Lineage of the Shorin Styles

The Shorin Ryu style has its origins in the mid 1700's when Tode Sakagawa, an Okinawan, met Kusanku, a Chinese diplomat. In the early twentieth century the style split into the four modern branches.

Matsumura Seito Shorin Ryu the "family" or "orthodox" style
Shobayashi Shorin Ryu the "small forest" style
Kobayashi Shorin Ryu the "young forest" style
Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu the "pine forest" style

The following lists give the primary line of descent for the four Shorin Ryu styles. The founders or first people to use the current name are listed in bold.


Matsumura Seito Shorin Ryu   Kobayashi Shorin Ryu   Shobayashi/Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu
Tode Sakagawa   Tode Sakagawa   Tode Sakagawa
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Matsumura Chikuden Pechin Sokon
(Shorin Ryu)
  Matsumura Chikuden Pechin Sokon
(Shorin Ryu)
  Matsumura Chikuden Pechin Sokon
(Shorin Ryu)
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Matsumura Nabe
(Matsumura Shorin Ryu)
  Itosu "Anko" Yasutsune   Itosu "Anko" Yasutsune
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Soken Hohan
(Seito Matsumura Ryu)
  Chibana Chosin
(Kobayashi Shorin Ryu)
  Chotoku Kyan Chosin
(Shobayashi Shorin Ryu)
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Yuichi Kuda
(Matsumura Kenpo Shorin Ryu)
  Nakazato Shugoro   Nagamine Shoshin
(Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu)
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Phillip W. Koeppel
(Matsumura Seito Shorin Ryu)
      Nagamine Takayoshi
(Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu)