Shihan Ted Rabino 7th Dan World Shitoryu Karatedo Federation
As published in Master Magazine - KARATE MASTERS, Shihan T.Rabino has been training in Martial Arts since 1968. Initially in Judo under the direction of Sensei K Watenabe in Phoenix, Arizona. As many filipino families arriving the 1930's - 1940's throughout the U.S.A. majority were migrant workers. My father Cayetano Rabino was an Army veteran assisting in the WW2 war campaign and proud father, raising a family as a single parent in Arizona.
All of the family worked in the fields as migrant workers, and off season at the japanese flower gardens in Phoenix, Arizona, The fields were owned and operated by the Watenabe family. Sensei Watenabe was a Judo-ka (Judo player) Yudansha (high rank holder). The Watenabe family bought our family or first judo keiko gi (practice uniform). I trained and achieved a black belt in Kodokan Judo.
As published in Master Magazine - SHITORYU KARATE MASTERS, Shihan T.Rabino. In 1971 I began my training in Okinawan Karate (Shuri-ryu) under Sensei Robert Trias in Phoenix, Arizona. My brother Pete Rabino was one of the first Chief Instructors in the USKA the oldest U.S.A. karate organization founded and directed by Sensei R.Trias. I Continued my training until Sensei Trias asked me to seek out a traditional Karate system other than Shuri-ryu. I was directed to Sensei Fumio Demura (Itosu Kai Shito-ryu), and Sensei Bayani Adlawan (Motobu Ha Shito-ryu), I went the Motobu Ha route tested up to my 3rd Dan and continued, even training with the founders son Soke Shogo Kuniba and acquired a 4th Dan. In the early 1980's it was a custom to train and test for a black belt before training in any Kobudo system. I trained in Kobayashi-ryu under Sensei S.Oyakawa (Ryukyu Kobudo/Taira based Kobudo), and Matsubayashi-ryu under Sensei Toshihiro Oshiro (Yamanni-ryu Bo-jutsu). Due to the untimely death of Soke Shogo Kuniba and political power struggles I searched for another Shito-ryu system which was traditional in customs, ryu-ha (style) and close to the founder Mabuni,Kenwa Soke.
I searched and met with Sensei Sam Moledzki in San Diego, California at a karate tournament held by Sensei Miki Minobu. I was also introduced to Shihan Kunio Murayama WSKF 8th Dan and protege of Iwata, Manzo Hanshi. Iwata, Manzo Hanshi was the close protege to Soke Kenwa Mabuni. I initially started with Shito-Kai Murayama in 1999 which was my probation year before being accepted. I am currently the U.S.A. representative for Shihan Kunio Murayama & Kaicho Genzo Iwata.
Competing in JKA (Japan Karate Association), USAKF (United States of America Karate Federation) AAU (American Amateur Union) karate league in 1980 - 2010. All state, regional and national competition. Students have also competed in these organizations also, additionally with the USANKF (United States of America National Karate Federation) and WKF & WSKF.
We have schools throughout the U.S.A. California, Washington, Texas, Ohio, Florida, Illinois and Missouri. Constantly growing teaching traditional Shito-ryu Karate-do as taught by Shihan Kunio Murayama and Kaicho Genzo Iwata.
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Shihan T.Rabino - WSKF 7th Dan