Sensei Shugoro Nakazato

sensei minuro
shorinkan sense Minuro Nakzato
virginia beach karate school
Kyoshi Noel Smith

Sensei Shuguro Nakzato began his martial arts training in what was probably called TE, and what we now call Karate, under Seiichi Iju in 1935. He trained concurrently  in Kobudo, weapons, under Seiro Tonaki, here he learned the traditional Okinawan weapons of the Bo, Sai, Tonfa, Nunchucku and Kama.  Sensei Shugoro Nakazato continuted training under both until 1940.

Sensei Shugoro Nakazato then joined the Japanese army in 1942 here he taught soldiers how to fight with the bayonet.

When the war ended he decided to return to Okinawa and saught out Sensei Chosin Chibana whom he held in high regards.  Sensei Nakazato received permission from Sense Chibana to open his own dojo in 1955 and located it in Aja and named it Nakazato Dojo.  Durring this period Sensei Nakazato reassumed his study of weapons under Masami Chinen until 1958.

In 1975, Sensei Nakazato began to build his Karate Association which he called Shorin-ryu Shorinkan.  Since that day, this organization has flurished and can now be found in almost every coutry teaching Sensei Shugoros system of Shorin-ryu.

Durring the 1960's Sensei Nakazto trained a number of U.S. Service men while they were stationed in Okinawa.  Among these men were Kyoshi Noel Smith and Kyoshi Eddie Bethea, they where among the 7 first black belts who returned to the United States and opened Dojos.  They and the other original black belts are identified on the North American Lineage Chart and include

  • Sensei Tadashi Yamashita
  • Sensei Jiro Shiroma
  • Sensei Noel Smith
  • Sensei Eddie Bethea
  • Sensei Bob Herten
  • Sensei Sid Campbell
  • Sensei Frank Hardgrove
  • Sensei Sam Ahtey

In 1996, Sensei Shugoro Nakazato demonstrated the GoRin kata at the Georgia Olympics.  The 2020 Olympics will feature Karate.

On August 24, 2016 Sensei Shugoro died andpassed the association to his son Sensei Minuro Nakazato.