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Shorinkan – What it?

Shorinkan is a organization created by Sensei Shugoro Nakazato in the early 1970’s to promote and teach what he had learned from his study of Okinawan Shorin-ryu and Kobudo.
He had taken  over 300 years of Karate development and knowledge, specifically in Okinawan Shorin-ryu ( KobayashiTe ).

Sensei Shugoro Nakazaton
Sense Shugoro Nakazato


Shorin-ryu is the name given to the martial art Sensei Chosin Chibana taught, it was a way to destinguish it from what others were teaching, he did this in 1933.  Prior to this it was simply called Shuri-te.

Sensei Chibana’s teacher was Anko Itosu who learned directly from Matsumura Sokon.  Matsumura Sokon was not only the bodyguard to the kings of Okinawa, but was also a great warrior, considered by many to be the Okinawan equivalent of Miyamoto Musashi.

All Limbs are weapons

Okinwan Karate conditions the body to be a weapon.  All limbs have a job to do,  the feet and legs are used to  kick, block, parry, knee, sweeps etc where as the hands are used to grab, parry, block, strike, control etc.

The Okinawans have always been known for their excellent hand fighting techniques, many consider them the best in the world.

Kyoshi Noel Smith
Sensei Noel Smith

Sensei Noel Smith studied under Sensei Shuguro Nakazato in the 60’s while stationed in Okinawa, after his enlistment, he returned to the Island to continue his studies.   In 1972 he opend O.B.I Karate school in Virginia beach and has been teaching Okinawan Shorin-ryu in the same manner he learned it.

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