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SHORIN RYU KARATE

Name of Style: Shorin Ryu

Country of Origin: Okinawa, Japan

Master of Style: Eizo Shimabukuro 10th Dan

 

SHUDOKAN KARATE

Name of Style: Shudokan

Country of Origin: Okinawa, Japan

Master of Style: Walter Todd, 8th Dan, Shibucho (deceased)

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KARATEDO: Empty hand way

 

SHORIN RYU PATCH 

BODY, MIND, SPIRIT: Three components affected by karate training

TORII GATE: Striving for Perfection

EIGHT SIDED LOTUS FLOWER: symbolizing infinity

EIZO SHIMABUKURO: 10TH Dan Grandmaster

 

Five Weapons:

Bo (wooden)       

 Bo

Sai (metal) 

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Tonfa (wooden)

Tonfa

Nunchaku (wooden) 

 Nunchaku

Kama (wooden handle, metal blade)  

 Kama

Lineage

Eizo Shimabukuro / Walter Todd

--> Herbert Wong

--->Karl Scott III / Gary Hu

---->Barbara Christensen

----->Ilene Smoger

Three Styles of Shorin Ryu

Shobayashi (small forest)

Kobayashi (young forest)

Matsubayashi (pine forest)

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5th Kyu

Other Okinawan Traditional Styles

  • Shobayashi Eizo Shimabukuro (1925-    )
  • Kobayashi Katsuya Miyahara (1918-   ) / Shuguro Nakazato (1920-   )
  • Matsubayashi.........................................Shoshin Nagamine (1907-1997) / Nagamine's son Takayoshi Nagamine
  • Gojo Ryu..............................................Chojun Miyagi (1988-1953) / Gogen Yamaguchi (1909-1989)
  • Okinawan Kenpo....................................Shigeru Nakamura (1894-1969) / Seikichi Odo (1926-2002)
  • Isshin Ryu.............................................Tatsuo Shimabukuro (1906-1975), his son,  Kichiro Shimabukuru
  • Uechi Ryu.............................................Kanei Uechi  (1911-1991),  son Kanmei Uechi

O' Sensei Shimabukuro's Primary Instructors

  • Kyan
  • Miyagi
  • Motobu
  • Tatsuo Shimabukuro (brother)
  • Zenryo Shimabukuro (1908 - 1969)

Toyama was the chairman of the All Japan Karate-do League International and presented O'Sensei Shimabukuro with the tenth dan (red belt) and named him Grand Master of the Shorin Ryu Shobayashi system. Toyama also made Sensei Todd Shibucho for the United States.

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There are three major Okinawan cities from which karate systems evolved: Naha, Shuri and Tomari. The systems were first named after the city with the addition of the word te (hand) suffixed, i.e., Naha-teShuri-te and Tomari-te. Because the three cities are only a few miles apart, the styles influenced each other and eventually became known as either Goju Ryu (Naha) or Shorin Ryu (Tomari, Shuri). Since O' Sensei Shimabukuro studied under Master Miyagi, the founder of Goju Ryu, he teaches two of the Goju Ryu kata in his system.

Karate was introduced to mainland Japan in the early 20th century by Gichin Funakoshi. He renamed some of the kata and formed Shotokan Karatedo. Today it is Japan's largest karate organization.

SHOBAYASHI RYU KATA HISTORY

SEISAN SOKON MATSUMURA
NAIHANCHI SHODAN SOKON MATSUMURA
NAIHANCHI NIDAN SOKON MATSUMURA
NAIHANCHI SANDAN SOKON MATSUMURA
ANAKU CHOTOKU KYAN
WANSHU CHOTOKU KYAN
PINAN SHODAN ANKO ITOSU
PINAN NIDAN ANKO ITOSU
PINAN SANDAN ANKO ITOSU
PINAN YONDAN ANKO ITOSU
PINAN GODAN ANKO ITOSU
GOJUSHIHO MATSUMURA & CHIBANA
CHINTO SOKON MATSUMURA
PASSAI SHO SOKON MATSUMURA
KUSANKU SHO SOKON MATSUMURA
PASSAI DAI SOKON MATSUMURA
KUSANKU DAI SOKON MATSUMURA
SEIUNCHIN CHOJUN MIYAGI                                                                                                                                     
SANCHIN CHOJUN MIYAGI

 


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At the time the empty hand art of karatedo was developing in Okinawa, the Ryukyu Kobujutsu, or weapon arts were also being systematized. O'Sensei Shimabukuro studied weapons through the Taira school of weaponry. As well as the five classical weapons, O'Sensei has taught the use of a 6th weapon called Noburi Gama. It has a sickle type blade attached to a handle about 5 feet long. Though today these implements have little practical use as weapons, their use is still taught in order to preserve an art and to strengthen empty-handed movements.

Okinawan Masters

  • Chibana

This man was named a "Living Treasure" by the Japanese Government. He was the head of the Kobayashi branch of the Shorin Ryu. Though the lineage of his system is the same as the Shobayashi system, he wrote the character Ko instead of Sho. Thus, his style is referred to as Ko (small, minor) bayashi (forest) instead of Sho (little, scarce) bayashi. Shimabukuro once went to him wearing a white belt and asked to have his kata corrected so that any changes he had inadvertently made could be changed back to the original

  • Kusanku

A Chinese boxing master who spent six years on Okinawa during the 18th century, Kusanku demonstrated an art which greatly influenced karatedo. Two kata named after him are taught in our system.

  • Motobu

One of O'Sensei's major instructors, Motobu was known as Okinawa's greatest fighter.  He practiced the Naihanchi Kata.

  •  Itosu

A principal influence of Shorin Ryu, Itosu developed the Itosu-ha system, which is little known outside of Okinawa.  As a teacher in the Okinawa public schools, Itosu systemized karate and made it available to the public.  He formulated the Pinan Kata.