Japan Karatedo Hayashiha Shitoryukai is the only organization recognized and authorized by the Japan Karate-Do Federation (JKF) to teach and promote certified ranks in the karatedo style of "Hayashi-ha Shito-ryu." Persons and/or organizations not affiliated with Japan Karatedo Hayashiha Shitoryukai are not permitted to use the term "Hayashi-ha Shito-ryu" or to teach, test or promote rank in "Hayashi-ha Shito-ryu." Other organizations stating a connection to Hayashi-ha Shito-ryu exist, but represent older versions of the style and cannot claim currency or legitimate succession to the style created and taught by the late Soke Teruo Hayashi.
Japan Karatedo Hayashiha Shitoryukai maintains exclusive rights to Hayashi-ha Shito-ryu and Okinawa Kobudo Kenshinryu. The use of the terms Hayashi-ha Shito-ryu and Okinawa Kobudo Kenshinryu and/or Kenshinryu Kobudo in whole or in part by persons and/or organizations not affiliated with Japan Karatedo Hayashiha Shitoryukai is not recognized or authorized.
The Japan Karatedo Hayashiha Shitoryukai and Okinawa Kobudo Kenshinryu insignia are property of Japan Karatedo Hayashiha Shitoryukai. As such, both insignia are featured in the patch of the Hayashi-ha Shito-ryu Karate-Do and Okinawa Kobudo Kenshinryu. Other organizations that have incorporated the Hayashi-ha Shito-ryu and Kenshinryu Kobudo emblems into their logo have done so without permission and must cease use of these insignia immediately.
Non-affiliated organizations, dojo, and individuals should not display photographs of Soke Teruo Hayashi in their dojo or on their website to imply legitimacy.
Students who have gained rank by unaffiliated persons and/or organizations, their rank is not authorized and is not recognized. Students who want to obtain a certified "Hayashi-ha Shito-ryu" rank, recognized as legitimate by Japan Karate-Do Federation (JKF) and Japan Karatedo Hayashiha Shitoryukai should contact us for the name and address of a legitimate Hayashi-Ha Shito-ryu dojo to train at.
Any concerns about misrepresentations and/or questions about legitimacy, or questions about the application process to join our organization, should be directed to the attention of Japan Karatedo Hayashiha Shitoryukai, Osaka, Japan.