Virginia Beach Martial arts - yes we teach Mixed martial arts

We have been teaching a form of Martial arts that originated from Okinawa and is by some accounts over 400 years old.  The style is called Kobayashi-te or Shorin-ryu and it is a Mixed Martial art [MMA], actually it has gone far beyond a mixed martial art.  The ideas and concepts that originated from Chinese Kenpo ( Kungfu) have been assimilated, absorbed and blended & transformed into the Okinawan fighting system though they share similarities they are definitely not Kungfu.

Shorin-ryu has its origins in Okinawan Tōde, a fighting system that was indigenous to Okinawa  (唐手 Tuudii?, Tang hand, China hand), sometimes called Okinawa-te (沖縄手 Uchinaa-dii?). Over the years, as the Okinwans and Chinese shared their Martial arts with each other, the Okinawans mixed Tode with Chinese martial arts and refined it to create what is now called Kobayashi-te or Okinawan Shorin-Ryu. Due to the mixing of the Chinese martial arts and Okinawan martial arts, we are an original "Mixed Martial Art".

It is interesting to note, that if a Chinese reader reads the symbols that spell out Shorinkan it sounds like Shaolin. 



Okinawan Shorin-ryu karate student and instructor