Shōrin-ryū Shōrinkan

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.[4] 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.[5]

Shōrin-ryū Shōrinkan
Shōrin-ryū Shōrinkan
Shōrin-ryū Shōrinkan
Date founded1975
Country of originJapan Okinawa, Japan
FounderShūgorō Nakazato
Current headMinoru Nakazato[1]
Arts taughtKarate
Ancestor schools
Descendant schools
  • Suikendo Shorin Ryu[3]
  • Shorin-ryu Reihokan
  • Shorin-ryu Shobukan

In the United States the senior teachers are Noel Smith[6] (8th dan) and Eddie Bethea.[7] 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 US to spread Okinawan Shorin-ryu to the States; they are referred to as the Original 7.[8]

North America SHORINKAN LineageEdit

This Lineage chart only reflects the Original 7 Black Belts from Shugoro Nakzato and their Kyoshis

North American Shorin-ryu Shorinkan Lineage chart



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