|Perhaps the most humble of Chojun Miyagi's students - Seikichi Kinjo sensei|
|Kinjo sensei with his teacher and seniors (back row, far right)|
Kinjo sensei never did head an organisation, but that didn't stop him training his whole life from the age of sixteen. Born in May 1933, he became a student of Miyagi sensei in 1949. After his teacher's death he followed Eiichi Miyazato sensei, only withdrawing from his Jundokan dojo several years after Miyazato sensei passed away in December 1999. I had the absolute pleasure of receiving instruction from Kinjo sensei on many occasions and was always struck by his deep sense of humility.
After training this morning I found myself thinking of Kinjo sensei, and as I did, the words of Abraham Lincoln came to mind..."If you want to test a mans character, give him power." Kinjo sensei could have built himself an empire, but he didn't, he could have made a big fuss about his connection to Chojun Miyagi, but he didn't. He could have made buckets of money handing out belts and titles to those who are hungry for them, but he never did that either.
Regardless of what you think you know or who you got it from, when it comes to teaching karate, nothing surpasses teaching by example!