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Okinawa Kobudō Rensei Kai ©

Yogi Josei Hanshi

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         Yogi Josei sensei was born in 1934 in Okinawa. At the age of 16, he began practising the Uechi-ryū Karate style at the dōjō of the master Uechi Kanei (1911-1991) in Futenma, where he practised for several years. The master Kanei was the son and successor of the master Uechi Kanbun (1977-1948). Master Kanbun had lived in Fujian (China) for thirteen years and learnt the kenpō system called Pangainūn, the fighting style on which the Uechi-ryū style is based.

 

Due to his work commitments, Yogi sensei was subsequently forced to stop going to the Dōjō of Futenma, although he continued to practise on his own. When his responsibilities allowed, he returned to a dōjō of Uechi-ryū, but at that time under the guidance of maestro Itokazu Seiki (2015-2006). Master Itokazu was a prominent teacher of Uechi-ryū who in 1990 created his own organisation called Okinawa Kōnan-Ryū Karate Dō Kyōkai. Yogi sensei is currently in possession of the 10th Dan Hanshi degree of Kōnan-Ryū Karate for that organisation.

 

 

In 2016, Yogi sensei created his own Karate organization called Kōnan Ryū Karate Rensei Kai ©.

 

Parallel to his training in Karate, Yogi sensei also started practicing Okinawa Kobudō with the master Maeshiro Shusei (1934-). Yogi sensei was linked to the Zen Okinawa Kobudō Renmei organization, chaired by master Matayoshi Shimpo (1921-1997).

 

In the year 2002, Yogi sensei occupied the position of vice-president in an Okinawa Kobudō organisation created by the master Gakiya Yoshiaki (1950 -). In the year 2012, a year after Gakiya sensei retired for health reasons, Yogi sensei created his own association of Kobudō called Okinawa Kobudō Rensei Kai ©. Yogi sensei currently holds the Hanshi 9th Dan degree in Okinawa Kobudō.

 

Yogi sensei continues at his 84 years old (as of 2019) with the continued practice and teaching of Karate Kōnan Ryū and Okinawa Kobudō.

 

 

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