Bridge to the Future
Shian Toma, Judan
Okinawa Seidokan's Founder
Seidokan's founder, Master Shian Toma, was born on the island of Okinawa in 1929. He first studied Karate at the age of 16 in the mainland Japanese city of Osaka, where he lived for a year during World War II. Upon his return to Okinawa, he began to study from Shinzato Sokishi for over 20 years. Master Sokishi taught only four kata: Seisan, Sanchin, Chinto, and Bo. Sensei Toma readily admits he spent over a year learning and practicing Seisan Kata before being allowed to go on to Sanchin Kata; most of the old Okinawan masters were strict in the precise execution of kata.
During the early 1960s, Sensei Toma became affiliated with the All-Japan Karate Association, then under the guidance of Grand Master Zenryu Shimabuku. From Grand Master Shimabuku, Sensei Toma leared the majority of kata that he now practices and teaches. Thse kata include: Wansu, Ananku, Passai, Pinans 1through 5, Nahachi, Passai-Sho, Gojushijo, Sai, Tunfa, and Kama Kata.
In the mid-1960s, Sensei Toma began studying under Grand Master Seikichi Uehara. Grand Master Uehara was the head of the Motobu-Ryu system of Bu-Justsu. The Motobu-Ryu system is a little known Okinawan martial art that strongly resembles the old fighting methods of the Japanese Samurai. To the untrained eye, it resemble Aikido in its unarmed methods; however, the throwing and joint-locking techniques of Motobu-Ryu are most similar to the ancient Aiki Ju-Jutsu of Japan.
In 1984, Master Toma began his own style, known as Seidokan. Seidokan is really a mixture of several different Karate styles including Shorin-Ryu, Motobu-Ryu, and Goju-Ryu, with several other influences along the way. Shian Toma's style of Seidokan is now taught throughout Okinawa, Japan, the United States, Greece, Spain, England, and South Africa.
Shian Toma passed away on May 30, 2013, but his legacy lives on.
A message dated May 31, 2013 from our RSKKR President, Ron Nix: "On May 30, 2013 at 10:09pm, Sensei Shian Toma The Head Master of Seidokan Karate passed away peacefully. Today Akemi and I visited Sensei at his home in Awase. Sensei Toma wore his Karate Gi for the last time with the Seidokan patch shining brightly. I was very honored to call him Sensei. I will miss him deeply.....Rest In Peace my sensei......he was 83 years old."
Photo: Sensei Ron Nix, Okinawa Seidokan Karate Founder and Headmaster Shian Toma, and Sensei Akemi Nix in Okinawa, Japan, 2008