukunaihayashi, which was used by Master Chotoku Kyan (1870-1945), the principle teacher of Kaiso Hisataka.
With 2012 marking the 65th anniversary of the formal founding of Shorinjiryu style of Kaiso Hisataka, the 35th anniversary of the establishment of Australian Shorinjiryu Karatedo, and the 1st anniversary of the founding of the Koshinkai school of Shorinjiryu Karatedo, it is a good time to reflect on the past as we continue to develop a strong future. This truly reflects our motto of On Ko Chi Shin (“Examine the Past to Discover the New”)