The Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan Budo Organization was founded on 1 October 1972 by Chief Instructor John Roseberry for the purpose of maintaining and teaching the art of Karate-do. The Organization was expanded on 1 January 1994 to include all martial arts approved by the Organization. The name was changed from the Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan Okinawan Goju-Ryu Organization to the Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan Budo Organization. By drawing from the principles of his teachers and mentors Kanryo Higashonna, Chojun Miyagi, Seikichi Toguchi, Robert Tann, Matsumoto–Sensei and others, Roseberry-Shihan organized and developed a system of teaching martial arts (budo) which has become the basis of SHO-REI-SHOBU-KAN.
Benevolence, courage, honor, and a dedication to humankind, the spirit of Bushido, form the guiding principles for this organization. Bushido is the heart of all of the modern budo. Through budo one strives to train to improve the spirit, mind, and body, while following the ways of compassion, mutual assistance, and peace. The members of the Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan Organization strive to preserve and teach this philosophy. To assist members in maintaining their commitment to these principles, the organization offers a bi–monthly newsletter, an annual convention, and seminars as requested by member dojo. In addition a directory of member dojo that includes phone numbers, addresses, and practice times is issued to allow members to keep contact with one another. The organization works to foster a feeling of family among its members by stressing the spirit that we all possess.
Founder and Chief Instructor:
John Roseberry, chief instructor, has been training in Judo and Karate since 1955. He studied Judo under Takaski Matsumoto-Sensei and Karate under Seikichi Toguchi-Sensei in Okinawa, the birthplace of Karate. He has trained at the Kodokan in Japan, as well as in China and Korea. Roseberry-Shihan teaches Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate, Kodokan Judo and Aikido. He presently holds a 9th degree black belt in Karate, 7th degree black belt in Judo and 3rd degree black belt in Aikido. Roseberry-Shihan served as an alternate to the 1964 U.S. Olympic Judo Team, was All-Marine Corps Champion seven times, All-Service Champion three times and was the only American to capture the All-Okinawan Judo Championship. He has been teaching martial arts in Lincoln Nebraska since 1969.
His dedication comes from training and discovering the answers through practice. In his schools students often hear that the answer is on the floor, and he lives this maxim He currently has students who have been with him for over twenty years practicing on a regular basis. Through his reputation and word of mouth, he has built an organization that spans the world with over 28 member dojo. He has never solicited membership--all of the member dojo have either been founded by students who have moved away from the headquarters in Lincoln and felt the need to continue to be trained by Roseberry-Shihan, or have been dojo who have heard of him, seen him work and have requested membership.