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Gensei-ryū (玄制流) is a karate style with roots in Shuri-te, one of the three original karate styles of Okinawa Japan. It was developed by Seiken Shukumine (1925-2001) who combined classic techniques with his own innovations thus developing the special characteristics of Gensei-ryū. The name Gensei-ryū was first used in 1953. In Japanese the name consists of three different characters (kanji):玄制流.

The first is gen (玄) and means 'mysterious', 'occult', and 'universe' but also 'a subtle and deep truth'. The second is sei (制) and translates to 'control', 'system', 'law' or 'rule' but also 'creating a form.' The last is ryū (流, ryū) which simply means 'style' or 'school.' The combination of gensei (玄制) could be translated as 'to control the universe', but is interpreted by members of the school to mean something like "to pursue the deep truth and making it clear through the form," which can be regarded physically as well as spiritually.

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