Shorinkan Dojos are located througout the United states, and North America. The curriculum that these dojos are the same. The primary training system is Kata, students are required to learn the kata associated with their rank in order to move up. In general there is no predetermined time frame for students to test. Students who eventually earn the rank of Shodan ( 1st degree blackbelt ) have to know all 15 kata. Students must also prove their ability before receiving their promotion.
In addition to Karate, or Open Hand martial arts, most Shorin-ryu Shorinkan dojos teach Kobudo. Kobudo is the study of Okinawan weapons. The two systems are designed to compliment each other in many ways. Centuries ago and up to only a decade or so, students trainied in both karate and kobudo at the same time. It was only a recent development that Karate and Kobudo have been sepearted out. There are however a small group of "old traditional dojos" who still teach both as their curriculum. In this schools to be promoted to black or above, the student must demonstrate his ability in weapons as well.
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