The founder of Shorin-ryu Seibukan Karate-do was Hanshi Zenryo Shimabukuro (1909 – 1969). He was one of the chosen students of the world renowned Karate Grandmaster Chotoku Kyan and trained under him for 10 long years before teaching Karate in Public Schools. In 1962 he built his own dojo ‘Seibukan’ which means Holy Art School (Sei – Holy, Bu – Art, Kan – School) at Jagaru, Okinawa. Hanshi Zenryo Shimabukuro was one of the most highly respected teachers of his time and in recognition he was awarded the Red Belt by the All Japan Karate-do Federation in 1964.
When Zenryo Shimabukuro passed away in 1969, his son Zenpo Shimabukuro took over reins of the International Okinawan Shorin-ryu Seibukan Karate-do Association (IOSSKA). At present Hanshi Zenpo Shimabukuro (10th Dan black belt) is the Supreme Instructor & Technical Director and President of the IOSSKA which has branch dojos in over 18 foreign countries.
Seibukan dojo in India was founded in 1975 at Chennai and first kerala dojo in 1976 by Sensei P.Kuppusamy (19xx – 2011). Sensei P. Kuppusamy was considered one of the best karate instructors of his time. It was under his stewardship that many dojos where opened at various places throughout the country. Seibukan Karate-do became so popular that by 1980 there were 28 dojos in Kerala itself with strength of about 3000 students.