Matsumora Orthodox Shorin Ryu is a style of martial art that was brought to Okinawan by a Chinese envoy named Kusanku. In Okinawa, Kusanku’s style was combined with the local style of boxing named Te (hand) and became known as Kara-Te (first China Hand and then Empty Hand). Bushi Matsumura, the royal bodyguard of the Okinawan king, perfected this art and handed it down through direct family lineage. The style was first popularized by Gitchen Funakoshi, an Okinawan Master who brought Karate to mainland Japan. Karate was further popularized by US soldiers who were stationed in Okinawa after the war and began training with Okinawan masters. Our dojo teaches the original katas that were developed by Matsumura. These kata stress the actual combat applications of the art, including nerve strikes, grappling, body alignment and pressure point techniques.
Charateristics of Matsumora Orthodox Shorin Ryu
At Kobukan Karate Academy, you’ll learn Okinawan katas and self-defense techniques that incorporate hand strikes, elbow strikes, kicks, knees, joint locks, and throws. For practical purposes, some techniques from Muay Thai and Brazilian Jujitsu are incorporated in order to provide students effective techniques to defend against a broad range of attacks. We incorporate body conditioning, calisthenics, sparring, and breaking to build confidence, focus, strength, and speed. Students will progress at a rate that is comfortable for them and will only be asked to perform at a level that is appropriate to their limitations, strengths, and weaknesses. Training and requirements can be modified to account for any life circumstances. Please freely ask for any accommodations that you require and let your instructor know of any injuries you have at the start of each class.