Kanryo Higaonna (1853-1915)
Hiragana trained in Okinawa-te (the name given to Okinawan martial arts at the time) and then ventured to China where he trained for 13 years. He returned to Okinawa and developed a style ‘Naha-te’. The kata he taught were a combination of Okinawa-te principles and Chinese Kung fu. One of the many kata he taught was Shisochin.
Chogun Miyagi (1888-1953)
Chogun was one of the two key students of Kanryo Higaonna. Shicochin became Miyagi’s favourite kata as it ‘suited his body’.
Gogen Yamaguchi (1909-1989)
Gogen Yamaguchi was already a reputable karate-ka of Goju before he met its founder (Chogun Miyagi) around 1930. Miyagi became so impressed with Yamaguchi that he made him his successor for Goju in Japan.
While many karate styles incorporate Shisochin, GKR derives its version from Japanese Goju (not the more kung-fu appearing Okinawan Goju Shisochin