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About Genbu-kai

Genbu-kai is made up of the Shito-Ryu teachings of Master Mabuni as well as the kobudo teachings of Master Shinken Taira.Genbu-Kai was named by Shihan Fumio Demura after Master Sakagami passed away. "Gen" means original, professional, or beginning and "Bu" means martial arts. "Kai" means group.

Genbu-kai refers to a group of professionals who are dedicated to achieving the original goals of the traditional Budo. This is a modern interpretation of traditional Japanese "Shu, Ha, Ri" (protect, breakthrough, departure). It is the goal of Shito-ryu Karate-Do Genbu-Kai, and the root of Sensei Demura's teachings.Genbu-Kai training begins with "
kihon" (basics) techniques. The training must adhere to learning correct kihon techniques, which is the foundation of Genbu-Kai Karate-Do training ("Shu"). The next step is to practice combinations of the kihon techniques through "kata" (form). Students then learn how to apply the kihon techniques through different levels of "kumite" (sparring) training. The sparring training system includes "ippon kumite" (predetermined one technique sparing), "sanbon kumite" (predetermined three techniques sparring) ("Ha"), "jyuu ippon kumite" (free style one step sparring ) through to "jyuu kumite" (free sparring) ("Ri"). Through this learning system, Genbu-Kai students can achieve mastery of Shito-Ryu Karate-Do.

Genbu-Kai's goal is the vision of Master Kenwa Mabuni's "Kunnshi-no-Ken," which is dedication to teachings students personal growth achieve harmony in their lives. This is the way of Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Genbu-Kai, and it is the most fundamental part of Sensei Fumio Demura's purpose and meaning in life.