Shito-ryu, was founded by Kenwa Mabuni.(1887-1952) in 1928. It was influenced directly by both Naha-te and Shuri-te (Shorin-ryu and Shorei-ryu). The name Shito is constructively derived from the combination of the Japanese characters of Mabuni's teachers' names - Yasutsune "Anko" Itosu and Kanryo Higashionna. Shito-ryu is fast, but is still powerful and artistic. Shito-ryu schools use a large number of kata, about fifty, and is characterized by an emphasis on power in the execution of techniques. Its kata include the same kata as Shotokan-ryu and Goju-ryu, as well as some artistic Chinese white crane kata such as Nipaipo. Shito-ryu also practices with Kobudo (weapon arts) and sometimes Iaido (sword arts) as part of the style, which makes Shito-ryu fairly unique among the modern Karate styles.
A recent descendant of Shito-ryu is the Shukokai branch founded by Chōjirō Tani in 1949 who was a student of Miyagi Chojun and Mabuni Kenwa. Shukokai enhances the traditional styles of karate by blending it with the logical principles behind modern sporting dynamics.
Updated: Friday, 10 September 2010