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Sato Kinbei

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Sato Kinbei(1925-1999)
Introduction by Sato Kinbei
There seems to be a resurgence of interest in traditional martial arts recently, something I think is a very good trend. Vicissitudes accompany the change of ages. As in the words of the I Ching, heat and cold come and pass, engendering the four seasons. But though the seasons change perpetually, the years remain constant. I have always sought that which does not change with the seasons, that which is constant in the midst of constant flux. In this pursuit, I have expanded my studies from Jujustu, to Chinese martial arts, to chin-na, to pressure points, to chi-gung, and finally to Taoism. Anybody can learn to combine the techniques of reversals, throws, locks, thrusts, and kicks. The integration of my jujustu with chi-na and other martial arts is slowly coming to fruition, and its completion as a method for bare-handed fighting or with weapons is near. The greatest truth about Eastern martial arts is that they transcend mere methods for battle to become paths for knowledge of the world and oneself. Jujutsu and Chinese martial arts make up the path that I have pursued and that have guided my life.
(from Yawara to Ken to Michi, by Sato Kinbei)

Sato Kinbei's History

Born in 1925 in Fukushima prefecture, Japan. Graduated from Tohoku University Department of Medicine with Ph.D. in medicine. Master of Traditional Japanese Martial Arts, 4th generation lineage holder in Ba Gua Zhang. Interested in martial arts since childhood. Has been teaching arrest techniques to police officers at Japan Police College since 1954. Opened up his own dojo in Itabashi, Tokyo in 1958 which is still active today. Positions held include Chairman of the All Japan Chinese Martial Arts Federation, Head of Japanese Daiwa-do Strategy Headquarters, Honorary Chairman of the Beijing Ba Gua Zhang Research Society, Honorary Advisor to the Eastern Chi Gung Society (Beijing), and Advisor to the Beijing Martial Chi Gung Society. Published titles include Tai Chi Chuan, Ba Gua Zhang, Hsing I Chuan, Shaolin Boxing, Chi Gung, A History of Chinese Martial Arts, Practical Ba Gua Zhang, Practical Chin-na, Practical Pressure Points, and Yawara to Ken to Michi, as well as numerous essays. He died in 1999 at Tokyo.


Proficient Arts
Sato Kinbei is proficient in and licensed to teach the following arts:

Japanese:
Daito-ryu Aiki Jujutsu, Araki Shin-ryu Jujutsu, Itten Ryushin Tyukai-ryu Jujutsu (Isshin-ryu, Ryushin Tyukai-ryu, Tenshin Shin Yo-ryu), Yagyu Shingan-ryu Heijutsu, Asayama Ichiden-ryu Taijustu, Kyuki Shin-ryu Bojutsu, Takagi Yo Shin-ryu Jujustu, Gikan-ryu Koppo, Takeda-ryu Aiki-no-Jutsu, and Kageyama-ryu Kenjutsu.

Chinese:
Hsing I Chuan, Ba Ji Chuan, Ba Gua Zhang, Chen Pan-Ling Tai Chi Chuan, White Crane, and Fu Jian Province Shaolin Golden Hawk. Of particular note, Sato Kinbei is the only 4th generation Ba Gua Zhang lineage holder in Japan. About of the Different Kinds of Jujutsu Sato Kinbei has Learned