Branches of Shorinryu Report
There are four branches of Shorin-Ryu and they are Kobayashi-Ryu Shobayashi –Ryu ,Matsubayashi-Ryu
Mtsumara- Ryu. . The name Shorin refers to the Shaolin style of Chinese boxing. They were all originated in
Okinawa Japan. The major sites were the villages of Naha, Shuri and Tomari. They were all founded by
Hanshi Shugoro Sensei. Shorin Ryu is one of the four original Okinawan styles of karate. Shorin –Ryu uses
more hand techniques than foot techniques. Shorin- ryu is generally characterized by nature breathing,
nature stances, and circular, rather than direct movement. Stances that are too deep will most likely make
body movement very difficult.
They also practice Traditional weapons. Kobudo training is vitally important for many reasons. Not only does
Kobudo preserve an ancient Okinawan fighting art from being eroded by time, it enhances the practitioner's
karate technique. By training in weapons the individual develops a strong mental attitude, power, speed,
focus and experience the "realness" of combat through Kobudo kumite. The weapons currently being taught
here are the bo, nunchaku, sai,tonfa and kama.
The Kobayashi branch began the 19th century with Master Bushi Matsumura (1805-1893 .Kobayashi shorin
ryu karate. It’s the natural offspring of Suri-te. In its transfer to mainland Japan in the early 1920’s it was the
foundation for the development of the most modern Japanese systems, such as Shotokan and Wandoryu ,
Shorin ryu and Goju ryu.are considered to be the two most karate systems of Okinawa.It became indiviclual
karate style from master chosen Chibana (1885-1969) Today grand master Shugoro Nakazato is the world
wide leader of this system. The traditional Kata have been handed down from instructor to student.
Although Chinese martial arts began spreading to Okinawa in the 14th century, it was not rominent until the
18th century.Eizo Shimabukuro dropped the Chatan Yara no Kusanku and the Oyadamari no Passai he
learned from Chotoku Kyan and he added Kusanku Sho and Dai and Passai Sho and Dai of Yasutsune
Itosu lineage. It is said that Eizo Shimabukuro learned these Itosu kata as well as Pinan Shodan to Godan
and Naihanchin Shodan to Sandan from Choshin Chibana. However, in his book "Okinawa Karatedo Old
Grandmaster Stories" Eizo Shimabukuro says that Chibana was too old to teach and so Chibana referred
Shimabukuro to his senior student, Nakazato, for instruction. Eizo Shimabuku also added two kata from his
time in Goju-ryu with Chojun Miyagi. These kata being Seiunchin and Sanchin (Eizo Shimabukuro used to
call his version of Sanchin, San
In 1947, Grand Master Shoshin Nagamine officially founded the style knows as Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu
karate. The style's lineage traces from Chinese Gung-Fu to the original Okinawan karate, according to
Patrick McCarthy of the International Ryukyu Karate Research Society. This "original" Okinawan karate then
developed into Te. Te grew and divided into Naha-Te, Shuri-Te and Tomari-Te. Shuri-Te (sometimes known
as shorin-ryu) divided further into four major styles: Kobayashi-Ryu (founded by Chosin Chibana),
Matsubayashi-Ryu (founded by Shoshin Nagamine), Shobayashi-Ryu (founded by Chotoku Kyan) and
Matsumura orthodox (founded by Hohan Soken). In 1936 the Okinawan masters met and adopted the term
"karate" or "open-hand" to replace the earlier term of Tote (abbreviated to Te) which meant "Chinese Hand".
They felt the new term, karate, better reflected the art's unique Okinawan development.
The Shorin-Ryu Matsumura Hakutsuru Jutsu is based on the Okinawan empty handed system (karate) and
is a system that is grounded in empty handed concepts, which include several forms (kata), physical fitness,
sport fighting and some basic self-defense. Unlike other Okinawan karate systems that refer to the White
Crane Kung Fu...it is created on the White Swan Kung Fu techniques of the late Grandmaster Hohan Soken.
The White Swan comes to us by the way of Argentina (South America) where Soken lived for about 25 years.
Today, his ashes have been returned to his family in Argentina from Okinawa.
I have been a student of Shorin-Ryu Karate for five years. My sensei Salvatore has mentored me from the
beginning until today. During this past 5 years I have also practiced different martial arts, but Shorn-Ryu
Karate has given me disciplined, and every day thru a lot of practice I prepare myself under the guidance my
sensei ready to learn more about the different styles of Shorin-Ryu Karate