Ring any Shohei Ryu bells?
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My main question is the reference to Jizen as a teacher of Shushiwa in a list of test questions as a download on the website:
View the questions, very informative, by the way at:
Jizen - Chinese teacher of Shushiwa. He studied
at the Central Temple at Nansoye
Shushiwa (Chou Tsu) – Chinese teacher of
See also the genealogy chart in Mark Bishop, Okinawan Karate, p. 39 where Jizen is also shown as Shushiwa's teacher.
Any substance to this?
The life of Shu Shi Wu (or Chu Chi Wo) is something of a mystery, due to his probable connections with the Chinese secret societies who sought to overthrow the Ching and restore the Ming. Although Shu Shi Wa made his living by making and selling herbal medicines, he claimed to be the son of a farmer and it is believed that he had been a "priest" (using the name Sosei) at the central temple at Nansoye (or Nansei), a little to the south of Fuchou. His teacher at this "temple" is thought to have been a "priest" named Jizen and as Shu Shi Wa was at one time known to have been sought by the authorities, it has been put forward that the Nansoye Shaolin Temple was really a cover for a secret society and its history has been purposely clouded. One theory is that the temple had been built in 1768 and was actually a kind of village for society members who had fled persecution in the North.
What do we have .... a website with Shohei Ryu affiliation and a reputable text by a British author and karate researcher both coming up with the same man, Jizen, as the teacher of Shushiwa.