All Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate and Kobudo Federation
In 1980 Master Soken’s students allied together to form the All Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate and Kobudo Federation. The purpose of this organization is to preserve and advance Master Soken’s teachings. President of this organization is Grand Master Fusei Kise, 10th Degree Black Belt.
The emblem shows the left fist holding a kama and tonfa over the red rising sun. The Kanji, reading downwards and from right to left are; ALL, OKI, SHO, KARA, KO, FED
The A.O.S.K.K.F. emblem may be worn by any Ballarat Karate Club member.
The Shorin Ryu Kenshin Kan Karate and Kobudo Federation was founded in 1977 by Master Kise. The definition of Kenshin Kan is as follows;
Definition of Kenshin Kan
KEN — Empty hand or the Loochoo (Ryu Kyu) art of self defence.
SHIN — Truth, reality, human nature, humanity.
KAN — A place, building, mansion or palace
Thus we have Shorin Ryu Kenshin Kan Karate – Do, a Karate system that evolved from the ancient teachings of Sakugawa and Bushi Matsumura. A system which is the direct descendant from Grand Master Hohan Soken’s Shorin Ryu Matsumura Seito.
A system led by Master Fusei Kise, one of the very few masters to have been taught the complete secrets of the Hakutsura (White Crane). A martial art that incorporates the “body change” concept. A concept of fighting and self defence, which utilizes the techniques of Tai Sabaki, (shifting of the body to avoid an attack).
(Originally the Dragon was superimposed over a red orb to represent the style of Kiai Do Kan. This system which was developed by Master Wayne Williamson, who merged Japanese style Karate with the Chinese martial art known as Lung Chang.)
During the 1970’s links were established on Okinawa by B.K.C. member Barry Packham with Shorin Ryu Matsumura Seito Grand Master Hohan Soken. This eventually saw Packham being graded to Masters rank of 4th Degree Black Belt (Yondan) under Master Soken and Senior Master Fusei Kise.
The Ballarat Karate Club, established in 1965 adopted the above emblem during the clubs developing years. In 1974 the rising sun was replaced with the Matsumura Sho. This emblem represented the Chinese influence (Dragon) on Okinawan Karate (Matsumura Sho).
The Club however decided to retain the Dragon as a special recognition for outstanding personal with in the B.K.C.
The Dragon is symbolic of and awarded for the following attributes; Heart, Courage, Dedication, Loyalty and Service to the Club.
The Dragon at all times remains the property of the B.K.C. The emblem is awarded rarely and carries with it much respect.
The Hidari Mitsudomoe ( more commonly referred to as the Okinawan Sho ) is the crest of Hachiman, Japanese God of War. It is believed to represent the three kingdoms of Okinawa which were united into one by King Sho Hashi.
This symbol was used by the Sho family as their Royal Crest until their abdication was forced by the Japanese Government during the Meiji restoration. Some authors also claim that Matsumura Soken used the crest in his personal writings and that this is where the tradition of the Sho patch being worn by Okinawan Karate and Kobudo students began.
This emblem also indicates that the respective style is of Okinawan origin and not Japanese, the emblem is worn on the right sleeve of all Ballarat Karate Club members.
This symbol is used as the official seal of the Ballarat Karate Club Incorporated.