Le CKT La Vanaude propose la pratique du Shito-Ryu référée à 2 écoles traditionnelles :

- le Seïto Shito-Ryu développé par Kenzo Mabuni, fils du fondateur de l'école

- le Motobu-Ha Seishinkaï Shito-Ryu, développé par Shogo Kuniba, expert d'arts martiaux hors normes qui était parvenu à maitriser plusieurs arts et écoles différents : Karaté, Goshin-jutsu, Kobudo, Iaï-Do, Ken-jutsu...

Motobu-Ha Seishinkaï Karate-Do

Shogo Kuniba, Maitre de la Seishinkaï Karate-do Union

Shogo Kuniba was the head of the Motobu Ha/Kuniba Ha Shito Ryu, Seishin Kai Karate Union, headquartered in Osaka, Japan. Since the IKKU grew from Seishin Kai and later from the NKJU, it is important that we know something about him. Shogo Kuniba was born at Fugi-Yoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture, on February 5, 1935. His father was Kosei Kokuba (Japanese/Kuniba), who had studied karate with Choki Motobu and others. In 1940, the older Kuniba opened a karate dojo in Osaka. It taught the Motobu Ha Karate Do and was called later, the Seishin Kan dojo. Shogo Kuniba began his karate study at his father’s dojo that same year at the age of five.

Kenwa Mabuni and Ryusei Tomoyori who taught there in return for room and board joined the dojo. Mabuni sensei is the founder of Shito Ryu karate. By 1947, after the hardships of the World War, Shogo Kuniba achieved his black belt. He was awarded his shodan by Master Mabuni. After three more years of study, he earned his nidan from Master Mabuni and Tomoyori at the age of fifteen.

In 1952, he was promoted to sandan by Master Mabuni and began to diversify his studies. He went to Sakai City where he studied Mugai Ryu Iaido with Soke Ishii Gogetsu. In 1955, at age 20, after fifteen years of study, he earned his yandan from Master Mabuni. In that same year, he went to Naha City, Okinawa, where he began training at the Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu dojo of Master Shojin Nagamine. While in Okinawa, Soke Kuniba undertook serious study of kobudo. With Master Shojin Kosha, he studied the use of the bo and nunchaku. With Master Junko Yamaguchi he studied the tonfa.

By 1958, Shogo Kuniba had achieved 5th Dan in Motobu Ha Karate Do, 4th Dan in Iaido, 6th Dan in Kobudo and been awarded the position of first office manager for the Zippou Karate Do Rengokai. He was 23.

But not all went well for Master Kuniba. On October 17,1959, his father, Kosei Kokuba, died. Shogo then became Soke for Motobu Ha Karate Do by secession. In 1962, Soke Kuniba was promoted to 6th Dan in the Nippon Karate Do Rengokai, 6th Dan in Iaido and 7th Dan in Kobudo. In 1966 he became 7th Dan in Karate. In 1968, he relieved Shihan Teruo Hayashi as the head of Seishin Kai.

By 1973, at the age of 38, Soke Shogo Kuniba had achieved 8th Dan in karate, Iaido and Kobudo. He was the youngest Master to have won such prestige. His career has also included many other achievements, including his 1978 appearance in a classic demonstration on Japanese martial arts.

In 1983, Soke Kuniba moved his base of operations to Portsmouth, Virginia where he opened the USA Honbu Dojo. There he concentrated his efforts on spreading his style of martial arts throughout the world. In 1984, the Rengo Kai promoted Shogo Kuniba to the rank of Kudan in karate. At that time, he held the highest rank of any Japanese martial artist living outside Japan.

On July 14, 1992, Soke Shogo Kuniba died of stomach cancer, but before his death, he had renamed the Motobu Ha system to Kuniba Ha Shito Ryu. After his death, he was awarded Judan (10th dan) by the Japan Karate Federation. This was a final tribute to one of the most highly esteemed masters of the martial arts in the world.

L'enseignant du CKT La Vanaude a connu le Maitre Kuniba au début des années 1990 puis a travaillé ensuite avec son successeur Kunio Tatsuno. Il est correspondant et reconnu dans ses grades par l'International Karate Kobudo Union (Osaka, Japon).

Mabuni-Ha Seito Shito-Ryu Karate-Do

Soke Kenzo Kuniba, 10ème Dan

SOKE KENZO MABUNI is the son of the founder of SHITO-RYU KARATE-DO, the late KENWA MABUNI.

KENZO MABUNI was born on May 30, 1927 at Akahira-Machi, Shuri City, in Okinawa. His family moved to Osaka City in 1929, when he was 2 years old, and he remained in his father's house until now. He obtained permission from his father to join his school when he was 13 years old and therefore has studied SHITO-RYU KARATE-DO for over 60 years. He first obtained his SHODAN (1st Dan) on August 1, 1943 and presently holds the rank of JYUDAN (10th Dan) and is a well respected master not only in Japan but also throughout the world.

His organization, NIPPON KARATE DO KAI (formerly known as DAI NIPPON KARATE DO KAI), was founded by his father in 1939. After his father's death in 1952, his mother, Mrs. KAME MABUNI, came to Kenzo Mabuni and requested that he take over the style. Kenzo Mabuni could not decide at that time and went into seclusion for two years to contemplate this great responsibility. Of course, as we all know, he decided to accept this responsibility and is the inheritor of his father's lineage, making him the 2nd Governor of SHITO-RYU and successor to this organization. His father left him the SHITO-RYU name, his complete syllabus, and the DOJO with the Association name NIPPON KARATE DO KAI. All these remain intact to this day. He followed his father's syllabus exactly the way it was written down in 1929 and that's why he called it SEITO SHITO-RYU, or PURE, TRUE SHITO-RYU.

From that time, Kenzo Mabuni dedicated his life to preserving the true lineage of his father's karate. He was not concerned with politics or image and remained unknown to the outside world while his older brother and others were spreading their influence in the name of Shito Ryu Karate. In 1993, upon the request of his good friend Osamu Ozawa (Shotokan master), Kenzo Mabuni travelled to Las Vegas and exposed the world to Seito (pure) Shito Ryu, the true karate of his father, Kenwa Mabuni. In April of 1994, Kenzo Mabuni conducted seminars in Albany, New York and Phoenix, Arizona. Subsequent to these seminars, Kenzo Mabuni established the Shito Ryu Karate Do Kai of America (now called Shito-Ryu USA Karate Do Kai), comprised of Dojos that had requested of him consideration as his direct students and received formal acceptance by his senior instructors, the Nippon Karate Do Kai Shihan Kai.

Kenzo Mabuni's organization, Shito-Ryu International Karate Do Kai, now has branches in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Oceania regions. He serves as the President (KAICHO) and Governor / Grandmaster (SOKE).

Kenzo Mabuni emphasizes the training of Karate based on his father's PRINCIPLE, "Kata (form) is KARATE". KATA is the essence of Karate and in training, one should follow his policy: 75% Kata training and 25% Kumite (free or organized sparring) training, besides doing the regular KIHON (Basics) and exercises. He trained under the watchful eye of his father and would practice hundreds of times for a period of 3 months or more just to understand and perfect ONE single KATA.

He advises that one should take note of the following points when practicing KATA:

  1. KATA should start and end with REI (bow)
  2. Correct Basic Techniques
  3. Breathing
  4. Dachi (Stances)
  5. Posture
  6. HAPPO TENSHIN (8 Directions)
  7. CHAKUGAN (Focusing)
  8. BUNKAI (Meaning and Application)
  9. ZANSHIN (Awareness)
  10. Repetition - to perfect the KATA

His vision is that he will continue his father's work in promoting this TRADITIONAL MARTIAL ART and teach only the TRUE and ORIGINAL form of SHITO-RYU KARATE-DO.


Grandmaster Kenzo Mabuni 10th Dan, the Soke of Shito-Ryu, passed away at 2:45pm on 26 June 2005.


L'enseignant du CKT La Vanaude est officiellement le plus ancien instructeur du Seito-Shito-Ryu en France, seul reconnu par la Fédération Mondiale International Karatedo Kaï depuis 2000.