Sunday, September 9, 2012

Masayuki Shimabukuro Hanshi (1948 - 2012)

It is with great sadness that I learned that Masayuki Shimabukuro Hanshi passed last Saturday September 8. 

Masayuki Hidenobu Shimabukuro Hanshi was born in March 1948 in Osaka, Japan and began his sword training in 1975 under the direct supervision of Miura Takeyuki Hidefusa, Hanshi, 20th generation Grand'Master of Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu.

As International Chairman of the Nippon Kobudo Jikishin-kai under Miura Hanshi, and for the Iai-do and Batto-do divisions of the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai,Shimabukuro Sensei was in charge of the dissemination of authentic Eishin-ryu Samurai swordsmanship outside of Japan.

Masayuki Shimabukuro Hanshi was ranked 8th dan in Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iaijutsu, 8th dan Shito-ryu Karate-do, 7th dan in Shindo Muso-Ryu Jojutsu and he held the title of Hanshi - the highest title one can achieve in the Traditional Japanese Martial Arts - in both Iaido and Karate-do.

Demonstration Venezuela 2007

Not all Masters are nice. Shimabukuro Hanshi was a wonderful person. I only met him in 3 occasions, and - beside his technical expertise - I was deeply impressed by his human qualities : kindness, humility and patience. He was also a good cook !

All of us his students will deeply miss him. 

The best way to now honor his memory is to train hard, improve our practice and polish our spirits to continue the transmission of the Art he was teaching us. 

With deepest bows...



Frederic Lecut said...

Posted by Elliston ROshi

Dear Jiryu-san,
Deep condolences for your loss. I feel this is a heartfelt and eloquent remembrance and tribute.
However - and this is not a criticism, but a teaching - in a way it is improper to grieve overly for these great masters. Death was a normal part of their lives, and they may have been OK with it, perhaps even welcomed it, when it came. Please see Huineng's comments about his impending death in The Platform Sutra. I have suffered terrible grief for the loss of a pet cat, or my own biological father, but could feel no real grief at Matsuoka-Roshi's passing. It would somehow have been inappropriate.
Post if you wish...

Frederic Lecut said...

I fully agree Sensei. THe loss is sad because Hanshi was a good person, and I wish I could have learned more from him, but Now that he is gone, grief won't bring him back, but I can try, with my little abilities, to transmit what I got from him.