Okinawan Karate and Kobudo Dojo






History of Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan Karate

The origins of Okinawan karate date back to the 18th and 19th century. Literally meaning "Chinese hand or empty hand", karate became the accepted term for the empty-handed system of self-defense of Okinawa. Prior to that time period, it is believed that when Okinawa was invaded by Japan (the two were independent countries) there may have been a ban on all weapons, and confiscation of all the Okinawans' weapons. Without any weapons to defend themselves, the Okinawans practiced empty-handed self-defense techniques in order to defend themselves from the armed Japanese invaders. The self-defense system they developed was called te, and over time evolved into a more sophisticated form of martial arts which is known as karate.  On the main island of Okinawa, karate developed in three major cities Shuri, Naha, and Tomari, which are all located within a few miles of each other. The early styles of karate were named after the cities where it was practiced; Shuri-te, Naha-te, and Tomari-te. Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan is a small branch which evolved from the Shuri-te system of fighting.