Shorin-ryu Shorinkan

Shorin-ryu Shorinkan was created by the Late Sensei Shugoro Nakato in the early 1970's, the goal of the association was and still is to this day, to bring together all of the students who have trained under him and are teaching Shorin-ryu ( Kobayashi-te ) that was handed down to him from his teacher, Sensei Chibana.

The goal of this site, host by OBI Karate School under the direction of Senior Kyoshi Noel Smith ( 8th dan ), is to continue with Sensei Shugoro Nakazatos idea.  With technology, it is becoming easier than ever to share ideas as well as information. But becuase the Facebook system is so open it is nearly impossible to promote Shorinkan around the country.  

With the development of sites like facebook, there have been many groups set up for everyone to talk about Okinawan Shorin-ryu,  but none where the focus was originally intended to provide resources to those training in Okinawan Shorin-ryu under the Shorinkan association.  Furthermore, the scope of this site is more than just a training resource, it is also a marketing opportunity for each dojo owner.  Sensei wanted Shorinkan to spread around the world, and it has, know we need to keep that flame burning.  To bring the art of Shorin-ryu Shorinkan to as many people as possible.

If you are one of the many United States Shorinkan dojo owners, you are invited to send your name and dojo name to to request membership and to ensure that your dojo is listed under the correct state with the correct information.

See Shorin-ryu Shorinkan dojos in the United States ( USA )

If you happend to be looking for a traditional Martial art system, you are encouraged to consider Shorin-ryu Shorinkan.  Today many people want mixed martial arts, what many don't realize is that over 300 years ago the Okinawans started mixing their fighting system of Te ( Tii ) with the Kungfu arts of China, most notably Shaolin, as a mater fact of Shorin is the Japanse word for Shaolin or "Small Forest".  Use the link above to search for dojos in your area, or call 757-499-4474 or email to be put in contact with a dojo nearest you.

Looking to join Shorinkan?
Do you currently own a dojo and think that Shorinkan may be the right fit for your school?  Great!  Simply call Senior Kyoshi Noel Smith 757-499-447 or email him at and he will be more than happy to discuss it with you.



Okinawan Shorin-ryu karate student and instructor