When Martin first set foot in our dojo about a year and half ago, he brought with him fifteen years of varied karate experience including Shotokan, Uechi-ryu, and Sankukai karate. Nevertheless, he humbly donned a white belt as a beginner in Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu.
As a Sankukai yudansha of demonstrative skill and character, we opened the floor to him this past Monday to introduce us to some Sankukai principles and kihon. He changed his white belt to black belt for his portion as a representative of Sankukai, and when class was over he switched back to his white belt to bow out of the dojo as a student; this was of his own personal moral accord and not asked of him.
Sankukai was founded in the 1970s by Yoshinao Nanbu (b. 1943) of Kobe, Japan, after his having studied Shito-ryu and Shukokai karate, as well as judo and aikido. Sankukai is known for circular movement, evasion tactics, and simultaneous defense and attack.
From time-to-time we welcome goodwill exchange training with skilled and principled practitioners of other systems. Regardless of system or style, good budo is good budo. We always have something to learn, and more often than not we find that our similarities are greater than our differences, but those differences serve to widen the perspective of our own training.
Martin represented Sankukai, his sensei, his previous dojo, and himself with honor and dignity, and had a wonderful and patient teaching demeanor.
Thanks for sharing with us, Martin!