Chosin Chibana (1886-1969)
The founder of Shorin (Kobayshi) Ryu karate was the first person to be awarded a 10th Dan (Hanshi) by the Dai Nippon Butokukai (The Japanese Martial Virtue Society). Chibana Sensei began his study of karate at age 15 under Anko Itosu and was President of the Okinawa Shorin Ryu Karate-do Association. He brought great honour to Okinawa when on April 29, 1968, the Emperor of Japan awarded him the 4th Order of Merit for his lifelong devotion to karate-do.
Chibana’s most senior student is Katsuya Miyahira. Upon Chibana’s death, Miyahira became the President of the Okinawa Shorin Ryu Karate-do Association and 10th Dan (Hanshi). Hanshi Miyahira was born in Nishihara City, Okinawa on August 16, 1918.
He began training under Chibana in 1933 and also trained with Anbun Tokuda and Choki Motobu. Miyahira’s maxims of Gouri (reason); Gouho (legal or true form); Kiyoson (co-operation) and Kiyoyei (fellowship, friendship) are the foundation stones of Shido Kan karate. In September of 2000, Miyahira O'Sensei was recognized as an "Intangible Cultural Asset" by the Okinawa Prefecture Board of Education for his life-long commitment to teaching Karate-do. Miyahira O’Sensei continues to teach at his Shido Kan Honbu dojo in Naha City, Okinawa. Hanshi Miyahira’s most senior student is Seikichi Iha.
Seikichi Iha was born on July 9, 1932, in Nishihara City, Okinawa. Hanshi Iha began training in 1950 with Shinpan Gusukuma (1890-1954). After Gusukuma’s death, he began training with Miyahira O’Sensei. On March 12, 1989, Miyahira O’Sensei promoted Iha Sensei to 9th Dan (Hanshi). He was promoted to Hanshi 10th Dan by his teacher Miyahira Katsuya on March 25, 2001. Hanshi Iha has been teaching at his Original Okinawa Karate dojo in Lansing, Michigan since 1975. Iha Sensei is the most senior practitioner of Shorin-ryu karate outside Okinawa and has been responsible for spreading Shido Kan to much of the world.
John H. Dailey
Mr. Dailey holds a 4th Dan in Shorin Ryu karate certified by the Okinawa Shorin Ryu Association and the North American Beikuko Shido-kan Association. He is a student of Seikichi Iha, Hanshi; the highest ranked Okinawan master living in the United States.
John is a member of the North American Beikoku Shido-kan Association and he is the head instructor of the Maryland Shido-kan Shorin Ryu dojo.