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Gichin Funikoshi (1869–1957) studied the secret fighting method of Okinawan Fighting Arts. All of us who study karate today can trace our martial arts lineage to Funikoshi. He was the man who brought the secret training to the public when he traveled to Japan and began to openly teach his karate. Funikoshi blended his Shorei and Shorin styles of karate, made some modifications and refinements, and ended up with a new and unique style. Over the years, the Shorin style traveled to Hawaii and then to the mainland United States. The Shorin style, or Shorin-ryu (the style of the little pine forest), became one of the main components in the development of Kara Ju Te Shorin -ryu.  

In 1982 a council of black belts convened to synthesize the All American System of Karate. Present at that council were Sensei Jim Schur representing American and Shotokan karate, Sensei Dan Ramirez representing American and Isshinryu karate, Sensei Milio Salgado representing American and Shorinryu karate, and Dr. Bob Pavelsky representing American and Shorin-ryu karate. During the next few months the council synthesized the All American System of Karate. Over time Senseis Schur, Ramirez and Salgado dropped out of the council and Sensei Burk and Pavelsky continued to teach and develop the All American System of Karate. In 1987 Sensei Burk, after making many refinements on the All American System of Karate, renamed his version Traditional American Karate.

By 1985 Dr. Pavelsky had worked with the All American System of Karate for three years. He had refined it and added the Budo-Ikkon philosophy to it, thus creating the Budo-Ikkon System of American Karate. The Budo-Ikkon philosophy simply recognized the ancient emphasis in karate that many of the modern schools have lost: In karate it is not whether you win or lose that is important, but how well you perfect your character; and that all schools and systems are more similar than different. Become a better person and emphasize your oneness with others and you will be a successful Karateka. 

In 1997, Dr. Pavelsky expanded the Budo Ikkon Karate Society in other directions, thereby enabling Kara Ju Te Karate and All American Karate School to stand as independent schools following the American system of martial arts.
Over the years Sensei Barreto has trained with many instructors each of who have taught different forms of martial arts. Their contributions have resulted in him becoming a well rounded martial artist. Below are four of those instructors deserving of special recognition:

Master Robert Pavelsky is a 9th degree black belt who currently holds black belt ranks in American Style Karate, Okinawan Shorin-ryu Karate and Goju Karate. In addition, he holds a certificate designating him as Shihan (master teacher). He is the founder and past director 
of two international karate organizations. The Independent Karate Schools of America and the American Karate Training Institute.

Master Aan Tan received his Shodan in Judo in 1963 from Sensei J. Makino, 5th Dan Kodokan and his Shodan in Karate Shito Ryu in 1992 from Senseis Fumio Demura and Dwight Lomayesva. He received his 7th Dan from Sensei Ken Penland in 1998. Sensei Aan Tan began teaching judo in 1985.

Master Ken Penland was a Grand Master and avid martial arts practitioner and enthusiast. He was the Chairman and founder of the International Shorinji Ryu Jujitsu Federation in addition to serving as a Director of the International Shorin Ryu Karate Kobudo Federation. He trained with Ed Parker in Kenpo Karate, Harley S. Reagan in Judo and Jujitsi, Grand master Fusei Kise in Kenshinkan Shorin Ryu Karate and Kobudo and Grand Master Yuichi Kuda of the Shorin Ryu Matusumura Kempo Karate Association. During his martial arts career, he attained the rank of Hanshi 10th Dan, the highest rank in Jujitsu and 9th Dan in Okinawa Shorin Ryu Karate and Okinawa Kobudo.

Master Gene LeBell has spent over sixty years training in the martial arts. Known as “Judo Gene LeBell”, he is the master of grappling and finishing holds. Sensei LeBell has one of the most diverse systems in the martial arts. Due to his policy of welcoming other styles into his dojo and stressing cross training, many schools and martial artists have benefited from his vast array of knowledge.
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