Shito-Ryu Karate was developed by Kenwa Mabuni
(1890-1954), an Okinawan karate master who studied both the
styles of Naha-Te (which developed into Gojuryu Karate) and
Shuri-Te (which developed into Shorinryu). Shito Ryu was formed
by the combination of the kata and techniques of these two
styles. Mr Mabuni combined japanese syllables of this two main
teachers, Ankoh Itosu (of Shuri-Te) and Kanryo Higaonna
(Naha-Te) to honor them when he developed his own style,
Shito-Ryu, which he started to teach when he moved to Osaka,
Characteristic for Shito-Ryu Karate are the square-on stances
and linear strikes. Traditional Okinawan weapons are also
taught in the Shito-Ryu style of karate.
Shihan Fumio Demura
The most famous exponent of Shito Ryu is Fumio Demura,
a student of Ryusho Sakagami, who himself was a student
of Kenwa Mabuni. Fumio Demura popularised and introduced
the style to the world. Today, he is the chief
instructor of Shito-Ryu Karate Do Genbu-Kai, and lives
in the United States.
Mr Demura has written several books - on both Shito-Ryu
Karate and traditional Okinawan martial arts weapons.
Martial arts weapons that Demura has written about
include the Sai, Nunchaku and Tonfa.