Seisho Arakaki (1840–1918)
Seisho Arakaki (1840–1918)

Seisho Arakaki was born in 1840 in either Kumemura, on Okinawa Island, or on the nearby island of Sesoko. He was an official in the royal court of Ryukyu, and as such held the title of Chikudon Peichin, which denoted a status similar to that of the samurai in Japan. His only recorded instructor from this period was Wai Xinxian from Fuzhou, a city in the Fujian province.
Arakaki influenced other martial artists, such as Kanryo Higaonna, Chojun Miyagi, Gichin Funakoshi, Kanbun Uechi, Kanken Toyama, Kenwa Mabuni, and Tsuyoshi Chitose.
Arakaki did not develop any specific style himself, however, his techniques and Kata are seen in several Karate and Kobudo styles to this day.


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