Minowa Katsuhiko Sensei

Minowa Katsuhiko, Ryukyu Kobudo Shinkokai

Minowa Katsuhiko (1929 – 2003)

Born 1929 (Showa 4) on the island of Amami Oshima in Kagoshima Prefecture. As a teenager he worked for a railway company in Manchuria (present-day Northeast China). After the defeat of Japan, he returned to Amami which was now under US military occupation. As jobs were scarce he moved to Okinawa in 1952 at the age of 23 where he found work in auto motives.

Until then he had no experience in martial arts. Along with some co-workers, he visited the dojo of Uechi Kanei and became fascinated with Uechi-ryu Karate-do and began training.

While teaching at his dojo in Matsukawa (Shubukan) he became interested in Ryukyu Kobudo and entered the dojo of Taira Shinken where he strived to learn Kobudo.

Ryukyu Kobudo Shinkokai, Kobudo, Minowa Katsuhiko, Taira Shinken

Taira Shinken & Minowa Katsuhiko

He became one of Taira’s six direct students that received teaching licenses (in order: Akamine Eisuke, Nakasone Koshin, Nakamoto Masahiro, Kinjo Kazufumi, Minowa Katsuhiko, Nagaishi Fumio).

1967 (Showa 42) – Received teaching license from Uechi Kanei

1969 (Showa 44) – Received teaching license from Taira Shinken

1977 (Showa 52) – Returned to Amami Oshima and opened the Shubukan (Uechi-ryu Karate-do & Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinkokai Kyushu branch)

1995 (Heisei 7) – Became independent from the Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinkokai and founded the Ryukyu Kobudo Shinkokai and Okinawa Uechi-ryu Karate-do Shinshukai

1995 (Heisei 7) Received 9th dan (hanshi) certificate from Kishaba Chogi

1996 (Heisei 8) Received 9th dan (hanshi) certificate from Toyama Seiko

2003 (Heisei 15) January, passed away at his home in Naze, Kagoshima Prefecture (age 74)

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