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Shorinkan Original 7 instructors and their 7th Dan Kyoshis ( Lineage Chart )

United States Shorinkan Lineage Chart

Shorinkan Lineage Chart, United States.

Those of us who practice the martial art as it was taught to Hanshi Shugoro Nakazato practice what is commonly refered to as Shorin-ryu.  Shorin-ryu has it's origins in a fighting art called Tode as it was practiced by Sakugawa Kanga AKA Tode Sakugawa. 

Later Anko Itosu named his style Shuri-Te and then one of his students Sensei Chosin Chibana renamed Shuri-Te to  Shorin-ryu as a way of distinguishing it from other style.  incidentally, the word Shorin-ryu also means Shaolin in Chinese.

Sensei Chibana had many students but Sensei Shugoro Nakazato is the one who inherited Shorin-ryu from Sensei Chibana.  After World War II, Sensei Shugoro Nakazato taught many American service men.  7 of his students either returned to or moved to the United States to eventually open their own dojos .

The image to the left and the information contain was compiled by Kyoshi Noel Smith, 8th Dan Senior Kyoshi Shorinkan United States and is current as of June 2015.  If you have any questions regarding the chart please email him directly 


The first 7 blackbelts have come to called "The Original 7" are the first generation, from them we start our journey in the martial art called Shorin-ryu Shorinkan. 


  1. Kyoshi Noel Smith
    (Active Senior Kyoshi North America)
    2nd Generation
    1. David Colaizzi

  2. Eddie Bethea (Active)
    2nd Generation
    1. Tom Ward

  3. Tadashi Yamashita (Inactive)
    2nd Generation
    1. Dan Schroder
      3rd Generation
      1. Neil Stolsmark
        4th Generation
        1. "Rocky" Stolsmark

  4. Jiro Shiroma (Inactive)
    2nd Generation
    1. Doug Perry

  5. Bob Herten (Inactive )
    2nd Generation
    1. Larry Schwartz
    2. Adam Hapacha
    3. Chuck Eroclano
    4. Dave Senak
    5. Ron Byrd

  6. Sid Campbell (Inactive)
    2nd Generation
    1. Jim Silvan
    2. Sabella
      3rd Generation
      1. Pat Haley
      2. Noujaim
        4th Generation
        1. Art Garcia
        2. Oscar Rivas
        3. Jay Pacheco
        4. Robert Rowley
        5. Mike Bell
        6. David Rogers
        7. Eric Vic
        8. Jeff Lamoure
        9. Pedro Gyuatan
        10. Peter Galeana
        11. Pepe Arellano
        12. Tony Tucker
        13. Phil Tabanaro
        14. Robert Sabella
    3. Esties
    4. Riley
    5. Ray Keller
      3rd Generation
      1. Charlie Dean

  7. Frank Hargrove (Inactive)
    1. 2nd Generation
      1. Eberhard Welch
        3rd Generation
        1. R. Willams
      2. CD Williamson
        3rd Generation
        1. Clint Green
      3. A. Hudgins
        3rd Generation
        1. Cheeseman
      4. C. Luzzi
        3rd Generation
        1. D. Aherns

Special Notes:

  •    Sensei Sam Ahtye is a 1st Generation
  •    T. Gavlin is a 4th Generation

  • Hanshi Doug Perry directed the Shorin-ryu Shorinkan assocation from 1997 to 2014
  • In 1970 he became head of the Shorin-ryu Shorinkan in the United States #1

In martial arts it is always important to remember where we came from, we should never lose sight or or forget who or teachers have been, they have helped form us.


Okinawan Shorin-ryu karate student and instructor