Hanshi Masayuki Kukan Hisataka
So-Shihan Masayuki Kukan Hisataka, kenmei, ninth Dan, was born on 13th November, 1940, a descendent of Seiwa, the fifty-sixth emperor of Japan the first son of Kaiso Kori Hisataka, kensei, tenth Dan, the founder of Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karatedo. He commenced training in karatedo and judo at the age of three, and had attained black belt rankings in both arts by the time he was thirteen. At the age of seventeen, he entered an open karate championship and won it by successively defeating eight of Japan's top competitors.
In 1961, he met a group of kenpo practitioners who were challenging and defeating exponents of all other styles of karatedo. He won all of his fights by knockouts, crediting his victory to the method of contact training using protective equipment emphasized in Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karatedo.
Hanshi Hisataka has never lost a fight in karatedo competition, winning the All Japan Open Karatedo Championships in 1961 and 1962, and the Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karatedo Championships each year from 1958 to 1962. He graduated from Nihon University holding a fifth Dan in karatedo and a fourth Dan in judo. In 1963, he traveled to the United States in order to teach karatedo and judo. He was asked to represent Japanese Budo at the New York World's Fair of 1964-65, together with Mr. Hisanobu Yamazaki, fourth Dan, and Mr. Naoyuki Okabe, fourth Dan. Following this, he taught karatedo and judo in many universities, including Columbia University and the New York State University, as well as at dojos in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and various other States.
In 1967, he was again asked by the Japanese Government to demonstrate karatedo and judo at World Expo '67 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, along with Mr. Shunji Watanabe, then a fifth Dan. Following the completion of the Expo '67, he remained in Montreal, teaching at McGill-University, Loyola College of Montreal, CEGEP St.Jerome, and the National Theater School of Canada, as well as at the Seidokan Academy of karatedo and Karate Judo Nippon Schools in various Canadian provinces.
In 1974, he returned to Japan to assume the position of Chief Instructor of Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karatedo, following his father's retirement from full time teaching. In the following years he experimented with various forms of protective equipment for use in karatedo training and competition, eventually developing an advanced form called "anzen". This equipment, also known as SUPERSAFE ? , allows controlled contact, thus adding greater realism and increasing the effectiveness of the practitioner's technique.
In 1976, his first book in English was published. "Scientific Karatedo" is still regarded by many, as one of the leading karatedo texts, and is used as a reference today by thousands of karateka worldwide.
Hanshi Hisataka was also invited to tour throughout Europe, lecturing and demonstrating his teachings as part of the first All Japan Budo delegation. A group which was headed by Shigeyoshi Matsumaie, Chancellor of Tokai University and President of the World Judo Federation.
In 1978, Hanshi Hisataka introduced karatedo to Russia for the first time and subsequently organized and presided over the Premiere USSR Karatedo Championships. He also introduced karatedo to China for the first time since World War II.
In 1979, Hanshi Hisataka officially launched the SUPERSAFE ? equipment; and in the following year organized and hosted the first World Koshiki Karatedo Championships, a competitive system based on the use of SUPERSAFE ? equipment. World Koshiki Karatedo Championships have been conducted in Tokyo (1980, 1981, and 1982), Maracaibo, Venezuela (1983), Brishane, Australia (1985), California, U.S.A. (1987), Montreal, Canada (1989) and Amsterdam, the Netherlands (1992), etc.. Hundreds of competitors take part in these and other regional and national Koshiki Karatedo events held regularly, thus attesting the suitability and popularity of this equipment.
Hanshi Hisataka now holds the rank of ninth Dan, Hanshi in karatedo, and is regarded as one of the world's foremost exponents of the art, as well as the related disciplines of bo jutsu and sai jutsu. After his father passed away in 1988, he assumed the position of Head Professor of Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karatedo, and now presides over an organization with dojo in various parts of the world, including Japan, the U.S.A., Canada, Australia, Russia, Venezuela, Europe. Africa, and many other countries. He travels regularly to give seminars in these countries.
In 1994, his second book in English was published. "Essential Shorinjiryu Karatedo" includes new material not previously published, and includes more historical and philosophical information along with pictures demonstating techniques using the SUPERSAFE ® equipment.
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