History Of World Shitoryu Karatedo
- March, 1934 The founder Kenwa Mabuni established
Do-Jo, You Syu Kan in Osaka. He named Shito-Ryu after both of his
teachers, Itosu Sensei and Higaonna Sensei.
- March, 1939 Shito-Kai was registered at the
headquarters of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai. In July, Dai Nippon Karate-Do Kai
started, later it changed its name to Japan Karate-Do Kai.
- May, 1952 On the founder Kenwa Mabuni's death,
Kenei Mabuni succeeded to the second head of Shito-Ryu.
- November, 1960 Manzo Iwata became a president at
Japan Karate-Do Kai Eastern Japan headquarters. At same time, Kenei Mabuni
became a president at its Western Japan headquarters.
- 1964 At the founder Kenwa Mabuni's 13th anniversary
of death, All Japan Karate-Do Shito-Ryu Championship was held by united
Eastern and Western headquarters. In same year, All Japan Karate-Do
Federation was established and Shito-Ryu joined in the organization. On
establishment of All Japan Karate-Do Federation Shito-Kai, Eiichi Tanaka
became a president, Manzou Iwata and Kenei Mabuni became vice-presidents.
- February 1st, 1980 On the president Eiichi Tanaka's
death, its organization changed as follows; Kenei Mabuni as an honorary
president, Manzou Iwata as a president and Sadachika Tsujikawa as a
- March 1993 World Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Federation was
established and the 1st Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Championship was held at Tokyo
- April 12th, 1997 Shito-Ryu head Do-Jo was completed in Asaka,
- 1991 USA Shito-Kai Chapter established by Leonel
Perez of Miami, Florida.
- 1997 Jeff Bedard of St Louis, Missouri
establishes Midwestern regional center for Shito-Kai..
2000 USA Shito-Kai fields team to World Shitoryu
Championships (Tokyo, Japan)
- 2001 Jeff Bedard becomes executive director for US Chapter
2003 USA Shito-Kai fields team to World Shitoryu
Championships (Moscow, Russia)
(J. Bedard, N. Reeder, R. Anderson)
2006 USA Shito-Kai Men's Kumite Team (L. Sanchez,
R. Anderson, R. Brown,) earns bronze
award plus individual bronze in Men's Kata (K. Sato) at WSKF World Championship
2009 USA Shito-Kai repeats bronze award for Men's
Kumite Team (L. Sanchez, B. Hilliard, R. Brown, B. Oviatt) plus individual bronze in Men's Kata
(L. Sanchez) at WSKF World
Championship (Beijing, China)
- 2011 Organization changes. Shoko Sato becomes
Chairman, Daisuke SatoVice-Chairman; Douglas Dennis president, Jeff Bedard
is Secretary General.
2012 USA Shito-Kai fields team to WSKF pan-American
Championship (Gatineau, Canada).
Men's Adult Team Kumite - Bronze (B. Hilliard, J. McDaniel, G. Alfonso, R.
Men's Individual Kumite (-75kg) Gino Alfonso (Bronze)
(-65kg) Brian Hilliard
Men's Individual Kata Jonathon McDaniel (Fourth)
Men's 18-20 Individual Kata Rodolfo Rodriguez (Bronze)
Women's Individual Kumite (-68kg) Vanesa Diaz (Bronze)
2013 Midwestern region celebrates 15 year
anniversary of activity in USA Shito-Kai organization
2014 USA Shito-Kai represented at WSKF Pan American Championship in Cancun, Mexico.
USA group dominates with over 30 medals in youth and adult catagories.
2015 USA Shito-Kai (L. Sanchez) hosts pan-American Championship in Miami, Florida.
U.S. wins adult men's team kumite and overall medal count
- 2015 Organization Changes: Dr. Mario Perez becomes president. Frank Pugarita becomes Vice-President, Jeff Bedard resumes as Secretary General, Luis Sanchez becomes U.S. Technical Director
Regional Directors remain: Frank Pugarita (North East), Jeff Bedard (Midwest), Luis Sanchez (Southeast) and will serve as attache' to PSKF Olympic service committee.
Selection of Directors for Pacific and Southwest regions under consideration by Shoko Sato.
- 2016 Monterrey, Mexico - USA Shito-Kai fields it's largest delegation in history to the 8th World Shitoryu Championship.
- Men's Kumite Team earns bronze medal. (B. Hillard, D.
Cabello, G. Alfonso, D. Sauceda, D. Ashrafian, R. James)
- Individual awards:
- Danny Cabello -60kg (Silver)
- Brian Hilliard -67kg (Bronze)
- Gino Alfonso -75kg (Silver) / Open kg (Silver)
- Randall James -84kg (Bronze)
- Davood Ashrafian +84kg (Gold)
- Delegation staff members
- President - Dr. Mario Perez
- Secretary General - Jeff Bedard
- Technical Director - Luis Sanchez
- Team Coaches - Frank Pugarita, Monique Fields