MASAYUKI SHIMABUKURO HANSHI
Jikishin-Kai International Chairman & Instructor
As chairman of both the Jikishin-Kai International and the Nippon Kobudo Jikishin-Kai, Masayuki Shimabukuro Hanshi holds a great deal of personal responsibility for passing on the ancient traditions of Japanese martial arts to the modern world. Masayuki Hidenobu Shimabukuro Hanshi was born in March 1948 in Osaka, Japan.
His interest in Martial arts began as a teenager, when he studied Judo, Karate-do, Okinawan Kobudo weapons and other traditional Japanese martial arts. He achieved dan ranking in several of these arts before focusing his attention predominantly on Iaido (or Iaijutsu), the art of Samurai swordsmanship.
Shimabukuro Hanshi began his sword training in 1975 under the direct supervision of Miura Takeyuki Hidefusa, Hanshi, 20th generation grandmaster of Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu in Osaka, Japan. Shimabukuro Sensei was appointed Kokusai Bucho (International Chairman) of the Nippon Kobudo Jikishin-kai by Miura Hanshi, and entrusted with dissemination of authentic Eishin-ryu Samurai swordsmanship worldwide outside of Japan. Since that appointment, Shimabukuro Sensei has traveled throughout the world teaching Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu Iaido, Shindo Muso Ryu jojutsu and other traditional Samurai arts. He has established Jikishin-Kai International Training Groups and member schools in Europe, North America, South America, Central America, Asia and Australia.
Shimabukuro sensei is the senior-most student of Miura Takeyuki Hanshi and is presently the highest ranked member of the Nippon Kobudo Jikishin-kai under Miura Sensei in the world. He is also a direct student of Kenzo Mabuni, the present Grandmaster of Shito-Ryu Karate do Kai.
Masayuki Shimabukuro is presently ranked 8th dan in Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iaido (Iaijutsu), 7th dan in Shindo Muso-Ryu Jojutsu, 7th dan Nippon Karate-do-Kai and holds the coveted title of Hanshi. Hanshi is the highest title one can achieve in the Traditional Japanese Martial Arts.
Summary Timeline of Acheivements and Rankings
1963 - Starts training in Shorinji Kenpo
1965 - Starts training in Shito-Ryu Karate-Do
1973 - Receives Shorinji Kenpo 2nd dan rank
1975 - Starts training in Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu under Miura Hanshi
1977 - Receives instructor license in Okinawa Kobu-Do Kenshin-Ryu
1978 - Receives All Japan Kobudo Federation Iaijutsu 3rd dan rank
1978 - Receives Nippon Kobudo Jikishin-Kai Dan Shinsaiin
1978 - Appointed Nippon Kobudo Jikishin-Kai California Director
1982 - Receives Hayashi-ha Shito-Ryu 4th dan rank
1990 - Appointed Nippon Kobudo Jikishin-Kai U.S.A. Director
1992 - Receives Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Kyoshi, 7th dan rank
1995 - Receives Dai Nippon Butoku-kai Excellence Award
1995 - Appointed Nippon Kobudo Jikishin-Kai International Director
1995 - Establishes Jikishin-Kai International
1999 - Receives Shindo Muso-Ryu Jo-Jutsu 7th dan rank
1999 - Receives Nippon Karate-do-Kai 7th dan rank
2000 - Receives Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iaijutsu 8th dan rank
2002 - Receives Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iaijutsu Hanshi title
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