Timothy Snyder began teaching the Korean martial art of Tae Kwon Do in 1971.
In 1979, dissatisfied with the practicality of Tae Kown Do, he began
training in the Okinawan style of karate known as Pan Gai Noon Ryu
under Nishiuchi Mikio, then of Omaha, Nebraska. He also studied
Matayoshi-style kobudo, receiving his first through fourth degree
blackbelts in kobudo from Zen Okinawa Kobudo Renmei under Matayoshi
Shinpo of Naha City, Okinawa, Japan. By 1981, Snyder was teaching
Pan Gai Noon Ryu karate and Matayoshi-style kobudo.
In 1996, Snyder began training directly with Kinjo Takashi, then
teaching Pan Gai Noon Ryu but later founder of Koburyu. Snyder has
earned kyoshi (special honors) eighth degree black belt in karate
and kobudo from Kinjo Takashi. In 2002, Kinjo appointed Snyder the U.S. head
of Okinawa Koburyu Karatedo Kobudo Kobukai, the Koburyu martial
arts organization. Snyder now heads a group of dojo's in the U.S.
under the name Sei Shin Kan, meaning Honesty Truth Place. Snyder
sponsors yearly trips to the U.S. by Kinjo Takashi for seminars.
Periodically he takes groups of students to Kinjo's international
headquarters in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan, for training. Only Snyder
and his member dojo's are authorized to teach Koburyu in the U.S.
No other U.S. martial arts instructors have authorization from Kinjo
Takashi to use his name or claim to practice his style or techniques.
Visit the Sei Shin Kan Karate Dojo website http://www.lincolnkarateschool.com/