Grand Master, Hanshi 10th Dan
Miyahira Sensei: "Now the Japanese call it kobayashi style
but that is incorrect...but that is all right because only people who
do not know Okinawan karate will call it by that name. Since they
do not know, you must gently remind them or the Okinawan people will
laugh at their ignorance. After all, it is funny. Many
foreign people call it kobayashi shorin-ryu; that is just like saying
shorin shorin-ryu. It doesn't make much sense."
MAXIMS...by Grand Master Miyahira:
GOURI: Reason, Reasonable, Rationality.Biography and Okinawan karate history.
activity, each movement and pause in life's road should be preceded by
and accompanied with reasonable and profound meditation, conscious of
one's actual position and future in the community. Secondly, one
should identify one's objectives and strengths and search for the
universal truth in each idea or problem.
GOUHO: Legal or True Form.
process of reasonable and profound meditation must take into account
the laws established by society and life. One must also remember
the laws of nature that govern the life of the universe. This is
to say, the laws of our society must be legitimately obtained and
legally provided so that one can follow them to the best of one's
strength and ability.
KIYOSON: Cooperation, Association, Union.
that I have said previously may have no meaning if it is not valued or
appreciated by our society. To be valued and appreciated, it must
benefit the people in general and the individual in particular.
Individual progress is good because it advances your social group, as a
whole, to a higher state. It is also necessary to unite others,
to help them and to mutually cooperate by adapting individual interest
to the betterment of the whole.
KIYOYEI: Fellowship, Friendship.
is evident that one should strive to create a community that exhibits
frankness, fellowship and friendship; to form a society of men and
women with positive thoughts and feelings to bring about a peaceful and
Synopsis of Miyahira Sensei's background.