Masayoshi Kori Hisataka (Seiki Kudaka) was born April 22, 1907 in Naha City, Okinawa,
Japan of lesser nobility. His family was awarded an island off Okinawa.
As a youth he studied with Ankoh Asato, Ufuchiku Kanegushiku but his
main instructor was Chotoku Kyan, one of the greatest Okinawan
In 1929 he toured Taiwan with Master Kyan.
Afterwards he returned to Japan to study Judo and Kendo under Master Sampo
Toku in Tokyo at the Kodokan. During the 1930's he traveled extensively through
When news came that his instructor Master Kyan had passed away,
he formed the Kenkokan School of Shorinjiryu Karatedo.
Shortly after the introduction of Shorinjiryu at the New York
World's Fair, in 1964, schools opened on the U.S. east coast and in Canada.
Dr. Kori Hisataka passed away on
August 13, 1988 in Tokyo, Japan.
Kaiso Kori Hisataka
Kensei 10th Dan
Founder of Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karatedo
Masayuki Kukan Hisataka
Kenmei (9th Dan) Karatedo,
Ken Go (5th Dan) Judo,
Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karatedo President and Founder of the World
Koshiki Karatedo Federation
Hanshi Masayuki Kukan Hisataka was born on November 13, 1940. The first
son of our founder Kaiso Kori Hisataka (see above). He began his
training at age 3, and attained black belts in karatedo and judo by age
13. He won the All Japan Open Karatedo Championships in 1961 and 1962,
and the Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karatedo Championships from 1958 to
In 1964, Hanshi Hisataka introduced Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karatedo at
the New York World Fair, and again in 1967 to the Montreal World Exposition.
He stayed in the Montreal area afterwards to open several schools teaching
karate and judo. In 1974, he returned to Japan to assume the position of
Chief Instructor of Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karatedo following his father's
retirement from full time teaching.
Hanshi Hisataka is the author of "Scientific Karatedo"
(1976). It is still regarded as one of the leading karatedo texts and
is referenced worldwide. Hanshi Hisataka now holds the rank of
9th Dan in Karatedo, and is regarded as one of the world's
foremost exponents of the art. Today he presides over an
organization with schools (dojo) throughout the world.
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