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SOKE KUBOTA – A LEGEND IN KARATE

Soke Kubota, a name synonymous with karate can be counted as one of the few living legends of karate. Soke Kubota, one of the very few holding 10th dan (highest attainable rank), is the founder of Gosoku- Ryu, a style propagated under his International Karate Association (I.K.A).

Soke Kubota was born in Kumamoto Japan on 20th September 1934. His initial training was by his father Denjiro Kubota at the tender age of four years. He has trained under many of the most influential instructors of his time including Toyama, Kanken. Master Kubota also holds black belt ranking in Judo, Aikido and Kendo.

One of the greatest contribution of master Kubota is that he has adapted the traditional martial arts like karate judo, jujitsu, Aikido with the modern needs of the society by creating his style Gosoku-Ryu .Gosoku-Ryu meaning hard and Fast, has been created after studying various styles and incorporating the strengths and addressing the weaker points of various other styles of Karate.

 

While he was teaching and training the Kamata Police Department, to prove and test the effectiveness of his techniques, Master Kubota involved and participated himself in every sort of dangerous real life situations in the crime infested streets of Japan, through which he was able to practically study, refine, test these techniques against the Japan’s most dangerous adversaries. So, one can say that Gosoku-Ryu karate has been practically tested and proven on the streets, before being taught in dojo.

The knowledge and techniques proven on tough testing grounds have immensely benefited Police department around the world and often he is called up on to train and teach the law enforcement agencies around the world. In 1989, Grand Master was bestowed with the title of Soke, that is, creator of a new and unique and internationally recognized style of karate. In the word “Gosoku-Ryu”, “Go”means power, “Soku” means with speed, “Ryu” is style. It is literally translated as the style of karate with great power and speed. It combines the power of Shotokan karate with the speed of Goju-Ryu. The combination of two styles along with momentum-generating footwork unique to Gosoku- Ryu, makes it a very unique and powerful style of martial art.

Master Kubota is best known for the invention of “Kubotan Key chain”, a small 5” long plastic rod with a key ring attached. It is a small self-defense weapon invented by Master Kubota to be used by undercover Los Angeles Police Department officers. Master Kubota specializes in the teaching of law-enforcement control and restraint techniques and has taught in over 34 countries world-wide.

He is also an expert in the use of the PR-24 side handle baton and has instructed many police department personnel in its use. Most recently, he has taught police forces in Italy in the use of telescoping police baton which has risen to popularity due to its compact size.

Master Kubota’s Gosoku- Ryu style over the last 60 years has gained wide spread public acceptance as a recognized karate style and is complete with over 40 katas (forms) unique to the style that have been developed by Master Kubota. He also has complete weapons system and also teaches a variant of jujitsu known as “Kubojitsu” which was spawned from the control and restraint techniques taught by him to the law enforcement.

Soke Kubota has the headquarters of his I.K.A in Glendale, California. He has over 50 black belts that have attained their black belt rank in Glendale and he has many students with over 20 years of training who train and teach on a regular basis. He also has many  classes for children and believes that karate training is extremely useful to teach respect, self –discipline and confidence to children.

Soke Kubota is a multi faceted personality having appeared in movies, T.V shows and commercials. His recent film credits include “Fast and Furious3”, “Pearl Harbor” and “Black Rain”. He has written well over a dozen books on Gosoku-Ryu Karate, Kubotan and baton techniques.

Even after achieving so much Master Kubota still says
“ My evolution as a martial artist is an on- going thing. I am always trying to get better”.
This expression alone makes him a true Living Legend in Karate.

International Gosoku-Ryu Karate-Do Association

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