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Matsubayashi Ryu Karate Do

Matsubayashi Ryu Kata

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Matsubayashi-Ryu karate can trace it's lineage from Chinese Gung-Fu to the original Okinawan karate; Koryu Uchinadi-Ryu karate & Yamane Ryu Kobudo. This "original" Okinawan Shorin Ryu karate infuses the movements and stylings from the Five Animals  Chuan Fa of Shaolin, indigenous fighting art of Te (hand) and Tuite (grappling). This was the primary fighting form developed around the villages of Shuri and Tomari on Okinawa.  The Matsubayashi-Ryu system was created by Grandmaster Shoshin Nagamine (15 July 1907 – 2 November 1997), in 1947 named in honor of Sokon Matsumura and Kosaku Matsumora.

Nagamine Sensei was a student under the greatest Masters of the time in Okinawa, Chotoku Kyan, Choki Motobu, and Ankichi Arakaki. In 1941 Sensei Nagamine created the universal kata Fukyu Gata Ichi which is the first kata taught in this system.

 
Fukyu Gata Ichi
Fukyu Gata Ni
Pinan Shodan
Pinan Nidan
Pinan Sandan
Pinan Yondan
Pinan Godan
Naihanchi Shodan
Naihanchi Nidan
Naihanchi Sandan
Ananku
Wankan
Wanshu
Passai
Rohai
Gojushiho
Chinto
Kusanku
Yakusoku Kumite 1-5
Yamane Ryu Kobudo
Matsusoden Kobukan is an affiliated member of the Shorin Ryu Karate Do International
headed by Sensei Jerry Figgiani and  Takeshi Tamaki Sensei of Okinawa.
 http://www.srkdi.com/srkdi-affiliate-dojo-s.html 
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Fukyugata Ichi- (Universal Kata One) This is the first kata in the Matsubayashi curriculum. It was created by Grand Master Shoshin Nagamine  as an introduction kata for new students and is now one of two tribute katas celebrated in Okinawa during national festivals. 
Fukyugata Ni- (Universal Kata Two) This is the second kata in the Matsubayashi curriculum. It was created by Grand Master Chojin Miyagi of the Goju Ryu School and is called Gekisai Dai Ichi. It was created in collaboration with Nagamine Sensei for the Emperor of Japan in 1941.  It is now the second of two tribute katas celebrated in Okinawa during national festivals. 
Naihanchi Shodan - The first kata of a three kata series.  Naihanchi kata is the principal foundation of the Shorin Ryu schools of Karate. Created by or brought to Okinawan by Sokon "Bushi" Matsumura during the 19th century from China. It is the basis to the fighting system and is considered in Okinawan karate to be essential to the study of the art form.
Pinan Shodan - The first kata of a  five kata series.  The Pinan kata contain many of the core fighting and defensive concepts and principles of Shorin Ryu system of self defense.  These forms are required for all levels below the Black Belt Ranking. 
Passai - This is one of the oldest Shorin Ryu katas in existence in Okinawan Karate lineage. The Matsubayashi version is from the Tomari Village and represents the flavor of the style of karate practiced. The kata's meaning is "To break through or extracts of a fortress" .  This is an advanced kata and begins to teach the transition into the mid-level Black belt understanding.  The use of the shuto (knife hand) technique is prevalent through out the kata. 
Rohai (Crane Standing on a Rock) - Rohai kata origins come from the Tomari Village of Okinawa. This kata resembles the leg movements of the crane (Tsuru)  standing on one leg.  Balance and coordination are essential elements when performing this kata. Fleet of foot agility, quick  and snapping movements in kicking and striking technique are the signature of this kata. This is an advanced kata and begins to teach the transition into the mid-level Black belt understanding of the softer side of the Shorin Ryu  fighting concepts.  
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