|the tutelage of SAKUGAWA. They made several trips to china to study other
Fighting Arts. MATSUMURA is credited for composing katas that are still practiced
(meaning Iron Horse) trained under MATSUMURA. ITOSU is also the creator of the
5 pinans (peaceful mind) in 1901. Some of ITOSU’s top students were CHIBANA,
Chosin; KYAN, Chotoku; and MABUNI, Kenwa to name a few. CHIBANA, Hanshi
NoSogo was the first to differentiate his system of karate by naming it “Kobashi ryu”
or “Young forest style” in 1930. Chibana was also one of the founding committee
members of karate who agreed to translate karate as “empty hand.” He was also
was given the Fourth Order of Merit by the emperor of Japan in 1969 for his life long
contribution to the martial arts. One of CHIBANA’s most influential students in the
modern days is NAKAZATA, HanshiJuDan to whom CHIBANA named as his personal
black belt.NAKAZATO has studied Shorin-ryu for almost all of his life and in 1967
after nearly 20 years of karate he was awarded 9th Dan by his instructor CHIBANA.
When CHIBANA passed away NAKAZATO became President of Okinawa Shorin-ryu
Ryu Shorinkan was designed by Shugoru NAKAZATO. NAKAZATO only teaches
Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do he learned from the style founder, CHIBANA,
Chosin. In 1996 he was asked to do a special presentation at the Olympics.
HanshiJuDan the first generation of students that are Kyoshis: Nabil NOUJAIM; Doug
PERRY; Patrick HENRY, and Kevin ROBERTS to name a few. In addition
NAKAZATO was presented as the guest of honor along with his son Minoru
Our history comes from 4,000 years ago and I thank them for making it because
Karate because it is not just a hobby it’s something I’m dedicated to.
To Sensei Sal,