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Gichin FunakoshiGichin FunakoshiSyoto-kan-ryu’s master is Gichin Funakoshi, the person of merit to promote Okinawa Karate throughout the Japan and some other countries.
When you look for Syoto-kan-ryu, you will find out that this was not named or started by Funakoshi. It was his disciples who actually named Funakoshi’s method as “Syoto-kan-ryu.” Even though his disciples strongly suggested Funakoshi to name his method and make his dojo, Funakoshi never accepted the idea and he kept calling his Karate “Syuri-te.”
It was the time of secrecy of Karate. All Karate-ka trained themselves under Karate master in private. Funakoshi who was modest man thought to name his Karate “Syoto-kan-ryu” was inappropriate.
For your information, “Syoto” was young Funakoshi’s name.



Nagamine ShoshinNagamine ShoshinMatsubayashi-ryu was begun by Nagamine, Syoshin. Matsubayashi-ryu is related to Syuri-te, one of the oldest Okinawa Karate’s ryuha. Syoshin Nagamine practiced Karate under Chotoku Kyan who was a disciple of Sokon Matsumura of Tomari-te. Also he learned Karate under Choki Motobu one of the greatest Karate masters and was disciple of Kosaku Matsumora of Tomari-te. Nagamine explained that he mixed Sokon Matsumura and Kosaku Matsumora’s kanji and named his new method “Matsubayashi-ryu.”
Nagamine was born in 1907 at Tomari village Naha city, Okinawa. He swore that he would live his life as a Karate-ka and trained himself while working as a police officer.

10.Kojo Ryu

SaijoSaijoSais started living in Kume village with other “Kume 36 families” and one of Sais family was named Kojo. Kojos became one of the warrior classes of Naha province. They worked for Ryukyu government for a long time and supported the kingdom. In the end of the 17th century, Kojo Pechin got together all the techniques of Kojo style and taught it to other Kojos. So Kojo-ryu as we know it today is based on Kojo Pechin’s style. The feature of Kojo-ryu is that you keep punching to attack and then finish with join constraint or throwing.


9.Diagram of Tomari Te Styles

Distribution Diagram of Okinawa Karate [Tomari Te Styles].


8.Diagram of Naha Te Styles

Distribution Diagram of Okinawa Karate [Naha Te Styles].


7.Diagram of Syuri Te Styles-

Distribution Diagram of Okinawa Karate [Syuri Te Styles].


6.Diagram of Kobudo

Distribution Diagram of Okinawa Karate And Kobudo.


5.Syorin Ryu

Choshin ChibanaChoshin Chibana"Syorin-ryu"is one of three major styles [Ryu-ha] ,"Goju-ryu""Syorin-ryu" and "Uechi-ryu".
It was named by Choshin Chibana in 1933. Choshin practiced Karate under Anko Itosu and Itosu learned Karate under Sokon Matsumura. You can say Matsumura is the progenitor of "Syuri Te". "Syuri Te" was originally part of Okinawan ancient martial art called "Te" and Choshin Chibana developed the style and made "Syorin-ryu".


4.Shito Ryu

Anko ItosuAnko Itosu“Shito-ryu” was established by Kenwa Mabuni. He named “Shito-ryu” after his masters’ kanji; Anko Itosu and Kanryo Higaonna. The feature of this style is that the style was mixed of two ancient Te: “Syuri Te” and “Naha Te.”


3.Uechi Ryu

Kanbun UechiKanbun UechiIt is said that “Uechi-ryu” is especially differ from other Okinawa Karate styles. “Uechi-ryu” was established by Kanbun Uechi. Kanbun Uechi, the originator, went to China when he was 20. There, he practiced “South Shaolin Kung Fu” for 17 years under Master Shu Shi Wa, master of Ko Kei Ken style. So it means “Uechi-ryu” was mostly inspired by Chinese martial arts.


2.Goju Ryu

Miyagi. ChojyunMiyagi. ChojyunOne of the major styles of Okinawa Karate, “Goju-ryu” was established by Chojyun Miyagi. Chojyun Miyagi was a one of the disciples of Kanryo Higaonna of “Naha-Te.”


1.Several Styles of Okinawa Karate

Several Styles of Okinawa KarateSeveral Styles of Okinawa KarateOkinawa Karate was called “Te” in ancient times. It divide into three different styles [or Ryu-ha] called “Syuri-Te,” “Naha-Te,” and “Tomari-Te.” Originally, students learned only one style from their teachers.