Toudi Master Motobu Choki ,It was after Master Motobu Choki's
decision to return to Okinawa, during 1939, that Master Motobu
highly recommended his good friend and fellow Okinawan Toudi
Master, Mabuni Kenwa to act as his replacement at the Toyo
University Karate Club.
Ken recalls "from December 1941, when Japan rushed into the
Pacific War, we all lived precarious lives. But, I was charmed
by the personality of Master Mabuni and the appeal of karate,
and I devoted myself to practice under Master Mabuni, valueing
the short period of time left to me until my enlistment in April
1941. Master Mabuni was 50 years old then and reaching his peak.
His lessons were so exhaustive, going into so minute details
that I was constantly surprised by his vitality in seeking the
essence of karate. I am ashamed that in spite of those kind
lessons from Master Mabuni, with so much toil, I remain immature
in the arts of karate.
Sakio sensei was honoured with a 'Renshi' teaching license
issued by the most highly respected Japanese Martial Arts
Organization responsible for certifying all the martial arts,
the Dai Nippon Buto-Kai.
Sakio sensei had opened his own Shito-ryu dojo, the Seifukan
under the supervision and with permission of master Mabuni Kenwa.
He also became the karate instructor at the Shimizudani High
Scool Karate Club as well as the Outemon High School Karate
Sakio sensei had firmly established a university karate Club at
Sakio sensei was appointed a representative of the Zen Nippon
Karate-do Renmei (Federation of All Japan Karate-do
Organizations-FAJKO) and a senior 'A' class Referee.
sensei was honoured for his continuous outstanding contribution
to the martial arts by receiving the 'Distinguished Service
Award' from the Nihon Budo Kyougi Kai (Japan Budo Council)
performing moves from various Shito Ryu Kata such as Gojushiho,
Suparinpei, Rohai etc.
Master Sakio was appointed the 'President of the Japan Karate-do
Shito-Kai as well as President of the World Shito-Ryu Karate-do
Federation after the very unexpected death of Master Iwata Manz.
Master Sakio was awarded 9th degree level of black belt from the
Japan Karate-do Federation (JKF).
At the 2nd
World Shito Ryu Karate Do Federation Championships in Puebla,
Mexico during 1996, Master Sakio headed-up the Japan delegation
and presided at the WSKF Congress as well as supervising the
Kata and Referee seminars.