Shobu Shorin-Ryu Karate Do
Shobu Shorin-Ryu is a branch of Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate
of the Shuri tradition (Shobu - is possibly an early misspelling of
Shubukan) with my instructor influenced by Shotokan while here in
the states. (alternately, Sho-“first”, Bu-“martial” or literally to
block a spear , and Ryu-“school”; so "school of the first warrior").
Shōbū-Ryū ( 初 武 流 ) “first warrior style” a style that strives to
stay true to its historical Shuri-te roots, while attempting to
teach in the Shitei-ai tradition.
–Thomas Jr., Sensei – Sandan, 3rd dan Shobu Shorin-Ryu Karate-do
I received my shodan in 1986 and my subsequent dans (1990 and 1993)
from the Central Valley Shobu-ryu school, from classes provided
initially at the Lemoore Naval Air Station, CA under sensei Enrique
"Hank" Ybarra - 6th dan. My advancements were recorded in the
late 80’s early 90’s while in good standing with the Armed Forces
Karate Assoc. and the OSTSK headquartered out of Sasebo Japan.
(Updated August 9, 2019)
-- Prepared by Sensei Tom, - Sandan, 3rd dan Shorin-ryu Karate-do
Okinawan Shuri-Te Shorin Kai Karate-do