Hanshi, 10th Dan
Sensei Seikichi Iha was born in Nishihara City, Okinawa on July 9, 1932. Sensei learned karate from his uncle until 1950, when he was accepted as a student of Shinpan Gusukuma. While with Gusukuma, Sensei learned the importance of conditioning the body through body contact and using the makiwara board, concepts that have been passed on to all of Iha's students.
Sensei remained there for four years, until Gusukuma's death in 1954. Iha met Katsuya Miyahira in 1954 and was soon accepted as a student. By 1963, Sensei had achieved the rank of godan (5th degree black belt). At that time, Sensei began to travel extensively, promoting the art of Shorin-Ryu in the Phillipines, Los Angeles and Lansing, Michigan, where he has been teaching at the Original Okinawan Karate Dojo since 1975.
On March 25, 2001, Seikichi Iha was promoted to Hanshi, Judan (10th degree black belt) by Grand Master Katsuya Miyahira, making him the highest ranking Okinawan residing in the United States. His rank is certified by the Okinawa Shorin-ryu Karate-do Association.
For more information on Sensei Iha, please visit his website.