TOYAMA, Kanken. () Shudokan. Kanken was a Japanese schoolteacher and karate master, who developed the foundation for the Shudokan karate. Kanken Toyama 寛著遠山 was born of noble birth in Shuri, Okinawa on 24 September (Meiji 明治21). His name at birth was Kanken Oyadamari 寛著 親泊. Master Toyama started his karate training at the age of 9 with a master named Itarashiki. He later studied with Yasutsune Itosu for 18 years, and became one of .

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These ancient styles of Shorin-ji Kenpo and Shorei-ji Kenpo are usually described as if they were still in existence, but there is no firm fact or evidence to substantiate this.

Kanken Toyama: Master of Karate Jutsu

There is also a Shorei-ji temple but the location and history of the temple is presently unknown. There is very little difference in the position of kanekn open hand or fist in the above mentioned methods. This difference can also be considered natural, based on the methods of training and of the steady progress one makes during training. The next styles that we will discuss will be the Goju-ryu and Shito-ryubut they are almost the same. In manken strictest classification of these styles, Goju-ryu is included in Shito-ryu.

Kanken Tōyama

It can also be said that the name Shito-ryu was devised by using the combination of the initials of Anko Itosu and Kanryo Higaonna who were Shuri-te and Naha-te experts, respectively, and are considered as the ones who brought Karate out of its veil of secrecy and into the modern light. Goju-ryu came toyam the combination of Go-jutsu using the [hard] techniques of thrusting, piercing, chopping and kicking and Ju-jutsu using the [soft] techniques of knocking down, pushing, twisting and arresting.


About ten years ago, I spoke with Mr.

Kenwa Mabuni [founder of Shito-ryu] who identified his Karate-style as Shito-ryu. I then asked him about his ideology concerning the meaning of Shito-ryu.

His answer was very simple and he stated two reasons. Mabuni further identified his style as a mixture of Shuri-te and Naha-te and is almost the same as mine. In other words, it is the real, orthodox Karate of Okinawa. In conclusion, let me explain about Goju-ryu.

Styles of Karate (pt.2) – by Kanken Toyama

My toyamq friend, Mr. Chojun Miyagi [founder of Goju-ryu] is the same age as I am. He is a real man of character and his martial art is excellent.

He was cut out to be a Karate-man. He was an outstanding trainee of Mr.

Kanryo Higaonna and mastered the Naha-te style of Karate. I asked him about his ideology concerning the meaning of Goju-ryu when I spoke with him at the Naha Commercial School in October of He explained to me that he wanted to express the whole nature of Karate in as simple terms as possible for those people who had no true knowledge or understanding of karate.


Miyagi stated that all techniques of karate consisted of two methods such as Go-jutsu and Ju-jutsu explained in the preceding paragraphs. Boxing is a kind of Go-jutsu and Judo is a kind of Ju-jutsu. Some people think that Karate consists of only Go-jutsu techniques but this way of thinking is incorrect. The name Goju-ryu of Mr. Chojun Miyagi tells its own story.

Recently, some Karate-men have used funny and strange sounding names for their own styles of Karate. A Karate-man of this kind does not have a real understanding or knowledge of the orthodox Karate, or he has no confidence in his ability as a Karate-man.

He uses these funny sounding names for his own style of Karate as an evasive answer when he has a hard time kankem a very difficult technique or even an incomplete one. In other words, I have been teaching all the techniques of the orthodox Karate of Okinawa. Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.