Shito ryu Kaneta-HA ( Motobu-ha )

Choki Motobu
Choki Motobu
Kenwa Mabuni
Kenwa Mabuni

Shogo Kuniba 1935-1992 was the one who gave the name to the style Motobu ha shitoryu.
Shogo Kuniba became 1st Soke Motobu-ha Shitoryu and 3rd Soke Motobu-ha karate as heir from his father and Choki Motobu.
The style is a combination of what Shogo Kuniba learned from Shitoryo founder Kenwa Mabuni and from the style of Motobu-Ha Karate Do, which he learned from his father Kosei Kukuba who was a student of Choki Motobu.

Shogo Kunibas father Kōsei Kokuba came from Okinawa and was a student of the notorious Choki Motobu. Kōsei Kokuba moved to Osaka and opened a Dojo named Seshinkan and later Seishinkai. Dojon quickly became a local point for the great karatemen of that time.
Amongst them , Choki Motobu, Kenwa Mabuni and Ryusei Tomoyori a famous student of Mabuni who all taugt at the Seshihnkan.
Shogo Kuniba was sent at a young age to Okinawa where he received training under Shōshin Nagamine, Matsubayashi Shorinryu
He also received training in Kobudo. He continued his education in Kobudo by training with Shinken Taira and received a Shihan license from him.
Kuniba began studying Iado at the age of 17. The style was Mugai Ryu and the teacher was Ishii Gogetsu.
From his broad knowledge of different fighting styles, Kuniba founded his own self-defense system Goshin Budo Jujutsu.

Many famous karate names received their education from Seishinkai amongst other,can be mentioned here Teuro Hayashi (Hayashii-ha shitoryu) who during a transitional period after Kosei Kokuba's death led Seishinkai as Kaicho until the young Shogo was ready to take over.


Kaneta-ha Shitoryu

Toshio Kaneta 1937, Shodai Soke and Suprem Advisor. Martial Arts Kaneta (Sogo Budo Kanetakai) 
1937 -
Toshio Kaneta, Soke 10 DAN began practicing karate Gojuryu at age 5 under guidance of
Okuyama Hirioshi. Proceeded in 1964 to train Ishimine ryu under Ishimine Gensho.
In 1970 he became a student of Tomiya Hidetaka Seishinkai and met thereby Shogo Kuniba, Soke, Seishinkai and the succesor to Motobu ha shitoryu. Kaneta were already 1970 ranked 6 Dan.In 1972 Kaneta opened his own dojo in his hometown Fujioka.
1980 Kaneta was appointed as Branch chief  Gunma prefecture and  Federation Director Seishinkai board.
1985 kaneta was appointed Technical Director and responsible for the style's technical quality and responsible for  technical guidance to overseas Seishinkai Branches..

Kuniba moved in the early 80s to the US. 1989 Kaneta was appointed to 10 Dan and responsible for Seishinkai East Japan by Shogo Kuniba.
In the 80s Kaneta traveled around the world, together with Kuniba Shogo, and taught especially in North America and Canada

During the late 90s and early 2000s Kaneta taught at camp in Europe , France, Sweden.

1991 he was given the right of Soke Shogo Kuniba to form their own style (ryu) .Kaneta formed the World Motobu-ha Shitoryu Karate Do ,Martial Arts Kaneta Association (Sogo Budo Kanetakai) and the style Kaneta-ha, to carry on the tradition, which he learned and developed under the guidance of Kuniba Shogo within Seishinkai

In 2017 Kaneta took the position of Supreme advisor to the organisation KAI . His long time direct student Atsushi Negishi was appointed new Soke, NidaiSoke for the Kai.

The style characteristics are quick direct movements but also soft flexible movements depending on the situation.

The style value the study of Bunkai and see Karate mainly as a martial arts and the development of your own character. The style bunkai is characterized by creativity and influences from Jujitsu, Akido and Goshin Budo. Kaneta has also integrated the knowledge of Shiatsu and the use of pressure against the body's sensitive parts
The style Kihon kata is Jin o kata 1-16.

Toshio Kaneta carry on the tradition of Shogo Kuniba and Seishinkai and passes it on through the martial arts Kaneta (Sogo Budo Kanetakai). The arts that are trained is Motobu-ha shitoryu, Goshin Budo, Kobudo and Mugai Ryu IADO.Kaneta-ha


Shogo Kuniba , Toshio Kaneta  USA Tournament
Shogo Kuniba , Toshio Kaneta USA Tournament
Erik Nilsson , Toshio Kaneta
Erik Nilsson , Toshio Kaneta