For anyone in Chicago’s North/Northwest Suburbs interested in Okinawan Shorin-ryu, check out Yujiro Uza-sensei’s dojo, which practices Shidokan Shorin-ryu. Shidokan comes through the late Katsuya Miyahira, who was a student of Choshin Chibana, Anbun Tokuda, and Choki Motobu.
Uza-sensei is a student of Seikichi Iha (b. 1932), who came to the US in 1975 and founded the Beikoku Shidokan Karatedo Association in Lansing, MI. The attached short clip is from a demo at the Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai’s 50th Anniversary Banquet, with a special appearance by 84-year old Iha-sensei.
Beikoku Shidokan Shorin-ryu Uza Dojo currently practices on Saturday afternoons out of the Midwest Shotokan Karate dojo in Prospect Heights, on Rand between Oakton and Palatine Roads. Uza-sensei is a gentleman and highly skilled karateka.