History of Genbukai


History of Genbukai

Shito-Ryu is one of the four traditional styles of Japanese Karate.  The others are Shotokan, Goju-Ryu, and Wado-Ryu.  From the developers of Shito-Ryu, Master Ankoh Itosu and Master Kanryo Higaonna, comes it’s name.  “Shi” and “To”, when written in kanji, represent the first two letters of their names.

Shihon Kenwa Mabuni (1889-1957) combined them to create the name Shito-Ryu, and formed our style.  Master Mabuni was the instructor of Ruysho Sakagami, who was Sensei to Shihan Fumio Demura.

Shihon Fumio Demura created “Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Genbukai International”

“Gen”  —  Professional

“bu”  —  Martial art

“kai”  —  Organization

Shihon Demura has authored many books on Karate and Kobudo.  He has been featured in many martial arts publications, as well as several appearances in feature films, and countless television programs.

Shihon Demura’s Ten Principles Of A Successful Life

Know yourself

Don’t become an enemy to anyone

Always follow through commitments

Hold strong convictions that cannot be altered by difficult times

Be certain to make a good first impression

Respect the opinion of others

Never forget to be appreciative

Always make your strongest effort

Have a plan for your life

Never forget your beginning spirit (where you came from) 

Sensei Cameron Steuart studied under Shihon Demura and was appointed Chief Instructor Of The Canadian Headquarters For Shito-Ryu Genbukai International.  Steuart Sensei has achieved black belts in Shito-Ryu Karate-Do, Shotokan Karate-Do, and Iado (Japanese swordmanship).  Headquarters for Genbukai Canada are located in Lloydminster Alberta, est. 1984. 

Sensei Gord Besler began studying Karate in 1983 at Sherwood Karate-Do in Sherwood park, alberta.  Besler Sensei has competed locally, nationally, and internationally.  Sensei continues to train at the Canadian headquarters, as well as at the Genbukai Honbu in Santa Ana, California.  Sensei formed calgary karate-do in 1997.