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Kinjo Sanda (1841-1926)

Born in Shuri, Kinjo Sanda was a pioneering Karate and Kobudo expert who served as personal bodyguard to the last of Okinawas reigning kings, Sho Tai, until the kings fall in 1879.

Following his service with the royal family, Kinjo was appointed Ufuchiku (police commissioner or captain) of Shuri and taught his techniques to the police force while slowly developing and perfecting his own system known as Ufuchiku Kobujutso.

He was a close friend to the well-known Karate Sensei Bushi Matsumura.