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Shobu Shorin-Ryu - (sometimes 'Shobu-Ryu' for short but actually full name is 'Shuri Te Shorin Kai Karate Do') and is a branch of Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate of the Shuri tradition (originally "Shobu" - is possibly an early misspelling of 'Shubu' from Shubukan - as there are many kata similarities with that organization) with my instructor being functionally influenced by Judo and Shotokan while developing self-defense applications and teaching here in the states and so he tended to prefer those wider Japanese stances and standing throws.
Alternately, you may note from the Japanese, 'Sho' translates as ''first'' and Bu means ''martial'' or literally to ''block a spear'' and 'Ryu' typically represents "path" or ''school'', so we typically prefer to loosely refer to ourselves as 'Shobu-Ryu' or "school of the first warrior".

Shōbū-Ryū ( 初 武 流 ) “first warrior style” is a style that strives to stay true to its historical Shuri-te roots (one of the three traditional core styles of old Okinawa, named after Shuri, the capital at the time), while attempting to teach and keep in the Japanese "Shitei-ai" tradition (roughly translated 'the student is family').

Thomas Jr., Sensei – Sandan, (3rd dan)
Shobu Shorin-Ryu Karate-do

I received my shodan (first black belt) in 1986 and my subsequent dans (1990 and 1993) from the Central Valley Shobu-ryu school, that provided classes initially at the Lemoore Naval Air Station in California under sensei Enrique "Hank" Ybarra - 6th dan (1933-2005), who was rumored to have studied under Hohan Soken while in Argentina "Matsumura Shuri-te" and later received his advancements while studying in Japan. My personal advancements were recorded in the 80’s and early 90’s while in good standing with the Armed Forces Karate Assoc. headquarted in California and the OSTSK Assoc. headquartered in Sasebo Japan.



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