Karate originated in Okinawa in the 1400’s. Sokon Matsumura, who lived in Okinawa in the 19th century, is commonly referred to as the father of modern karate. Kama Zaha was one of his students. Jiro Zaha was taught by his father (Kama Zaha) and Sinpei Tawada and Chosin Chibana (early lineage holders of modern karate under Sokon Matsumura). Jiro Zaha taught his younger brother, Nikichi Zaha.
Kenji Ushiro Shihan was born in the Miyazaki prefecture of Japan in 1949. He joined the Karate club at Miyazaki University in 1967. He began questioning the value of sports karate which led him to begin training directly with Nikichi Zaha. In addition to training in karate under Nikichi Zaha, Ushiro Shihan began training in Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu and was admitted to the All Japan Kendo Federation- Iaido Division in 1982. Ushiro Shihan went on to win over 60 championships in Iaido at various tournaments, earning the rank of 7th Dan, Kyoshi. Ushiro Shihan earned the rank of 8th Dan, Hanshi in Shindoryu Karate-Do. Ushiro Shihan’s mastery of “Ki”, combined with his mastery of the sword, led him to teach his own unique style Soshinkan Karate-Do (also known as Ushiro Karate).
For further information, please visit the official Ushiro-Karate Site.