About 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.
Sensie Noel Smith
In 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.