Shito-Ryu Karate is one of the four primary styles of traditional Japanese karate now practiced worldwide.
Kenwa Mabuni, a descendant of the warrior class that served Okinawan lords for hundreds of years, originated Shito-Ryu in 1928. Mabuni began his martial arts training at the age of 13, studying under the highest ranking karate instructors of his time, Yasutsune Itosu of Shuri and Kanyro Higaonna of Naha.
Shuri-te as taught by Itosu Sensei (teacher) emphasized speed, whereas Naha-te as taught by Higaonna Sensei emphasized power and body hardening. Mabuni blended the teachings of these two instructors to create Shito-Ryu Karate. Known for its combination of quickness and power, Shito-Ryu is considered one of the most versatile systems of Japanese karate. Mabuni Sensei became one of the leading masters of his time and passed his system of karate along to several senior students, who, upon his death worked to propagate Shito-ryu. One of his most senior students, Ryusho Sakagami, became a noted master in his own right.