Shorin-ryu Shorinkan Karate Association

Shōrin-ryū Shōrinkan Karate Association

The Shorin-ryu Shorinkan Karate association was founded in the mid 1970’s by Sensei Shugoro Nakazato.  His goal was to spread the teaching of Shorin-ryu Karate, as he was taught by his Chibana Sensei , throughout the world.

Today you can find Shorin-ryu Shorinkan affiliated dojos in every country around the world.

What is Shorin-ryu Shorinkan?

We are an association of dojos teaching  (小林流小林館 Shōrin-ryū)  also known as in Kobayashi-te, an Okinawan fighting system developed from Shuri-te. Shurin-ryu traces its origins to one of the three Tō-te or Okinawan fighting systems.  There was Naha-te, Shuri-te and  Tomari-Te, each was called based on the city ( Naha, Shuri and Tomari ) Shorin-ryu comes from Shuri-te.

Okinawa is the birth place of Karate, the Okinawan practitioners of To-De would seek out and learn from Chinese martial artist and combine the ideas of Chinese Kenpo.   But this went beyond the basic mixing ideas with their existing system,  like they do to day in MMA.  The Okinawans blended the Chinese fighting ideas in to their training refining the concepts to fit the Okinawan  way of Te.

Our curriculum is based on the teachings of Chibana Sensei and Shugoro Nakazato Sensei teachings. We like to say “That we teach Karate in the manner it was intended”.  Many schools today teach it as a form of dance, allowing students to simply perform the moves.   This is not the way it was intended.  Every move in Kata must be real.




Shorinkan Association

The association we belong to is called the Shorin-ryu Shorinkan Association.

Shorin-ryu Shorinkan Association

You can identify any dojo who belongs to the association by the patch which is worn on the left side of their students Gi.  It was designed by Sensei Shugoro Nakato.

The association has a large number of affiliated dojos not only across the United States, but also across the globe.  In every country you will find an Shorinkan dojo.

Member dojos teach the same Kata’s for both Open Hand and Weapons ( Karate & Kobudo )

The easiest way to learn about the Shorinkan association is through our online Portal  or through our Shorinkan search engine

Many times we are asked by other Dojos how they can become affiliated with the Shorinkan to asnwer this simply call our dojo at 757-499-4474 or send us an email at