We practice Ryukyu Kyuryo Shorin-ryu in our Karate school. These are some important facts about Shorin-ryu:
- Shorin-ryu is the oldest system of Karate.
- Karate was started in the village of Shuri.
- Most karate is based on Shorin-ryu.
- Karate was created by the Pechin for self defense.
- The Pechin were scholar-officials.
- Karate was practiced in secret until the early 20th century.
- The original name for Karate was Ti or Te.
- Karate first appeared in Japan in 1922.
- Japanese Karate is now different than Shorin-ryu.
- There are only a few Shorin-ryu schools in Canada.
- Japanese karate is better known due to sport.
- Few Shorin-ryu schools compete.
- Competition is seen as conflicting with self defense.
Sensei Larkman created the Ryukyu Kyuryo Shorin-ryu system because there was no Shorin-ryu in Calgary.
Features of Ryukyu Kyuryo Shorin-ryu:
- Higher front stances.
- No turnout on back foot in zenkutsu dachi.
- Emphasis on precision in stance shifting.
- List of waza that are regularly practiced by all.
- Kata comprises 60% of training.
- Emphasis on slow practice of kata.
- Fast kata is reserved for presentation.
- Regular application practice linked to kata.
- Focus on physical fitness to support technique.
- Mostly older versions of kata.
- Mixture of Japanese and Okinawan terminology.
- Minimal bowing/ceremony.
- No ‘warrior’ / ‘budo’ type philosophy taught.
- Emphasis on defense of the individual.
- Use escalating response model for defense.
- Focus is only building strength, not cardio.
- Realistic defense, not tournament application.
- Emphasize response to common acts of violence.
- Honor the ‘mixed martial art’ tradition of Karate.
Updated: Thursday – June 1, 2017