|Copyright icon of Seiyo Kai Shorin-Ryu Karate shows kanji layered on top|
of the Shorin-Ryu karate three-bladed icon. The 3rd and 4th kanji from the
top refer to the Shaolin-si monastery where kung fu originated in China.
|Satsuma Samurai of Japan conquered Okinawa in 1609|
|Kanji used to describe karate are translated as 'kara' and 'te'. Pencil sketch|
by Soke Hausel.
|A path in martial arts can lead to many places in one's life. Be sure to |
pick the right path.
Soon different ryu (styles) were named. For example, Shuri-te was renamed Shorin-ryu to emphasize its roots at the Shaolin temple. Naha-te was renamed Goju-ryu (hard-soft syle) to emphasize the mechanics of the karate style. Much of Tomari-te was lost over time, but some tomari-te kata (forms) remain incorporated into various shorin-ryu schools.
|Training in karate kata bunkai (pragmatic applications) at the Arizona |
Hombu dojo in Mesa. Bunkai technique from Naihanchi Shodan kata.
Photo @Soke Hausel
|"Master Cho" @ pencil sketch by Soke Hausel|
|"Gichin Funakoshi" @ pencil sketch by Soke|