The Sandai Soke (Third Soke) or headmaster of Seito Shito-Ryu is Miwako Mabuni. She is the eldest of Kenzo Mabuni's two daughters. She assumed the position of Soke Tsukasa Mabuni after her father's death and with the full approval and support of the Saiko Shihan Kai (Head Council of Teachers).
A few words from our new Soke...
My name is Tsukasa Mabuni. My grandfather was Kenwa Mabuni, the founder of Shito-Ryu. My father, Kenzo Mabuni, succeeded as the 2nd Soke of Shito-Ryu when my grandfather passed away in 1952.
Continuing with Budo tradition, I have succeeded the role of 3rd Soke of Shito-Ryu, upon the recent passing of my father.
The organization of Shito-Ryu International Karate-do Kai will continue on with the same objectives. I urge all Shito-Ryu Karate-ka worldwide to support the organization which my grandfather founded. The same organization which my father developed as an international entity teaching Seito, or authentic, Shito-Ryu.
I met many of you at the 2005 Shito-Ryu International Championships in Osaka in July 2005. I look forward to meeting you all again, and meeting those I did not see this year, sometime soon in the future.