Kyoshi Noel Smith, Shorin-ryu Shorinkan United States - keep

Kyoshi Noel Smith 8th dan Shorin-ryu Shorinkan

About Kyoshi Noel Smith, 8th Dan Shorin-ryu Shorinkan 

OBI Karate, one of the oldest Karate Schools in Virginia beach, was established by Sensei Noel Smith then 4th degree black belt in a martial art known as Okinawan Shorin-ryu. He had only one goal in mind, to teach the martial art of Karate-do as he learned it in Okinawa from Sensei Shugoro Nakazato to students in Virginia Beach.

Sensei Smith began his study of Kobayashi-te Okinawan Shorin-Ryu karate while stationed in Okinawa during the Vietnam war. Since the early 1970's the Dojo has produced many champion Karate-ka over the years, while focusing on traditional Shorin-ryu karate techniques and rooted in the Budo philosophy.

Sensei Smith likes to say that "we teach Karate in the way it was intended".  This means that while most schools simply teach their students to try to land a quick punch for competition, OBI Karate focuses on logical fighting and defense first. After all this is the art of self defense and protection.

Our training is based on tried and true process developed over hundreds of years on the island of Okinawa.  Through Kata and sparring we develop our abilities to control our bodies & our minds. Our curriculum is small, only 15 kata but within these kata are all the tools needed to defend and protect yourself, in addition there are other benefits of practicing this art.  Kata is a wonderful system to develop cardiovascular strength, lose weight and strengthen your body.

Sensie Noel Smith teaches both Karate "Open Hand" as well as Kobudo or weapons. Our weapons curriculum covers Nunchucku, Sai, Bo, Eku, Tonfa & Kama our only bladed weapon. 


Shorinkan shorin-ryu united statesIn the Early 1970's he was instrumental in helping Sensei Shugoro Nakazato create and set up the Shorin-ryu Shorinkan association.

 it is now one of the largest Karate associations in the world. 
  Shorin-ryu Shorinkan USA Lineage ChartSensei Shugoro Nakazato sent 7 of his black belts back to the united states,  this chart shows those 7 and the 7th Dan Kyoshis who are under them.








This simplified chart below shows the direct linage from "Toko" to Sensie Noel Smith. 

Satsunku Toko Sakugawa - 1733 ( OKinawan-Te )
Sokon Matsumura - 1848 ( Created Shuri-Te )
Yasutsune (Akon) Itotsu - 1870 - 1915
Chosin Chibana - 1886 - 1969 ( Renamed Shuri-Te to Shorin-Ryu )
Shugoro Nakazato - 1919 - 2016
Noel Smith  ( Senior North American Kyoshi 8th Dan )

  • Sensei Noel Smith trained drectly under Sensei Shugoro Nakazato while he was stationed in Okinawa durring the Vietnam war. After his enlistment he moved back to Okinawa, living there for years training.  Evential he was among a handful of U.S. students who eventually earnedtheir credentials to teach Okinawan Shorin-Ryu in the US.

    He has owned and operated OBI Karate School of Virginia since 1968 and is the oldest Dojo in Virginia Beach

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Okinawan Shorin-ryu karate student and instructor