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Shorin-ryu Karate



Shorin-ryu is one of the two major modern styles of Okinawan Karate.

The founder of Okinawan Shorin-ryu Karate, Matsumura Sōkon, has been called the Miyamoto Musashi of Okinawa.

Although he is often referred to as the "founder" of Shorin-ryu, the style has been developed over the years by many great martial artists.

Hohan Soken (1889-1982) was the founder of the Matsumura Seito (orthodox) style of Shorin-ryu.   Fusei Kise began his study of karate in 1947 and in 1958 began his study of Matsumura Seito Karate under Grandmaster Hohan Soken.

Hohan Soken gave his Menkyo Kaiden to Fusei Kise prior to his death in 1982.

In 2001 the Government of Japan stated that Grand Master Kise was the sole true heir to Matsumora Orthodox Karate, being passed down to him from Hohan Sensei.

During your study of Shorin-ryu Karate you will learn and develop the following: conditioning, flexibility, balance, timing, speed, stances, proper breathing, kihon (basic strikes and kicks), jiyu kumite waza, sampa waza, kata, and Kobujutsu.

The Karate lineage at the Budokan is as follows: Matsumura Seito, Nabe Matsumura, Hohan Soken, Fusei Kise, Glenn Premru, John Hamilton, Vince Ward, Joe Conti