Although the exact origins of the martial arts are not clear, there are numerous records of the development of Chinese boxing and early Karate in the 14th to 17th centuries. As well as China, this development occurred in other parts of Asia including Taiwan and India. Travellers to Okinawa gradually spread the teaching of martial arts to that island and later to the Japanese mainland.

The lineage chart below shows the main descendents of the Shorin-ryu (or Shuri-te) masters. The other main lineage relates to the Shorei-ryu (or Naha-te) group. Another group that is less known is Tomari-te. This group was gradually absorbed by Shuri-te and Naha-te.

The past masters listed below often studied from each other and from other masters including teachers from China/Taiwan and from Naha-te. Therefore, although Masters Itosu and Toyama were the principal ancestors of Kei Shin Kan, there are other masters who influenced the development.

Kei Shin Kan Lineage

Master Anko Itosu

Master Anko Itosu

Master Itosu was born in the city of Shuri, Okinawa in 1830. He became a student of Master Sokun Matsumura at age 16 and at some stage was a student of Master Sokun Matsumora (of Tomari-Te).

It is generally regarded that in the 19th century, Master Itosu was the father of the Shuri system, just as Master Higaonna was the father of the Naha system.

Master Itosu developed Karate-Do into a system that was more appropriate to teach to beginners. For example, he developed the Heian Kata (also known as Pinan) from the more complicated Bassai and Kanku Katas. He also created the Tekki Katas which are linked to the Naha system of strong stance and movements.

A number of students of Master Itosu later developed other schools of Karate-Do. These include Masters Toyama, Funakoshi, Mabuni and Yabu.

Master Itosu died in 1915.

Master Kanken Toyama

Master Kanken Toyama

Master Toyama was born in Shuri, Okinawa, in 1888. He began his training in 1897 under Master Itarashiki. Later he became a student of Master Itosu and trained with him until Master Itosufs death in 1915. Master Toyama was Shihandai to Master Itosu for several years. Later, he was promoted to Shihanshi (protege) by Master Itosu. Master Toyama also studied at various times from other Masters of Naha and Tomari, including Masters Azato, Chibana and Yabu.

In 1924, Master Toyama moved to Taiwan where he studied a Chinese martial art Nanpa Shorin Ken. After he returned to Japan in 1930 and opened his first dojo in Tokyo, it was called gShudokanh, meaning "The Hall for the study for the Way".

Master Toyama did not claim to teach a particular style of Karate-Do. He said that styles are limited to the personality of their founders and this limits their development. True Karate-do should not be limited in this way.

Master Masanao Takazawa

Master Masanao Takazawa

Master Takazawa was a student of Master Toyama from a young age. In 1958, Master Toyama gave Master Takazawa a dojo with the instruction that it be called Kei Shin Kan.

Under Master Takazawa, Kei Shin Kan has grown over the years in Japan and in other countries. Master Takazawa passed away in Nagano Japan on 29 May 2010.

Kei Shin Kan Karate-do consists of two organizations under Master Masanao All Japan Kei Shin Kai Karate-Do association operates under the supervision of Shihan Eiich Yamazaki.

International Kei Shin Kan Karate-Do Organization operates under the supervision of Shihan Kisaku Uchida.
Ms. Satoko Takazawa is the head of those two organization.

Shihan Kisaku Uchida

Shihan Kisaku Uchida

Shihan Uchida was born in 1945 in Tokyo. He studied various martial arts in high school and university. In 1963 he became a student of Kei Shin Kan under Master Takazawa. He assisted Master Takazawa to teach at the American Army Base and other dojos.

Shihan Uchida moved to Malaysia in 1969 and taught karate under the Malaysian Karate Federation. From 1970 to 1978 he trained a special forces unit for the Singapore police. He establised the Singapore Kei Shin Kan Karate Association, as well as teaching karate at the local university.

While based in Singapore, Shihan Uchida spent time between the Singapore, IndonesiaA Malaysia and Newzeland Army to train the Kei Shin Kan associations in those countries. In 1979, Shihan Uchida moved to Australia to teach Kei Shin Kan. Now International Kei Shin Kan Karate-Do Organization operates under the supervision of Shihan Kisaku Uchida.