Shorin Ryu is descended from Shuri-te (the martial art
originally handed down in the Shuri area) and was revived
in modern times by Master, Sokon Matsumura. Next in the
line of descent was Master, Anko Itosu, and then Itosuís
best student Chosin Chibana.
Shuri-te was divided in to four main branches of Shorin-Ryu, according to the
techniques, kata and also the diference in th Kanji Letters used to write 'Shorin-Ryu'.
Kobayashi (Shorin) Ryu:
Master, Anko Itosu Itosuís pupil Chosin Chibana (1885-1969) formed the Kobayashi
sector of Shorin systems with the influence of Shuri-te. Chibana's students such as
Yuchoku Higa, Katsuya Miyahira, Shugoro Nakazato preserved the style for the future.
Shobayashi (Shorin) Ryu:
Master, Chotoku Kyan created the SHobayashi sector of Shorin Systems with the
influence of Shuri-te and Tomari-te. Some of Kyan's best students were Jyoen Nakazato,
Zenryo Shimabukuro, Shoshin Nagamine, Tatsuo Shimabuku....
Matsubayashi (Shorin) Ryu:
Master, Shoshin Nagamine created Matsubayashi Ryu with the influence of his tecahers Kyan Chotoku,
Ankichi Arakaki, Motobu Choki and Tomari-te.
Matsumura Seito (Orthodox) is Sokon Matsumura's secret family style of White Crane (hakutsuru).
Later it wa shanded down to Nabi Matsumura and from Nabi it was handed down to Master Houhan Soken.
- Masters of Okinawa of the 20th Century -
L/R : Shugoro Nakazato, Katsuya Miyahira, Seikichi Uehara, Meitoku Yagi, Shoshin Nagamine, Yuchoku Higa