Choshin Chibana


Choshin Chibana

Choshin Chibana



Where Trained



Anko Itosu


The creator of the Kobayashi-ryū & Shorin-ryū styles of karate, was Choshin Chibana (1885-1969), a top pupil of Anko Itosu (1831-1915), the great master of the Shuri-te style.

Kanga Sakugawa (commonly known as Todi Sakugawa), Sokon Matsumura and others went to China and learned Kenpo there. Returning to Okinawa, they brought Kenpo into the Okinawan Te and systematized the two styles into one. That was then passed on to Choshin Chibana through Anko Itosu, and was named 'Shorin-ryu' in 1933.

You may be interested in some books about the Shorin-ryu style;-

Shorin-Ryu: Okinawan Karate Question and Answer Book The Essence of Okinawan Karate-do (Shorin-Ryu)

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