Shugoro Nakazato was a student of Choshin Chibana. After Chibana’s death in 1969, Nakazato assumed the title of Vice President of the Okinawa Shorin-Ryū Karate-do Association. In November 1975, Nakazato resigned from this association and formed the Shorin-Ryū Shorinkan Association. The first Dojo’s to become members of this association were located in the United States.
Sensei Shugoro Nakazato, passed August, 2016. Prior to his passing his son Sensei Minuro Nakazato became the head of the Shorinkan Association.