Lineage


A family tree of my lineage, from MALineage.com--click on the image to check out the site!

A family tree of my lineage, from MALineage.com–click on the image to check out the site!

Shorin-Ryu (小林琉, Kobayashi-Ryu) is my primary style of karate, and was founded by Chibana Chosin. My lineage is as follows:

 

“Tode” Sakugawa Kanga

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“Bushi” Matsumura Sokon

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“Anko” Itosu Yasutsune

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Chibana Chosin

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Nakazato Shugoro

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Eddie Bethea

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Richard Poage

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Noah Legel

The Shorin-Ryu organization I belong to is the Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan, which was founded by Nakazato Shugoro. All of the kata were passed down from Itosu to Chibana, unless otherwise noted. The kata curriculum of the Shorinkan is as follows:

  1. Kihon Ippon – Created by Chibana Chosin
  2. Kihon Nihon – Created by Chibana Chosin
  3. Kihon Sanbon – Created by Chibana Chosin
  4. Fukyu no Kata – Created by Nakazato Shugoro
  5. Naihanchi Shodan
  6. Naihanchi Nidan
  7. Naihanchi Sandan
  8. Pinan Shodan
  9. Pinan Nidan
  10. Pinan Sandan
  11. Pinan Yondan
  12. Pinan Godan
  13. Passai Sho (Itosu Passai)
  14. Passai Dai (Tawada/Matsumura Passai) – Added by Chibana Chosin, from the Suidi (Shuri-te) of the Tawada family
  15. Kusanku Sho (Itosu Kusanku)
  16. Kusanku Dai (Matsumura Kusanku)
  17. Gojushiho – Added by Nakazato Shugoro, from the Shito-Ryu of Iju Seiichi
  18. Gorin – Created by Nakazato Shugoro

KishimotoDi is an art that I began learning about in 2013, and began training in 2014. It is a Suidi (Shuri-te) system that is related to Shorin-Ryu, but falls more in the “soft art” category. I currently hold no ranking in the style, but I feel that it is an important part of my personal approach to karate. My lineage is as follows:

“Tode” Sakugawa Kanga

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“Bushi” Tachimura/Takemura

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Kishimoto Soko

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Higa Seitoku

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Higa Kiyohiko

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Ulf Karlsson

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Noah Legel

 

KishimotoDi has a very small kata curriculum, consisting of only the following:

  1. Tachimura no Naihanchi
  2. Nidanbu – Created by Kishimoto Soko
  3. Tachimura no Passai
  4. Tachimura no Kusanku

 

I originally got my start in karate through training in Shuri-Ryu, which is an eclectic style of karate founded by Robert Trias. My lineage is as follows:

Robert Trias

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Joseph Walker

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Joseph Johnston & Kevin Skoien

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Noah Legel

During my study of Shuri-Ryu, I reached the rank of sankyu (3rd degree brown belt), and learned the following kata from the system:

  1. Taikyoku Ichi
  2. Taikyoku Ni
  3. Taikyoku San
  4. Wansu
  5. Anaku
  6. Naihanchi Sho
  7. Enpi Sho
  8. Sanchin

Additionally, Shuri-Ryu contains the following kata, which I did not learn:

  1. Bassai Dai
  2. Go Pei Sho
  3. Dan Enn Sho
  4. Naihanchi Ni
  5. Nan Dan Sho (Nijushiho/Niseishi)
  6. Kanku Sho
  7. Naihanchi San
  8. Tensho
  9. Shudo So
  10. Hakutsuru

Over the course of my studies, I have also picked up additional kata from other systems. The following are the ones I can still perform:

  1. Seiyunchin (Shito-Ryu)
  2. Tensho (Goju-Ryu)
  3. Rokkishu (Takemyoshi-Ha Karate)
  4. Gekisai (Goju-Ryu)

 

Judo (柔道) is a grappling art that was founded by Kano Jigoro, which I studied for 4 years, earning the rank of gokyu (green belt), although I learned the curriculum up to what was required for shodan (1st degree black belt). In addition to learning judo through my Shuri-Ryu lineage, I also studied judo through the following lineage:

 

Kano Jigoro

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Sato Jushinsai & Yamauchi Toshitaka

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Hagio Tasuke

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Isao Wada

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Adrian Rivera & Ramon Rivera

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Noah Legel