10. Dan Hanshi
16.08.1918 – 28.11.2010
Grand Master Miyahira Katsuya, the founder of Okinawa Shorinryu Shidokan, was born in Nishihara-cho, Okinawa,. He was a student of Chibana Choshin who was one of the main representatives of the Kobayashi ryu on Okinawa. until his death. Grandmaster Miyahira was 10th Dan Hanshi and he was the president of Okinawa Shorin Ryu Karatedo Kyokai (Okinawa Shorin Ryu Karatedo Association) till he passed away.
The traditional Shuri-te is based on the principle of Atemi. Central idea is that a block (uke) not only serves the own defense against the attacker, but at the same time to destroy the attack. Ideally, you should train your hands and feet to reach a state where strength and flexibility co-exist, like steel is hard and elastic at the same time. Therefore, one should practice with the Makiwara by performing different strokes (tsuki) every day more than two hundred times with each hand. The aim of this exercise is the simultaneity of attack and defense. Grandmaster Miyahira always followed the traditional methods of Shuri-te in his practice. The basic rules in Grand Master Miyahira's dojo are accordingly:
Try to perfect your own personality
Maintain the spirit of constant effort
Restrain your youthful zeal
Note the etiquette
First principle and source of Shidôkan
Have dignity, do not act furiously.
Have dignity and have mercy from the bottom of your heart.
A student describes the personality of Confucius in the Book of Conversation. "Warm and passionate, dignified without being savage, respectful and peaceful." This was considered as ideal for a man of perfect virtue.
From the origin of Shidôkan
"As for the origin of Shidôkan, thsi is what happende when I gave the name Shidokan to my own karate dojo, going back to a quote from the Chinese sage Confucius from the doctrinal record of his" Book of Conversations" 4th volume, section 7: The way ahead, committed to virtue, based on mercy.
Sensei Miyahira teaches that the ideal karateka has "the hand of a devil, but the heart of a Buddha." The Shidokan School can not be limited to sports or health aspects of karate. Rather, Grand Master Miyahira sees in the perennial practical exercise no goal of its own, but a means to the higher goal of shaping the human character.
Grandmaster Miyahira says, "There are only a few differences between the Shorin styles taught on Okinawa, but the Shorin-derived Japanese styles have changed a lot. Their kata have moved so far from the originals that the techniques have become virtually ineffective. Maintaining the correct basic form is of utmost importance."