For State Membership, Please Contact National Director Dr.Thiyagu Nagaraj, M.Com(IB), Ph.d.(09994941352) or National Assistant Director Sensei Yokamurugan at : 09597555836    

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Welcome to Shorinji-Ryu Karate - A Unique System of Karate

History of System

Sakugawa Koshiki Shorinji-Ryu roughly translates as "Sakugawa orthodox Shaolin Temple system". The name characterizes the system's emphasis on the classical katas and theories of the tradition founded by "Tode" Sakugawa (c. 1733-1815)1, who is viewed by most karate historians as a founder of the modern karate tradition in Okinawa. It also emphasizes its legendary derivation from the Chinese Shaolin tradition. The addition of the suffix "-do" to Karate further explicates its relationship to the Japanese Budo tradition and to Zen.

According to oral tradition passed on to Dr. Cauley by his teachers in Japan, Jiro Ogasawara (1901 - 1958), a member of the aristocratic Ogasawara family of Aomori prefecture in Northern Honshu, traveled to Okinawa in 1926 and learned karate from Chomo Hanashiro (1869-1945)2. Hanashiro is reputed to have been an exceptional karate practitioner and teacher, and was one of the main people responsible for the introduction of karate into the public school system of Okinawa3. Hanashiro in turn learned karate from both Anko Itosu (1832-1915) and "Bushi" Matsumura (1809-1901). Matsumura was a student of "Tode" Sakugawa. Both Matsumura and Sakugawa were legendary figures of early karate, having studied indigenous Okinawan fighting arts, Chinese martial arts, and Japanese weapons systems4. Both Sakugawa and Matsumura synthesized their knowledge of these various arts and were major figures responsible for the origin of the modern karate tradition. Sakugawa Koshiki Shorinji-Ryu preserves the katas, techniques and theory of the Sakugawa - Matsumura - Hanashiro lineage.

Jiro Ogasawara returned to Aomori prefecture in 1946. He had previously learned a system of empty hand and weapons fighting passed down within his family, and to his knowledge of Okinawan Shorinji-Ryu he added aspects of this family system- most notably nage waza (throwing techniques), kansetsu waza (joint techniques), shime waza (choking theory) and osaekomi waza (holding or immobilization techniques)5. Jiro Ogasawara was succeeded as director of the system he founded by his son Tokushiro (1958-1986). In 1986 Masanao Yamazaki became the current director.

Sakugawa Koshiki Shorinji-Ryu also incorporates training in Yuishinkai Kobudo. Thomas Cauley studied Yuishinkai Kobudo under Yasuhiro Konishi (1893-1983), founder and director of Shindo Jinen Ryu Karate-do. His direct teacher was Shoen Fukuda, Director of Northern Japan Yuishinkai Kobudo. He also studied briefly under the directorship of Motokatsu Inoue and his son Takekatsu Inoue. Both Yasuhiro Konishi and Motokatsu Inoue learned kobudo from Shinken Taira (1897-1970), founder of Yuishinkai Kobudo. Taira had studied kobudo with the Okinawan kobudo master Moden Yabiku (1878-1941).

Sakugawa Koshiki Shorinji-Ryu has therefore retained the classical karate of Okinawa, including both the katas and theory of the empty hand and weapons traditions. In addition it has augmented this tradition with techniques from classical Japanese martial arts, and integrated them into a highly effective martial art.

Shorinji-Ryu Karate in India

All India Shorinji-Ryu Karate Federation-ASKF has been headed and found by director. Dr.Thiyagu Nagaraj in India who practicing Shorinji-Ryu Karate under the supervision of Soke T. Ogasawara and Dr.Thomas Cauley. He got direction from hombu dojo to form Shorinji-Ryu Karate Research institute in the name of Isshin Kai Kan Institute of Karate in Coimbatore district and all students will be trained physically, Mentally in form of Practical and theoretically under Isshin Kai Kan Institute of Karate.

Our Main aim is to promote Shorinji-Ryu karate system and provide free training for Poorest youths and creating self employment opportunity in all over India.

In India All India Shorinji-Ryu Karate Federation and Isshin Kai Kan Institute of Karate has been affiliated and recognised by Indian Non-Olympic Association, Association of Sports Karate India Member of NYKS, Ministry of Youth Sports and Affairs, Government of India, World Council for Regular and Distance Education, International Non-Olympic University.

Isshin Kai Kan Institute of Karate

Dr.Thiyagu Nagaraj was born in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India, started karate at the age of 7. His father(Nagaraj) introduced him to karate when he saw his son was physically weak. At the age of 7 (1991), Thiyagu Nagaraj began his Karate training at Alan Thilak Karate School (Coimbatore Center) under the guidance of Late Master Sivakumar. Thiyagu Nagaraj trained for 3 years and earned Green Belt. He participated District championship and also beat the 2nd best karate fighter in Coimbatore. Due to Master death he would not able to continue his karate carrier. In 1997 at the age of 13, Thiyagu Nagaraj started his Karate career with Master Ravikumar (student of Late Shihan T.Pandiraj-founder of Kenwa Karate School of India) trained for 2 years and received Brown Belt. Unfortunately, he could not able to continue his carrier with Master Ravikumar due to some problem. In 2000 at the age of 16, Thiyagu Nagaraj Joined with Master Shihan T.Pandiraj and earned 1st Dan Black Belt from Ryushin Kan Shito Ryu (Issued by Shihan J.S.Kalaimani). In 22nd Dec, 2001 at the age of 18, he started his first class in Chinnavedampatti, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu. Also he got recognition and received 2nd Dan black belt in Shito-Ryu Karate by Shihan T.Pandiraj.

2002 onwards Dr.Thiyagu Nagaraj become a personal secretary for Shihan T.Pandiraj , got an international membership in Sakugawa Koshiki Shorinji-Ryu Karate - Japan. In 2006, After Shihan T.Pandiraj death. Japan Hombu Dojo has promoted Dr.Thiyagu Nagaraj as successor of Shihan T.Pandiraj and grant affiliation for life time.In 2014, he received Doctorate degree in Commerce and become a famous personality in India. Please find below his current position.

Dr.Thiyagu Nagaraj Position

  • National Director Sakugawa Koshiki Shorinji-Ryu Karate - Japan.
  • National Secretary Association of Sports Karate India.
  • National Secretary Indian Non-Olympic Association.
  • National Secretary Floorball Federation of India.
  • National Secretary Indian Super-Cricket Federation.
  • International Assistant Secretary International Non-Olympic Committee.
  • International Director International Nobel Peace Prize Recommendation Forum.
  • International Secretary General World Sports Karate Federation.
  • International Organizer Martial Arts Association, International (Germany).
  • International Active Member Union Association of International (UN Organization).
  • Registrar International Non-Olympic University.
  • Professor Birchem University (Sweden).
  • President All India Shorinji-Ryu Karate Federation.
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