Governance – Leading Kenyukai North America into the Future
The governing body of the North American Kenyukai bears the responsibility of the maintenance and growth of this branch of Uechi Ryu karate, in North America. Also, to help fulfill the Shinjo dream of seeing Uechi Ryu Kenyukai karate spread throughout the world. The governing body, individual Senseis and dojos, all share the common purpose of developing the Kenukai brotherhood and sisterhood among its members.
Furthermore it is our desire to elevate the awareness of the Shinjo family and the Kenyukai method of Uechi Ryu karate to the historic level that it has celebrated in Okinawa since Seiyu Shinjo first became a student of Kanbun Uechi.
The position of Director of the North American Kenyukai was established by Grand Master Kiyohide Shinjo with his appointment of Kyoshi Alan Dollar.
The positions of Executive Secretary was created and filled in June, 2007 at the Kenyukai Sensei Summit as part of the 2007 Koshukai in Austin, Texas. In January 2011 Alan dollar was promoted to Senior Advisor World Kenyukai and Mike Nazar was promoted to Director, Kenyukai North America. In 2016 Manuel deSa was promoted to Director, Kenyukai North America.
We are governed by the rules and regulations established by the Kenyukai World Headquarters in Okinawa. Grand Master Shinjo makes all final decisions for the governing of the Kenyukai.