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Shorin-ryu Kempo Karate


Shorin-Ryu is one of the two original Karate styles formally systematized in Okinawa and is believed to have had the most influence on the development of all modern Karate systems.

Following its emergence in Okinawa, Shorin-Ryu broke into three main branches being: Shobayashi-Ryu (small forest school) first taught by Chotoku Kyan; Kobayashi-Ryu (young forest school) first taught by Choshin Chibana; and Matsubayashi-Ryu (pine forest school) first taught by Shoshin Nagamine. All three names refer to the original Shaolin Temple in China and all three are considered forms of Shorin-Ryu or 'Shaolin Way'.