Special Anniversary Event
Matsuhiko Shingu, Former Chairman of the Assembly of Fukuoka Prefecture, Chairman of the Sekiryukan and 5th Dan, Kodokan Judo. He was a student of Shusaku Shitama Sensei, 15th headmaster of Sosuishi-ryu.
Takayoshi Shinohara, vice chairman of the Sekiryukan and 6th Dan, Kodokan Judo. He was a student of Master Shusaku Shitama, 15th headmaster of Sosuishi-ryu.
Master Manzo Shitama, 16th headmaster of Sosuishi-ryu Jujutsu and Kancho (manager) of the infamous Sekiryukan with over 350 years of history. Shitama Sensei has been training in Jujutsu, Judo and Aikido for over 55 years. The Fukuoka government has designated him as an "Intangible Cultural Treasure" of Fukuoka, Japan.
Masaki Inoue Sensei, member of Tokubetsu-kaiin (board of directors) of the Sekiryukan. He was a student of Master Shusaku Shitama, 15th headmaster of Sosuishi-ryu.
Masakezu Yokoyama Sensei, Sekiryukan member, 5th Dan Kodokan Judo. While in New York he won the gold medal in judo at the World Police Fire Games held at the Javitts Center in Manhattan.
Shusaku Shitama, son of Manzo Shitama Sensei. He is the future headmaster of Sosuishi-ryu Jujutsu. He is also a yudansha of Kodokan Judo.
Master Tsuyoshi Uechi, 8th Dan, Isshin-ryu Karate-do, has been training for over 36 years. He is the president of the Isshin-ryu Okinawa Traditional Karate-do Association and the current representative of Isshin-ryu Karate-do to the Okinawa Rengokai (All Okinawan Traditional Karate and Kobudo Association).
From New York
Moto Eguchi Sensei, 8th Dan Kodokan Judo, formally of Fukuoka now residing and teaching judo in the USA for the past 44 years.
Kiyoshi Shina Sensei, 8th Dan Kodokan Judo, formally of Tokyo. He was the first judo teacher in the New York area in 1960. He has a dojo in Brooklyn and has also been teaching at St. Johns University for many years.
From New Jersey
Yoshi Fleming, wife of the late Nelson Fleming who introduced Sosuishi-ryu to the USA in 1963.