Sokuichi Gibu was born in Chinen Village in Southern Okinawa on December 7, 1941. He began studying Goju-Ryu at age 14 and then in 1956, began studying with Shorin-Ryu Master Shugoro Nakazato.
After years of dedication to his teacher and his dojo, Nakazato Sensei awarded the first 8th dan in the history of the Shorinkan to Gibu Sensei, who served as the vice-president of the organization. He built his own dojo, called the Butokukan, in 1979 in Urasoe City where he has since taught every week. Gibu Sensei was considered one of the toughest fighters of the Shorinkan but was considered to also be a master kata technician whose form “mirrored that of Nakazato Sensei.”
In 1991, Gibu Sensei resigned from the Shorinkan and started his own association, Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Butokukan. The style followed the same curriculum as his teacher, Shugoro Nakazato and was recognized by the Zen Nihon Karate-Do Renmei whose members included such karate greats as Shoshin Nagamine, Kanei Uechi, Meitoku Yagi and Yuchoku Higa.
In December of 2005, Hanshi Gibu was promoted to 10th degree black belt/Judan by the Zen Nihon Karate-Do Renmei at the Butokukan Hombu dojo and a celebration of this great achievement was held at the Ginowan ANA hotel in April of 2006. He was later also recognized and promoted to 10th dan by the Okinawa Karate Association alongside his contemporaries Morio Higaonna(Goju-Ryu) and longtime friend Naoboru Ahagon who were also promoted to 10th dan.
Gibu Sensei is well known for his incredible strength, spirit and is considered one of the most talented instructors of his generation however he is probably more recognized for his humbleness and kind nature towards every person he meets.
Gibu Sensei has kept his organization very small in hopes to avoid commercialization and politics. Outside of Okinawa, he has granted only membership to three shibu dojos; Argentina, South Africa and the United States.
A well-respected businessman, Gibu Sensei is also a devoted husband with a beautiful family. His son. Makato, follows in his father's footsteps by having extremely strong karate and his famous father's kind nature. Gibu Sensei is blessed with four grandchildren, two of which practice karate at the Hombu dojo and are very gifted karateka.