Gensei-ryu Karate do was established by Seiken Shukumine (Born in
Okinawa, 1925). "Gensei-ryu" has been used as an official name since
1950. Gensei-ryu started propagation centering at main Dojo in Tokyo
and Kanto region especially in Saitama Univ. Gunma Univ. Chiba Univ.
Tokyo Medical and Dental Univ. Fukushima Medical Univ. and
Nishogakusha Univ. and the organization made rapid development and
became a remarkable nationwide organization. However, seiken
Shukumine couldn't help establishing another Budo, Taido beyond the
confine of Karate in 1963 as a result of his pursuit of his theory
on Budo and technical changes. He left Karate community with almost
all his students and he as a Japan Taido Founder and supreme Master,
actively spread it that is admitted widely in foreign
Kunihiko Tosa who had been a senior student of
Shukumine since before Gensei-ryu was established, aimed at
spreading Gensei-ryu Karate do persistently. So Tosa established
Gensei-ryu Butoku-kai with his junior co-worker Yoshimitsu Furuya
who has kept good relation with him since the day of Tachikawa Self
Defense Forces Karate Club was opened. Gensei-ryu actively joined a
Prefectural Federation organized by Japan Karate do Federation and
Tosa has raised many brilliant practitioners and higher grade
holders who have won higher prizes in international tournaments,
national tournaments and National Athletic Meets by using his
passion, excellent character and remarkable leadership. Now
Gensei-ryu has not only national branches but also overseas branches
as a proof of its popularity and it can be said that Gensei-ryu
holds its firm place in Karate community by holding the 36th
History of the name "Gensei"
To do something quite unanticipated is the secret of win even in
a war between a nation and a nation or in a mere personal conflict.
To say other words, basic philosophy of Gensei-ryu pursues this idea
which is that how to do unexpected things.
After a long time
study of how to realize the idea in Kata and how to apply it to real
life, Seiken Shukumine created the basic theory "Se, Un, Hen, Nen
and Ten". "Se" is vertical circular movement of the body axis. "Un"
is up and down movement in the directions of front and back, up and
down. "Hen" is falling movement in front and back, right and left by
your own will. "Nen" is twisted hand and arm techniques mainly
executed on the spot. "Ten" is a technique in an unexpected
situation created by front turn, back turn and side turn. It is
"Sansai no Kata" that is known widely as a typical Kata that bristle
with these techniques of Gensei-ryu.
Basic philosophy of Gensei-ryu
"Gen" means a subtle and deep truth and "Sei" means system and
creating a form. Therefore, "Gensei" means that we pursue the deep
truth and make it clear once after we get the truth.