Soke Hugo Yasuo Sosa




Successor of World Union Budo Sosa-Kai


Hugo was born in Guatemala,on April 22,1961,he was the fifth born of the sixth children of Daishi Jorge Sosa Sr.,Founder of World Union Budo Sosa-kai.Because of his father,he was involved in Karate at the age of five years old.


Besides training in karate,Ruy-kyu Kobudo,Ninpo,Taijutsu and Iaido,with Daishi Jorge Sosa Sr.,Hugo also trained Kendo and Judo.


In 1975,as a teenager,he was trained with Daishi Nobuyoshi Murata at Mexico,he often accompanied his father on his numerous training trips,and on many occasions he participated in Shito-ryu Karatedo demonstrations.






During his Young years Hanshi Hugo Sosa trained with several Japanese Master;Hanshi Ken ei Mabuni,Nobuyoshi Murata,Shoko Sato.


When his father suddenly passed away on September 7,2012 Hugo Sosa bécame his soke (successor),and he inherited both Presidency and Director responsibilities for the World Union Budo Sosa-kai.






                        DAISHI  JORGE SOSA SR. AND  HANSHI  HUGO  SOSA







Daishi Sosa started his career in the Martial Arts in 1943 under supervision of the Sensei Silvestre Mendez in the art of Jūjitsu.  Following a visit to San Antonio, Texas where he practices Jūdō, upon his return to Guatemala he met Sensei Peter Spats originally from Germany.  After Sensei Spats passed away, Jorge Sosa Sr. trained with Sensei Eli Cabeiro, of Cuban origin, when Sensei Sosa Sr. was a brown belt in Jūdō, and he was training under Yasuo Nakayama. In 1961, Jorge Sosa traveled to Mexico City with the intent to learn Karatedō with Sensei Nobuyoshi Murata, who was transferred to Mexico in 1959 under the advice of Yasuo Nakayama. In 1961, Jorge Sosa Sr. had the opportunity to learn directly from Shihan Kenei Mabuni in Mexico City. At that time, Jorge Sosa Sr. was put under rigorous learning and training that consisted of 11 daily hours of training. Due to his hard work, attitude, valor and courage combined with his interest and constant dedication, Sensei Sosa Sr. was awarded the title of Sensei and representative of Karatedō Shitō Ryū in Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama).




Jorge Sosa & Master Kenei Mabuni, Mexico, 1961



On December 27th, 1965, Shihan Mabuni decided to stay in Guatemala for one year.  During this period of time, he trained Sensei Sosa Sr. under the following Martial Arts:


Aikidō, Ryū Kyū Kobudō, Iaidō, Kendō, Jodō, Karatedō, Jūjutsu, Ninjutsu or Ninpō. Master Mabuni repeated this trip in 1973 and stayed one year too.






                   Karatedo in Guatemala                                         Kendo in Guatemala



In 1970 Sensei Sosa Sr. traveled to Japan to expand his knowledge in the field of Martial Arts. He had the opportunity to learn and exchange knowledge with Shihan Mabuni in the city of Osaka. While he was in Japan, Sensei Sosa Sr. became a disciple of Shihan Misakazu Konishi who was an 8th Dan in the following: Jodō, Kobudō, Karatedō and Iaidō, in the city of Ikuno, near Himeji.



Sensei Sosa Sr. participated in the first World Championship in Karatedō where he was selected to be a judge; he had the opportunity to share the experiences with 33 Japanese Sensei’s as well as other representatives:  Max Vichet of France, Eddie Coppitiers of Belgium and Hugh John Thomson of South Africa.



Sensei Sosa Sr. is one of the founders of World Union of Karatedō Organizations, known as W.U.K.O. in October 1970.




                    Daishi Jorge Sosa Sr. Refereeing in Tokyo, Japan, 1970



In April 1972, Sensei Sosa Sr. participated in the 2nd World Championship of Karatedō as a member of the evaluation committee and training of judges. This committee consisted of the following:  Sensei Masatoshi Nakayama, Manzo Iwata, Haruyoshi Kagawa, all of Japan, Hidetaka Nishiyama from the United States, Max Vichet from France and Hugh Thomson from South Africa.







                   Members of the evaluation committee & Training of Judges


                                                      Paris, France, April, 1972



On September 15, 1972, Sensei Sosa Sr., with the participation of other Sensei, founded the Union of Latin Americana del Caribe y U.S.A. (ULCKA), to include all styles of Karatedō.  Sensei Sosa was the president of this organization.



In July 1973, Sensei Sosa was invited to participate as the Central Judge in Karatedō at the South African Olympics.





                                                  Pretoria, South Africa, April, 1973





During the course of his life, Sensei Jorge Sosa Sr. has promoted a total of 210 students from around the world to the level of Black Belt. In addition to his curriculum, he has 3809 experiences as a national and international judge. Previously he has been awarded the titles of “Shihan” and “Kyoshi”.










                                                         California, U.S.A., 2007



Today, Daishi Sosa is a 10th Dan, founder Sōke of Shitō Ryū Sosa-Kai of Karatedō and founder and Chairman of board of World Budō Union Sosa-Kai. He lives in the city of Lethbridge, Alberta Canada.







                                   The True History of Shito-Ryu



The style of Karate, Shito-Ryu, was developed by the great Master Mabuni based on their learning through various teachers, not only in karate but also in several martial arts. His wise teachings were followed by several of his former students such as Yusho Sakagami, Teruo Hayashi, Manzo Iwata, Yuki Kuniba, Tani and his sons Chojiro Kenei Mabuni and Kenzo Mabuni.



Before the death of Master Kenwa, is considered the successor to the stop in this case the eldest son, Kenei, who in a time of uncertainty did not feel able to be the official representative of this style. Then the Master Kenwa, asked the second son, Kenzo, to take such representation, this being accepted. At last minute, Mabuni Kenei accept his father's proposal, which led to a dispute between the two brothers. This forced to conduct a family meeting to decide who would be the successor to the Master Kenwa. The final decision was to appoint as official successor Kenei Mabuni Shito-Ryu style according to Japanese tradition, where the eldest son takes this responsibility. Following this decision, the Master Kenzo Mabuni, decided to move to another place to practice the teachings of his father (interview with Master Sakagami Ryusho by Joni Miller in 1987. Misakazu Interview with Master Konishi in Canada by Jorge Sosa Jr . in 1994 and 1995).



Thus arises the Shito-Kai Association, directed by the Master and the Master Kenei Mabuni Manzo Iwata. Following the death of Grand Master Kenwa, discontent arose in several groups of students Kenwa former teacher in carrying the organization. That was how each form their own Grand Master of Shito-Ryu Association, of which we mention the following:



Shit-Kai: Leaders: Kenei Mabuni (Osaka) and Manzo Iwata (Tokyo)


Itosu-Kai: Leader: Ryusho Sakagami


Nihon-Kai Karatedo: Leader: Kenzo Mabuni


Hayashi-Kai: Leader: Teruo Hayashi


Shuko-Kai: Leader: Tani Chojiro


Kenyu-Kai: Leader: Takamasa Tomoyori


Seishin-Kai: Leader: Yuki Mori Kuniba


Tomoyose-Kai: Leader: Ryusei Tomoyose


Kenpo-Kai: Leader: Kanyei Uchi


Horzon-Kai: Leader: Horoku Ishikawa


Kensei Kai: Leader: Misakazu Konishi


Shiokawa-Kai: Leader: Shimoni Shiokawa Seki


Seiki-Kai: Leader: Masaru Watanabe


Nippon Kempo-Kai: Leader: Masaru Sawayama


Sosa-Kai: Leader: Jorge Sosa




                                           OUR PHILOSOPHY



The main objective of World Budo Sosa-kai is to teach a methodology for systematic training of the body in a physical form and defense personnel; emphasizing the development and discipline of mind and body.



The Martial Arts will not only allow individuals to challenge and discover their physical and mental health, but also to know their weaknesses and limitations, forcing him to turn them into opportunities to constant improvement. Everyone must learn to be responsible for their actions and recognize that by helping each other grow companion.



The student who finds that practicing martial arts training is for self-development and physical and spiritual humility is the source of progress. The constant and serious training, leads to refined and controlled techniques, and promotes a strong character and self-confidence. This is developed through personal challenges.



Everyone can practice martial arts without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, physical characteristics, ancestry or place of origin.




                                              Our ideology


This organization should, Sosa-Kai is based on brotherhood born of friendship and support means mutuo.Reconoce work effort and dedication of both organizations like the styles that spread their art. The Martial Arts have played a very important diffusion in recent years, and diversification in search of perfection, so everyone is welcome with this thought to share ideas to form a true brotherhood united by feelings of respect and affection, with thoughts positives that lead to the common good. We all have something to learn and something to teach, encourage all associations and styles to meet their goals and realize their dreams for the aggrandizement of man and martial arts.



          "Always forward with maximum efficiency"










Founding Directors of World Union Karatedo Organization (WUKO), Octobre 1970:


Left to Right., Row, Seated: Cameron, Autralia, T.Seng Wong, Singapore;


Hoglund, Sweden; Arneil, Britain, Sims, New Zeeland, M. Tsuruoka, Canada, Yun, Korea;


Geronimo, Philippines; Hammameih, SAA, Musin, Indonesia.


2nd row from left to right: H.Thomson, South Africa; Pell, USA; H.Kagawa, Japan; Brito


Moreno, Mexico, Jorge Sosa, Guatemala, and C.Kim Kang, Korea; Qerubin, Philippines; Yiririan,


Lebanon; Mochizuki, France.


3a.Fila from left to right: Rolf, Germany; Anataciadis, Canada; J.Delcourt and Jouys, France;


H.Fujiyama and G. Takahashi, USA; Chinleaung, Trinidad, NN, Yugoslavia; Ito, Japan,


4a. Row left to right: Picart, Senegal; Boutros, France, Jalil, Brunei, Yoon, Brunei;


Lack Abel Gonzalez of Argentina.













The Daishi, Jorge Sosa to the right of their Imperial Highnesses: Prince and Princess Takamatsu at the reception of the Japanese government delegations attending the First Championship


Karatedo World Foundation and W.U.K.O. in October 1970.















Los Angeles, 1965: On the Pan American Championships Karatedo, the Master


  Nakayama (Shotokan-Ryu), Kenei Mabuni (Shito-Ryu), Okazaki Teriyuki


(Shotokan-Ryu) and Jorge Sosa (Shito-Ryu).






The Daishi Jorge Sosa and Master Mabuni Kenei dojo in Zone 4 in Guatemala in an early dojos 1964.