|Kiyotada Sannosuke Ueshima|
Historical photo of Sannosuke Ueshima
Akō, Hyōgo, Japan
1987 (94 years old)|
|Other names||Kiyotada Sanosuke Ueshima|
|Style||Kodokan Judo, Kushin-ryu|
|Teacher(s)||Sugaya Ueshima, Kiyotada Kahei Matsubara, Kanamori Kinjo/Kinsei Kinjo|
At only 3 years old he began his training in Konshin-ryu Juho-jutsu (Jujutsu) at Matsubara's academy in the city of Akō, Hyōgo. His teacher was Kiyotada Kahei Matsubara. When he was 9 years old he learned the katas Channan and Kūshankū from Sugaya Ueshima, a police officer of Akō, who was originally from Okinawa.
In 1918, at the age of 25, Ueshima received the title of professor of Konshin-ryu juho-jutsu (Konshin-ryu jujutsu) from professor Matsubara and professor Guikyo Mazai Akada. After receiving his title Ueshima relocated to the city of Osaka where he opened the academy of Konshin-ryu juho-jutsu (Konshin-ryu jujutsu). Several teachers of Karate arrived from Okinawa to practice and to teach Karate. These included:
- Chōki Motobu who taught the Shuri-te and Tomari-te style.
- Kanamori Kinjo/ Kinsei Kinjo who taught the styles Shōrin-ryū and Gōjū-ryū.
- Chōshin Chibana who founder and taught the Shōrin-ryū Kobayashi style.
Founder of Kushin-ryu
In 1932 Ueshima founded the style of Kushin-ryu Karate-do, developed from the union of Konshin-Ryu with Gōjū-ryū Karate. In 1935 and for the first time in Japan, the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai conferred the title of professor of Karate (KYOSHI) to Ueshima with two others. The martial arts masters who received the distinction included:
- Chōjun Miyagi (founder of the Gōjū-ryū style)
- Kiyotada Sannosuke Ueshima (founder of the Kushin-ryu style)
- Yasuhiro Konishi (founder of the Shindo Shizen/Jinen style)
In 1940, Kinjo received the title of professor of Karate (Renshi) from the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai. In 1946, at the end of World War II, the dissolution of the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai took place. In 1965, Ueshima received the title of 8th Dan of Kodokan Judo. His teacher, Kanamori Kinjo/ Kinsei Kinjo, professor of the styles Shōrin-ryū and Gōjū-ryū and professor of Karate to Ueshima, returned to his native Okinawa where he spread the Kushin-ryu style.
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