When I was a child there was an extinguished karate master who was known as The Ancle of Kanagusuku. His life was known to be almost priestly in its manner. It seemed to me that he had found an importance in karate to life that was not cpmparable to any other thing.
Because I was his neighbor,1t was only natural that I could directly observe his daily life along with his life devoted to karate. Looking back upon my life I can now see that his great affecthion toward me created my ambition for taking up and studying karate.
As it relates to my Karate training. I have learned the Shorin style [lineage traced to Chotoku Kyan, also known as Changuwa] from the following persons: Master Yoshimasa Mastsuda, Master Nakazato of Shorinkan Doio, Master Akamine of the Funakoshi style at Ryukyu Kobudo and Karate. and Master Yagi of Gojyuryu.
I am very grateful to them for their instructhion in both karate techniques and mental attitude which have greatly affected me.
Other than karate, I also have interest in bodybuilding, judo, and Iaido [traditional Japanese swordsmanship of the samurai], which all add more to my better understanding of karate. Until around 1960, the time of this writing, there were not so many doio in Okinawa. so my training was conducted at the beach,.and since then I have continued to constantly train up to the present at my Seiryukan doio.
I have two mottos in life. One is, “Training is like mountain climbing” Moving up in skill and Understanding is difficult,. just as climbing a great mountain is. The other motto I go by is, “ I do POR What I say.” I will put great effort into achieving what I say I will achieve.
“These mottos of mine will not change for me, and I will continue practicing them until I rightly succeed at mastering these valuable, traditional Okinawan arts. | (Date 1993)
It is a popular story and common belief that Okinawan farming tools evolved into weapons due to restrictions placed upon the peasants by the Satsuma samurai clan when the island was made a part of Japan, which forbade them from carrying arms. As a result, it is said, they were defenseless and developed a fighting system around their traditional farming implements. However, modern martial arts scholars have been unable to find historical backing for this story, and the evidence uncovered by various martial historians points to the Pechin Warrior caste in Okinawa as being those who practiced and studied various martial arts, rather than the Heimin, or commoner. It is true that Okinawans, under the rule of foreign powers, were prohibited from carrying weapons or practicing with them in public. But the weapons-based fighting that they secretly practiced (and the types of weapons they practiced with) had strong Chinese roots, and examples of similar weapons have been found in China, Malaysia and Indonesia pre-dating the Okinawan adaptations.
Okinawan kobudō systems were shaped by indigenous Okinawan techniques that arose within the Aji, or noble class, and by imported methods from China and Southeast Asia. The majority of Okinawan kobudō traditions that survived the difficult times during and following World War II were preserved and handed down by Taira Shinken (Ryūkyū Kobudō Hozon Shinkokai), Chogi Kishaba (Ryūkyū Bujustsu Kenkyu Doyukai), and Kenwa Mabuni (Shito-ryū). Practical systems were developed by Toshihiro Oshiro and Motokatsu Inoue in conjunction with these masters. Other noted masters who have Okinawan kobudō kata named after them include Chōtoku Kyan, Shigeru Nakamura, Kanga Sakukawa, and Shinko Matayoshi.
Okinawan kobudō arts are thought by some to be the forerunner of the bare hand martial art of karate, and several styles of that art include some degree of Okinawan kobudō training as part of their curriculum. Similarly, it is not uncommon to see an occasional kick or other empty-hand technique in an Okinawan kobudō kata. The techniques of the two arts are closely related in some styles, evidenced by the empty-hand and weapon variants of certain kata: for example, Kankū-dai and Kankū-sai, and Gojūshiho and Gojūshiho-no-sai, although these are examples of Okinawan kobudō kata which have been developed from karate kata and are not traditional Okinawan kobudō forms. Other more authentic Okinawan kobudō kata demonstrate elements of empty hand techniques as is shown in older forms such as Soeishi No Dai, a bo form which is one of the few authentic Okinawan kobudō kata to make use of a kick as the penultimate technique. Some Okinawan kobudō kata have undergone less "modern development" than karate and still retain much more of the original elements, reflections of which can be seen in even more modern karate kata. The connection between empty hand and weapon methods can be directly related in systems such as that formulated in order to preserve both arts such as Inoue/Taira's Ryūkyū Kobujutsu Hozon Shinko Kai and Motokatsu Inoue's Yuishinkai Karate Jutsu. M. Inoue draws direct comparisons between the use of certain weapons and various elements of empty hand technique such as sai mirroring haito/shuto waza, tonfa reflecting that of uraken and hijiate, and kama of kurite and kakete, as examples. The footwork in both methods is interchangeable.
The Indian branch of OKINAWA RYUKYU KOBUDO SEIRYUKAN is launched with head quarters at Waynad, Kerala. It was long wait to bring this great art with actual lineage, of course the wait is now over, Kyoshi Girish Peruimthatta is been given overall in charge as the President of the said organization. Kyoshi Girish proved himself to promote the style KENYU RYU in Middle and South Asian countries with his organizational skills.
The launching of OKINAWA RYUKYU KOBUDO SEIRYUKAN- India is obviously a plus point for many of the leading style and also for those who wish to learn and grow with a Japanese Kobudo association. The teachers from all the styles especially the major styles like Shotokan, shitoryu, Wadoryu and Gojuryu styles are showing interest to grow with this popular organization.
Very few organizations are there in India which promotes KOBUDO with actual Lineage, the teachers in different styles evaluate this organization as the new system with the motto of “Togetherness”
Soon the Indian branch of OKINAWA RYUKYU KOBUDO SEIRYUKAN is going to organize a international KOBUDO event in Kerala, it is going to those who wish to go ahead and grow with a real Japanese lineage organization.
Kyoshi Gireesh Perumthatta, the man behind the present position of JKKI is a 7th Dan Black Belt (Japan, KAI, WKF ) He has been the earlier Karate coach in Kerala Police Academy. He is now the President & Chief Instructor of Kenyu Ryu Karate Do South & Middle East Asia Federation and the National Accreditation Coach - Karate Association of India. He is a Judge for Kata and Kumite.
He joined Karate earlier in 1982, Trained under Shihan P J Thomas. Got his 1st Dan Black Belt in the year 1989, from Guruji Rajashekharan.( He continued his training under Dai Sensei Dr Moses Thilak(8th Dan Black Belt), the founder of Shito Ryu Karate Do in India.) After that he got direct training from the GrandMaster Soke Ryuchiro Tomoyori (Red Belt).
He has represented our Country in the World Karate Kobudo Championship, in the year 2009 held at Okinawa, Japan. Represented the Indian Team in The Srilankan Kenyu Ryu International Championship in 2010 as the Indian Coach and the same year he got appointed as the Indian Chief for Kenyu Ryu, by Grand Master Soke Ryuichiro Tomoyori.
Till the grandmaster Soke Ryuichiro Tomoyori passed away in 2014 he has been getting trained under him. They were more like a father-son, than an instructor-student. since then he is getting trained under grandmaster's daughter soke aiko tomoyori. In November 2015, he got hs 7th Dan Black Belt from Japan.
He is trained not only in Karate, but other arts like Kalari Payattu, Judo and Kobudo. Another art he is well known for is Kyusho The Vital / Pressure Points, in which he is getting trained under the founder of European Kyusho Academy, Grandmaster Hanshi Zsolt Szenasi. He is appointed as the Indian Chief in Kyusho Training and the Indian Branch Chief for World Smart Shito Concept.
The journey of a person from a normal karate kid to a 7th Dan Black belt, having so many ups and downs has today made him a successful Karate Instructor. He is well known for his karate skills and conduct lot of seminars and tournaments.
According to the experts of martial arts this organization is going to be the best platform for every style who wish to be the member of one of the world’s best KOBUDO Organization. The District and State Affiliation is widely open now. Huge possibility to train under the world class Okinawan teachers, The proper order of Belt grading system will give a light of authenticity.