Eibukan Karate

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Eibu Kan Goju Ryu Karate-do

Eibu Kan Goju Ryu Karate-do is one of the longest tenured Goju Ryu karate schools in the United States. Eibukan is recognized by the Japan Karatedo Federation (JKF) Goju Kai. Eibukan is an integral JKF member dojo to promote this style of karate here in Southern California and in the Americas. Eibukan has unique roots with their top instructors training under the lineage of Hanshi Yoshihiro Hisanaga, 8th Dan.

Yoshihiro Hisanaga

Hanshi Yoshihiro Hisanaga 1938-


Eibukan's roots run deep within karate. The organization was formed in the United States in the late 1960s by senseis Masato Sakaue and Takafumi Hamabata. Eibu Kan is under the guidance of 8th Dan Hanshi, Shihan Hisanaga Yoshihiro who has studied under many famous and knowledgeable Senseis, most notable was Dai Sensei Kyoda Juhatsu, who was one of Higaonna Kanryo's (founder of Okinawa Te) most senior student, and even senior to Dai Sensei Miyagi Chojun who is considered to be the founder of Goju Ryu Karate.

Kyoda Juhatsu

Kyoda Juhatsu 1887-1968


Visit "Senseis and Galleries" and "News and Contact Us" to learn more about our dojo's commitment to teaching traditional Goju Ryu Karate.


History - Goju Ryu

Goju Ryu Karatedo is said to display the oldest martial arts traditions and movements. The system is based on the concept of hard (go) and soft (ju), always in consistent harmony one equalizing the other. The art combines traditional Okinawan techniques with both internal and external Chinese principles. The soft (ju), internal Chinese style concentrates upon circular movements and the development of chi (vital energy), while external, hard (go) principle rely upon physical strength. The combination gives Goju Ryu its beauty, disciplined movements, grace, and flowing form. Anyone who believes that Goju Ryu is merely a beautiful style with little of the art of defense, he need only watch two Goju Ryu practitioners square off in sparring (kumite) where Goju-ryu is a close-range, infighting system that concentrates on efficiency of movements.

Goju-Ryu has received the most Chinese influence of all of the Japanese styles of Karatedo, followed closely by Shorin Ryu and Shito Ryu. Through Goju-Ryu training, the simple act of blocking or striking will eventually occur naturally.

The Okinawa brand of Karatedo was originally imported from China more than 400 years ago, but had developed into a hard style during its years on the island due to the influence of the Okinawan native arts. When these arts came to Okinawa, they underwent changes and were combined with Okinawa Te. Many approaches to self-defense came into existence. Naha Te named after the city in which it was practiced (Naha) over time developed in combination with other Te to become Goju Ryu.

During the 1960s, Masato Sakaue and Takafumi Hamabata began their Goju Ryu karate training under Kiyonori Ikumura Sensei, Shorei Kan at the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center (ESGVJCC) in West Covina. Ikumura Sensei(who was Hisanaga Sensei's Kohai) continued to teach at the ESGVJCC until he was recalled to Kagoshima, Japan. His most senior students Sakaue and Hamabata Senseis carried on the dojo operations.

Kiyonori Ikumura Sensei

Kiyonori Ikumura


EIBU KAN: Meaning of the Name


Ei Japanese character

(Ei) symbol: Derived from Shihan Hisanaga's, founder of Eibu Kan, last name and is translated as "everlasting".


Bu Japanese character

(Bu) symbol: Derived from the term "Bushi" or "Bushido"; signifying the Warrior spirit and code.


Kan Japanese character

(Kan): Literal meaning is "House of" or "Organization of"


(Eibu Kan): Translated, Eibu Kan stands for "House of Everlasting Bushido."




Dojo News and Contact Us



Dojo News

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May 2015 Tea Fundraiser Event


2015 Shihan Hisanaga Visit


For immediate release - Sept 2015
For immediate release - Nov 2014
For immediate release - Aug 2013

2015 Dojo Tournament Results

Kumite and Kata


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2015 Hadi at Akimatsuri Demo

Hadi at Demo

2015 Hokubei Shihankai Master's Seminar

2015 Hokubei Shihankai Seminar
Hokubei Shihankai Website


Eibukan's Travels

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Hassanain's Karate "pose" @ Najaf International Airport, Iraq 2016


Jody's Cat Stance atop Potato Mountain, CA 2016


Sensei - Front Kick - Potato Mountain, CA 2016


Jason - Side Kick - Akimatsuri Demo West Covina 2015


More photos to come as students display their Goju Ryu Karate skills as they travel to different places.



2016 Dojo Events

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Mount Baldy Climb May 2012

2016 Dojo Calendar of Events


January 20 - Annual Dojo Potluck

January 23 - Shihankai Seminar

February - Dojo Tournament

March - Promotion Testing

April - Dojo Tournament

May - No tea event this year

June - Dojo Tournament

August - Dojo Tournament

September - Promotion Testing

October - Dojo Tournament

December - Dojo Tournament




Dojo Location

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East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center Gym


Dojo Location

East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center

1203 West Puente Avenue
West Covina, CA 91790

Email: Eibu Kan Goju Ryu Karate-do



Contact Us

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Contact Eibu Kan Goju Ryu Karate Do




Senseis and Galleries



Senseis

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Black Belts

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Training, Tournaments, Promotion testing, and Demos

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Yoshihiro Hisanaga

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Yoshihiro Hisanaga, Hanshi


8th Dan JKF Goju Kai

Kagoshima Goju Kai

JKF Goju Kai, Okinawa Region Kyushu Prefecture

Goju Ryu Karatedo Eibukan, Soke

Born 1938 in Kagoshima Japan.

Received his initial Karatedo training from Kyoda Juhatsu.

Founder and Hanshi of Eibu Kan Goju Ryu Karate-do.



Takafumi Hamabata

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Takafumi Hamabata, Kyoushi


7th Dan Eibu Kan

7th Dan JKF Goju Kai

Goju Ryu Karatedo Eibu kan, Chief Instructor

Founding Member of Hokubei Karate-do Shihankai

Hamabata Sensei has continually trained in traditional Goju Ryu karate for over 40 years, he has unique roots that pull from Shorei Kan (Toguchi Seikichi) lineage, Goju Kai (Yamaguchi Gogen) lineage, and JKF Goju Kai Kagoshima (Yoshihiro Hisanaga) lineage.



Katsuhide Kinjo

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Katsuhide Kinjo, Renshi


6th Dan Eibu Kan

6th Dan JKF Goju Kai

Goju Ryu Karatedo Eibu kan, Senior Instructor

Founding Member of Hokubei Karate-do Shihankai

Kinjo Sensei comes to us through Okinawa, where he learned Goju Ryu Karate through his high school club.



Albert Ige

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Albert Ige


6th Dan Eibu Kan

Goju Ryu Karatedo Eibu kan, Senior Instructor

Ige Sensei has been training in Goju Ryu since the mid 1970s at the ESGVJCC.



Donny Hiroyuki Takemoto

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Donny

Donny Takemoto


5th Dan Eibu Kan

5th Dan JKF Goju Kai

Takemoto sensei started his training at the dojo when he was 7 years old, under Senseis Takafumi Hamabata and Masato Sakaue. He helped run a sister dojo in Newport Beach for several years.



Yuta Watanabe

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Bruce Watanabe


5th Dan Eibu Kan

4th Dan JKF Goju Kai

Watanabe sensei started his training at the dojo when he was 8 years old, under Senseis Takafumi Hamabata and Masato Sakaue. He ran a sister dojo in Newport Beach for over 4 years.



Keiichiro Sakaue

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Kay Sakaue


5th Dan Eibu Kan

2nd Dan JKF Goju Kai

Sakaue sensei started his training at the dojo when he was 12 years old, under Senseis Takafumi Hamabata and Masato Sakaue (his father). He ran a sister dojo in Newport Beach.



Black Belt Students

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Black Belts

Eibu Kan Goju Ryu Karate-do circa 2008

This picture shows our Senseis and many of the active and some past Black Belts.


ACTIVE BLACK BELTS


PAST BLACK BELTS



Black Belt Students

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Diana P.
Cory C.
Kevin Y.

Sylvia H.
Rina H.
Don P.
Andrew N.
Calvin L.
Miki E.
Pepe Y.


Training

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Training
Training
Training
Training

The dojo is located at the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center in West Covina. Traditional Goju Ryu Karate training takes place every Wednesday, from 7PM to 9PM in the gym.



Tournaments

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Training
Training
Training
Training

In-house tournaments are held every other month. Students compete in Kumite (sparring) and Kata (forms) events.



Promotion Testing

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Promotion Testing

All students start with a white belt. In order to earn their yellow belt, they must be tested. Promotion testing takes place twice a year for youth under 16. Adults, 16 and older test once a year. The color of the belt reflects the sweat, blood, and stains for training hard. The progression of belts goes from white-yellow-green-purple-brown-black. During promotion testing the students are evaluated on their basic techniques, kata, kumite, and spirit.



Demos

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Sarmad William Antonio

Demo at ESGVJCC 2015


Demo at Tokyo Central 2015 Demo at Tokyo Central 2015

Demo at Tokyo Central 2015


Demo at School of Knowledge 2015 Preparing for Demo Nathan and Hassanain Donny and Rick

Demo at School of Knowledge 2015


Eibu Kan Dojo does demos at various locations and events throughout Southern California.



2011 Video

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