Sensei Seiko Suzuki
Seiko-Kai, a branch of the Shito-Ryu style, was founded by Soke Seiko Suzuki, of Shinkoiwa Tokyo. Sensei Suzuki commenced his training in Karate in 1954 under Sensei Ryusho Sakagami. In 1957 Sensei Sakagami relocated from Tokyo to Yokohama and left Sensei Suzuki to run the Tokyo dojo. In 1963 he commenced study of Ryu Kyu Kobudo under Sensei Shinken Taira. In 1965 Sensei Sakagami presented Sensei Suzuki with his Karate-do Shihan certificate. In 1968 he was awarded 7th Dan Kyoshi in Kobudo by Sensei Shinken Taira.
Sensei Sakagami awarded him 8th Dan Hanshi in Itosu-Ryu in 1980. Subsequently in 1992, Sensei Suzuki was also awarded by the Japan Karate Rengo-Kai AN 8th Dan Hanshi certificate.
After Sensei Sakagami’s passing in 1993, Sensei Suzuki decided to form his own organization, the Suzuki-Ha Shito-Ryu Nihon Karatedo Seiko-Kai.