Kiyohide Shinjō

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Kiyohide Shinjo (新城 清秀 Shinjō Kiyohide?, born November 3, 1951, Ie Island) is a nine-time all-Okinawa kata and kumite champion, and a master (9th dan) of Uechi Ryu karate. Master Shinjo's unparalleled success in Okinawan karate competition earned him the nickname "Okinawa's Superman".[1]

Kiyohide Shinjo is the son and student of Seiyu Shinjo. Shinjo earned his shodan at his father's school at age 16.[2] After his father's death in 1979, Shinjo retired undefeated from karate competition and founded the Kenyukai fraternity within the Uechi Ryu Association. "Ken" means "fist", "yu" is derived from Seiyu Shinjo's name, and "kai" means "group", so "Kenyukai" means "Seiyu Shinjo's strong fist group".[3] At that time he also took over his father's dojo in Kadena, Okinawa.[3]

Shinjo serves on the Okinawa Karate Federation Board of Directors, and has done so since 1980. He was elected chairman of that board for periods spanning 1991 through 1994, and he was the youngest person ever elected to that position.[3]

In 2004, Master Kiyohide Shinjo's dojo moved to Toguchi in Yomitan, Okinawa. Master Kiyohide Shinjo has master-level students all over the world.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dollar, Allan "The Indomitable Shinjos of Okinawan Uechi-ryu Karate," Meibukan Magazine No. 8, December 2006. p. 26.
  2. ^ Dollar, Allan "The Indomitable Shinjos of Okinawan Uechi-ryu Karate," Meibukan Magazine No. 8, December 2006. p. 25.
  3. ^ a b c Dollar, Allan "The Indomitable Shinjos of Okinawan Uechi-ryu Karate," Meibukan Magazine No. 8, December 2006. p. 29.