Saiko Shihan Tamano

Saiko Shihan Tamano was born on September 14, 1942 in Tokyo, Japan. After having studied several martial arts, he joined Shorei-Kan Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate school in 1960 headed by Master Seikichi Toguchi. Upon graduating from a university in Tokyo with an architectural degree, Shihan Tamano decided to devote his life to spread Shorei-Kan Karate to the occidental people and went to the U.S. in 1969.

After 13 years in New York City, he and his family moved to Milan, Italy in order to teach art in Europe. At present moment, they reside in Oleans, France and supervise the organization of Shorei-Kan Europe.

Along with Karate, Shihan Tamano also studied Okinawan Kobudo with Master Shimpo Matayoshi (the headmaster of Kingairyu style) and in the later years with Master Eisuke Akamine (the headmaster of Taira style). After having taught the art of Kobudo in New York for years, he found that the teaching method of the art, which he learned from his Okinawan masters, was not yet well developed. Consequently, he has created an instructional system and call it "Shorei-Kai" Okinawan Kobudo System." Shihan Tamano teaches the art throughout the world and is the author of several books and articles and videos on Karate and Kobudo.

Master Tamano , successor of the Shorei-Kan created Shorei-Kai International after the passing of Master Toguchi to unite all of the components of Shorei-kan. They include Shorei-Kan Karate, Shorei-Kai Kobudo, Daruma Taiso and most recently Shiai Kumite.
Master Kanryo Higashionna (1840-1910)
Master Chojun Miyagi (1888-1953)
Master Seko Higa
Seikichi Toguchi (Headmaster) (1917 - 1998)
Shihan Toshio Tamano (8th Dan)

Shihan Scott Lenzi (7th Dan)