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Yoshinao Nanbu was born in 1943 in Kobe , Japan . His grandfather was a well known sumo fighter, his father was a fighter and teacher of judo, and his uncle was a teacher of kendo. Therefore Yoshinao Nanbu also started to practice martial arts at an early age. He started to practice judo at the age of five, and he started with kendo when he entered the school. He later started to learn karate and aikido at master Someka. When he was 18 he entered a faculty of economics and started to study shukokai at master Tani. Under Tani's leadership he made good progress and won the competition of Japan University in 1962 where 1250 competitors participated. He was invited to France in 1964 and he participated on International karate cup of Cannes . He won. After the competition he stood in France . He helped and development of karate in France and was promoting shukokai. In that time, when he was travelling and leading seminars a lot, he got an idea of his own style. In 1968 he returned to Japan on the clash of all great masters of martial arts where he realized his idea. Shortly after that he returned to France in performed first demonstration of SANKUKAI in Paris in 1971. After that he went to a tour around Europe performing demonstrations and seminars and expanding SANKUKAI. In 1975 he came to Yugoslavia and had a seminar in Zagreb .

SANKUKAI karate was created with combining of principles and techniques of aikido, judo, shito ryu karate and shukokai karate. The symbols of SANKUKAI are three circles: two red and one white. They represent Earth, Moon, and Son, three elements always harmonically involved in their cosmic dance. This symbol also represents the main idea of SANKUKAI karate, which is establishing harmonic relationship with the enemy and usage of enemy's force against himself by the means of escapes, round blocks, punches and kicks. This is the idea of most other martial arts, but is often neglected in practice because of its difficulty. The quality of SANKUKAI karate is that this idea is represented and feasible for most students already after some years of study. Unlike shukokai, SANKUKAI is not mainly intended for kumite. Techniques for self-defence and for a real combat are strongly emphasized. Stances in SANKUKAI are high and short with the hands in kaisho, like in shito ryu and shukokai. Blows are performed with the principle of shock with single or double hip swing. At practicing and fighting round blows are often used. In defence they are used in the combination with escape and round block. In attack they are used in series of blows or at changing of attack direction. Another property of SANKUKAI karate is also a practice with partner. Techniques are not performed individually like in most styles. Working in pairs is what students are encouraged to do from their very beginning of practicing SANKUKAI karate. This way we are learning how to adapt ourselves to the enemy and how to use his force and power.

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