Welcome to Okinawan Budo Institute Dai-Ni Karate School, we are located in Virginia beach. We teach only one system of martial art called Shorin-ryu under the Shorinkan Association of which we are a proud member.
Our dojo has been operated overseen by Sensei Noel Smith who trained, he is now an 8th Dan and is one of the original 7 black belts who returned from Okinawa to the United States. Sensei Smith trained directory under Sensei Shugoro Nakazato while serving in the U.S. Army and then living in Okinawa after his service.
Sensei Smith learned Shorin-ryu from Sensei Nakazato.
Shōrin-ryū (少林流) is one of the major modern Okinawan martial art systems,and is one of the oldest. Sensei Choshin Chibana learned Shuri-te from Akon Itotsu & renamed it to Shorin-ryu in 1933, he used the characters 少林, pronounced “shōrin” in Japanese and Shaolin in Chinese.
Our lineage is deep and vast spanning more than 4 decades to Shuri-te and much further to it’s orginal base called Okinawan Te. But, it is to S. Matsumura who taught Shuri-te to A. Itosu who in turned trained Sensei Chibana, view our lineage to the Okinawan Masters. In the United States our lineage begins with Sensei Shugoro Nakazato, sadly he passed in August of 2016. The lineage from Sensei Nakazato is also very extensive. But the system was brought to the United States by a small group of 7 black belts, in Shorinkan we call these 7 the first Generation.
Shorin-Ryu and dates back more than 370 years with its origins in Okinawan Tode. This simplified chart below shows the direct linage from “Toko” to Sensie Noel Smith. During the years, Okinwans and Chinese shared their Martial arts with each other, refining it to create what is now called Kobayashi Shorin-Ryu. Becuase of the history and mixing of the Chinese and Okinawan arts, we are an original “Mixed Martial Art“.