The Shorinjiryu Kenkokan school of Karatedo system was orginated by Shinan Masayoshi Kori Hisataka. The following is a brief history of the founder's history as taken from both written and oral traditions.
Shinan Masayoshi Kori Hisataka (Seiki Kudaka in Okinawan) was born on April 22, 1907 in Naha City, (Shuri) Okinawa and died on August 13, 1988 in Tokyo, Japan. He was born of lesser nobility and his family was awarded an island off Okinawa.

As a youth, he began his studies with Ankoh Asato. Shortly, thereafter, he studied weaponry with Ufuchiku Kanegushiku (Sanda KinJo) - a rather interesting personality in Okinawa.

His main instructor, however, was Chotoku Kyan (Kitake in Japanese), who was one of the greatest Okinawan masters and whose favorite techniques included a side steps or forward in movements followed by immediate counter-attacks all executed with great speed and body shifting.

This very basic theory of taisabaki is a cornerstone of all the Shorinjiryu schools of karatedo. 
  
Wishing to Improve his skills, he returned to China where he mastered Shorinjiryu-Kempo and delved into Pa Kua Chuan.
During the 1930's, and while in the armed forces he traveled throughout Thailand, Korea, Burma, Afghanistan, Russia and Mongolia. He reportedly
trained extensively and demonstrated his skills of karate-do at various tournaments and exhibitions.
After the war and with the news that his instructor Master Kyan passed away, Kori Hisataka had the alternative to establish a new school in Fukuoka Prefecture on Kyushu or remain with other dojo mates (it is reported that he was even asked to become one of Miyagi's dojo instructors). What he chose to do was to form the Kenkokan School of Shorinjiryu of Karatedo acknowledging and reflecting his two main sources of knowledge - Shorinryu and Shorinjiryu Kempo.

An interesting bit of information is that Shinan Kori Hisataka was invited to demonstrate his style In Japan in the same manner as Funakoshi. As a result of the knowledge which he gained through years of practice and practical application, Kori Hisataka realized that individualism must be acknowledged in the dojo.

Stress was placed upon the full follow through of techniques, thereby creating greater torque. The use of the heel and the tate ken or vertical fist for added strength, safety and natural movement was instituted - the vertical fist first being was used in China and then in Tomari, Okinawa. Yakusoku kumite or prearranged fighting forms proved an effective training tool allowing for delivery of techniques, evasive moves and body control while maintaining safety.

And, finally, he insisted upon the use of bogu or armor. The use of protective equipment proved to be an excellent method of preventing injury while allowing for full contact. Most schools dropped such equipment during World War II, as the costs were extremely prohibitive, yet Shinan Kori Hisataka maintained this effective training tool. The anzen bogu or safety armor used today, is used by all Shorinjiryu schools
 

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