Shōrin-ryū Shōrinkan

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Shōrin-ryū Shōrinkan
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Date founded1975
Country of originJapan Okinawa, Japan
FounderShūgorō Nakazato
Arts taughtKarate
Ancestor schoolsKobayashi Shorin-ryū
Descendant schoolsShorin-ryu Reihokan, Shorin-ryu Shobukan
PractitionersHanshi Naonobu Ahagon, Hanshi Giyu Gibo, Kyoshi Noel Smith, Todashi Yamashita, Sid Cambell, Eddie Bethea, Doug Perry

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 1960s, both have firsthand knowledge and exposure to his teachings, philosophies and concepts of karate. In the early years seven of Shugoro Nakazato's black belts returned to the USA to spread Okinawan Shorin-ryu to the States; they are referred to as the Original 7.[5]


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