Shōrin-ryū Shōrinkan

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Shōrin-ryū Shōrinkan
Shorinkan logo
Shorinkan logo
Date founded 1975
Country of origin Japan Okinawa, Japan
Founder Shūgorō Nakazato
Arts taught Karate
Ancestor schools Kobayashi Shorin-ryū
Descendant schools Shorin-ryu Reihokan, Shorin-ryu Shobukan
Practitioners Hanshi Naonobu Ahagon,Hanshi Giyu Gibo, Kyoshi Noel Smith, Renshi Suresh Kenichira, Kyoshi Nabil Noujaim, Todashi Yamashita, Sid Cambell, Eddie Bethea, Doug Perry
Official website,

Shorin-ryu Shorinkan (小林流小林館, Shōrin-ryū Shōrinkan) is a branch of the Kobayashi Shorin-ryū style of Okinawan Karate, developed by Shūgorō Nakazato, Hanshi 10th Dan. Nakazato was a student of Choshin Chibana.[1] 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 Okinawa Karate-do Shorin-Ryū Shorinkan Association.[2]

In the United States the senior teachers are Noel Smith[3] (8th dan) and Eddie Bethea [4]. Both Mr. Smith and Mr. Bethea trained directly under Sensei Shugoro Nakazato in the early 60's, both have first hand knowledge and exposure to his teachings, philosophies and concepts of karate. In the early years 7 of Shugoro Nakazato black belts returned to the USA to spread Okinawan Shorin-ryu to the states, they are referred to as the Original 7.[5]


External links[edit]

United States Shorin-ryu Shorinkan website