Shorinkan Karate

Virginia Beach Karate school

Shōrin-ryū (少林流) is one of the major modern Okinawan martial art systems,and is one of the oldest. Sensei Choshin Chibana learned Shuri-te from Akon Itotsu & renamed it to Shorin-ryu in 1933, he used the characters 少林, pronounced "shōrin" in Japanese and Shaolin in Chinese.

About Us

Kyoshi Noel Smith 8th dan Shorin-ryu Shorinkan OBI Karate, one of the oldest martial art Schools in Virginia beach, was established by Sensei Noel Smith then 4th degree black belt. He had only one goal in mind, to teach the martial art of Karate-do as he learned it in Okinawa from Sensei Shugoro Nakazato to students in Virginia Beach.

Sensei Smith began his study of Kobayashi-te Okinawan Shorin-Ryu karate while stationed in Okinawa during the Vietnam war. Since the early 1970's the Dojo has produced many champion Karate-ka over the years, while focusing on traditional Shorin-ryu karate techniques and rooted in the Budo philosophy.

Shorinkan Assoc.

We are a member of the Shorin-ryu Shorinkan Association which is head quatered in Okinawan Japan, under the leaderhip of Sensei Minuro Nakazato.


Learn About our lineage


Shorin-ryu is the system that we teach, it is well over 350 years old, and was enfluenced by Chinese martial arts.

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Kobudo training

As a traditional Okinawan karate school we teach Okinawan Kobudo, weapons, which includes

  • Bo
  • Nunchucku
  • Tonfa
  • Sai
  • Eku
  • Kama
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