Sensei Noel Smith

About Kyoshi Noel Smith, 8th Dan Shorin-ryu Shorinkan

Kyoshi Noel Smith 8th dan Shorin-ryu Shorinkan
OBI Karate, one of the oldest Karate Schools in Virginia beach, was established by Sensei Noel Smith then 4th degree black belt in a martial art known as Okinawan Shorin-ryu. 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.

Sensei Smith likes to say that “we teach Karate in the way it was intended”.  This means that while most schools simply teach their students to try to land a quick punch for competition, OBI Karate focuses on logical fighting and defense first. After all this is the art of self defense and protection.

Our training is based on tried and true process developed over hundreds of years on the island of Okinawa.  Through Kata and sparring we develop our abilities to control our bodies & our minds. Our curriculum is small, only 15 kata but within these kata are all the tools needed to defend and protect yourself, in addition there are other benefits of practicing this art.  Kata is a wonderful system to develop cardiovascular strength, lose weight and strengthen your body.

Sensie Noel Smith teaches both Karate “Open Hand” as well as Kobudo or weapons. Our weapons curriculum covers Nunchucku, Sai, Bo, Eku, Tonfa & Kama our only bladed weapon. 


IShorinkan shorin-ryu united statesn the Early 1970’s he was instrumental in helping Sensei Shugoro Nakazato create and set up the Shorin-ryu Shorinkan association.


it is now one of the largest Karate associations in the world.

Sensei Shugoro Nakazato sent 7 of his black belts back to the united states,  this chart shows those 7 and the 7th Dan Kyoshis who are under them.

Shorin-ryu Shorinkan North America
North America Shorin-ryu Shorinkan Lineage