Leadership and Brief History

Gushiken Shintoku Sensei is the current President of the International Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate Do Seibukai Association. After the passing of its founder, Nakasone Kinei, Gushiken Shintoku was appointed the president of the association. He follows in the traditions and teachings of both Nakasone Kinei and Shinjo Masanobu. He has said, “I am looking for the Seibukai to continue to grow and prosper and to teach true traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate-do.”

The Seibukai Association is based in Okinawa, Japan with its International Headquarters in Syracuse, New York. It was founded in Okinawa City, in the middle of Okinawa Prefecture, in February 1996 by Nakasone Kinei Sensei (10th Dan). The association is dedicated to the preservation and study of traditional Okinawan Martial Arts. Nakasone Sensei said, “My purpose for teaching karate is to maintain Okinawan Goju Ryu karate and ensure its continuous development. This is my duty and responsibility.”

The Okinawan people have long accepted the responsibility for ensuring the karate’s survival in the modern world. While many people would debate that karate’s practicality has diminished with the development of sophisticated weaponry, any Okinawan would tell you that such a perspective misses the real lessons of karate.

Nakasone Sensei believed that “Karate is mental and spiritual training that teaches courtesy, cooperation, and patience.” These are necessary for an individual to function as a productive member of society. He was born in 1936 in Goya, Okinawa City, Okinawa and died December 21, 2002. Nakasone Sensei’s formal studies began at the age of 20 under Toguchi Seikichi Sensei. Toguchi was a senior student of Master Miyagi Chojun, the founder of Goju Ryu Karate Do.