Soke Crando (Kazuo) Saito

The Soke of SHINBUKAN AUSTRALIA, Mr Crando (Kazuo) Saito, has had extensive experience in traditional Japanese martial arts since 1957 and is currently the highest ranking 10th Dan Karate Master in Australia.

 

Soke Saito is the 16th Grandmaster of Igaryu Ninjutsu, Grandmaster of Goju-Ryu Karate Do, 7th Dan Master of Shintoryu Iai-Do, Isshinryu Aiki-Jujutsu Soshi and has also reached Hanshi 8th dan Sports Chanbara (weapons combat) and Hanshi 8th dan in Tameshigiri Iaido. Soke Saito is also an ordained Shingon Buddhist Monk and Abbott.

 

Some of the masters that Soke Saito has studied with are:
 

  • Seiko Fujita (14th Soke-Koga Ryu Ninjustu)

  • Heishichiro Okuse (15th Soke-Iga Ryu Ninjutsu)

  • Gogen Yamaguchi (Goju Kai)

  • Shuji Tasaki (Goju Ryu Seiwa Kai)

  • Gonnohye Yamamoto (Goju Ryu I.K.O.)

  • Akio Takahashi (Goju Ryu Kenwa Kai)

  • Takeshi Mochizuki (Shinto Ryu Iai Batto Jutsu and Isshin Ryu Aiki Ju Jutsu)

  • Tetsundo Tanabe (Tameshigiri Iaido and Goshindo)

 

In 1995 Soke Saito was awarded Blitz Magazine Hall of Fame Ninjutsu Instructor of the year.

 

Soke Saito has also dedicated a large amount of time to the study of various schools of Japanese Buddhism and currently holds the following position of Ajari (Abbott) of Koyasan Shingo-Shu.

 

This letter is to certify that I, Shihan Yamamoto Gonnohyoe have awarded Mr. Crando Saito, the Abbott of Seizanji Temple, Hanshi 10th Dan in the Tradition of Goju Ryu Karate.