Shorin   is,   like   Shorei,   the   okinawan   name   for   the   monestry   of   Shaolin.   The   difference   between   Shorin   and   Shorei   is   to   see   in   the different   Art   of   Karate   like   it   is   known   from   the   regions   of   Shuri/Tomari   and   Naha.   Clearly   to   see   by   watching   the   typical   Kata   of these   regions.   The   Kata   of   Shuri-te   and   Tomari-te   follows   the   same   principles.   Though   we   find   different   versions   of   the   same   Kata. On   the   other   side   the   Kata   of   Naha   have   a   cleary   different   concept.   Because   of   this   it   is   possible   to   make   a   clear   seperation   between the Karate systems of Shorei (region of Naha) and the Karate of Shorin (region of Shuri and Tomari. The   principles   of   Shorin-Ryu   are   using   a   fast   and   straight   way   of   fighting   which   keeps   and   overcomes   distance.   Typical   for   the Shorin-Ryu   is   also   a   technique   to   make   a   diagonal   sidestep   to   go   out   of   the   way   of   the   oponents   attack,   like   we   find   it   in   different Kata (Heian Godan, Patsai, Chinto, Jion, Jiin, Kushanku). Also   ducking   to   the   ground,   foot   techniques   like   Ashi   Barai   in   turns   and   Kicks   to   the   face   are   specialities   of   the   Shorin-Ryu.   Not   as much   important   as   in   Naha-te   Shorin   Ryu   has   techniques   for   close   combat.   Levers   as   well   as   and   throwing   techniques.   Allthough   we find   these   techniques   in   the   Kata   of   Shorin-Ryu,   but   they   are   hidden   and   really   not   open   to   see.   So   the   practioner   often   don't   know if   he   is   doing   a   kind   of   lever   or   throwing   technique,   if   it   looks   like   a   Uke   or   punch.   Basicly   it   can   be   said   that   every   slow   done technique, or techniques which start slowly have some kind of hidden lever or throwing technique. The   baisc   of   the   Shorin-Ryu   is   the   Quan   Fa   from   Shaolin.   But   this   wasn't   a   singular   fighting   system.   It   gave   many   interpretations   of the   Quan   Fa,   imitating   the   fighting   Art   of   some   animals   like   tiger,   leopard,   dragon,   snake,   monkey   or   crane.   And   also   in   each   of   this methods we find different ways. Most important for the Karate of Okinawa ist the White Crane. Fact   is   that   the   Karate   systems   of   Shuri,   Tomari   and   Naha   based   on   the   knowledge   of   the   experts   of   chinese   Martial   Arts,   which   did spend a couple of years in Shuri, Tomar or Naha as members of chinese delegation. So   the   system   of   Shuri-te   is   uncutable   connected   with   the   chinese   master   Ko   So   Kun   (Ku   Shan   Ku),   who   handed   dwon   the   Kata Kushanku (The root Kata of the Shotokan version Kanku Dai). In   this   view   the   hand   down   of   this   Kata   to   the   Okinawa   fighting   expert   Tode   Sakugawa   was   the   beginning   of   the   Shorin-Ryu   lineage. Sakugawa did teach Sokon Matsumura, who was the teacher of Yasutsune Itosu, who was one of Gichin Funakoshi's teachers. In   this   lineage   the   school   of   Sokon   Matsumura   is   the   most   important   one.   So   his   version   of   Kata   Patsai   (Bassai),   today   known   as Matsumura Bassai, is the most advanced version of all Patsai Kata. In   Tomari,   close   to   Shuri,   was   the   school   of   Kosaku   Matsumora   and   Kokan   Oyadomari.   Both   masters   probably   did   learn   from   the chinese masters Shjonia and Anan (this Anan has nothing to do with the Ryuei-Ryu Kata Anan). So   the   version   of   the   Kata   Bassai,   Chinto,   Rohai   and   Wanshu   of   Tomari   are   very   different   to   the   versions   in   the   schools   of   Shuri.   It seems   that   the   Tomari   versions   wasn't   as   much   changed   from   the   chinese   original   as   that   has   been   done   in   Shuri.   So   the   Tomari Chinto,   which   is   also   done   today   in   the   school   of   Shihan   Kanazawa   called   as   Gankaku   Sho,   is   probably   the   older   and   more   chinese version of Chinto. But   in   some   reports   the   Gankaku   Sho   was   called   as   a   new   modern   Kata.   From   old   makes   new,   who   don't   know   the   old   must   believe that the old one is a new one. But maybe such kind of mistakes can help to make the old way of Karate desirous. The   story   about   the   development   of   Shorin-Ryu   is   more   versatile   as   the   history   of   Shorei-Ryu,   maybe   because   of   the   mix   between Shuri-te and Tomari-te. So in some schools we find more Shuri-te as Tomari-te, based on the Karate which the founder did prefere. Yasutsune   Itosu   did   take   over   a   lot   of   the   Tomari-te   Kata,   but   did   change   the   Kata   in   many   points,   or   did   create   new   versions.   Based on   the   Kata   Rohai,   he   did   create   the   Kata   Rohai   Shodan,   Rohai   Nidan   and   Rohai   Sandan.   The   Shotokan   Kata   Meikyo   has   been created from this Rohai Kata and is a summary of all three Kata. Also   Itosu   did   develop   the   Naifanchin.   This   was   in   former   times   a   very   long   Kata.   It   would   separate   maybe   first   in   the   Matsumura school, but mainly it seems to be Itosu who did complete the Naifanchin system to three Kata. The old and original very long form of Naifanchin   is   left   in   a   very   few   hands   of   old   masters   like   Kenei   Mabuni.   Bassai   Sho   and   Kosokun   Sho   are   creations   of   Itosu   and   in other schools of Shorin-Ryu like Kobayashi-Shorin-Ryu or Matsubayashi-Shorin-Ryu not common. Normally in Shorin-Ryu are used the Kata: Heian Shodan, Heian Nidan, Heian Sandan, Heian Yondan, Naifanchin Shodan, Naifanchin Nidan, Naifanchin Sandan Matsukaze (Wankan) Ananko Rohai Wanshu Patsai Chinto Gojushiho Kushanku Seishan, the basic of the Kata Hangetsu, mostly known in the Matsumura school. Jion, Jitte and Jiin we find in the Itosu school. Not   only   that   the   schools   of   Shorin-Ryu   has   different   main   points   in   the   curriculum   of   their   used   Kata.   Also   the   specialities   of   the skills of their founder have been a point. How   do   to   a   movement   or   ways   of   using   the   fist   are   depend   on   the   skills   and   body   of   a   person.   Is   someone   tall   or   small,   weak   or strong,   flexible,   light   or   heavy   body   weight?   So   a   small   fighter   will   use   a   fast   and   hidden   fighting   method   which   don't   give   a   big target. A tall and strong fighter can use a powerful fighting method which allows also to absorb the effect of an attack. In   this   view   Shorin-Ryu   is   not   equal   to   Shorin-Ryu.   Nevertheless   by   using   the   principles   of   the   Kata   the   basic   method   is   still   the same and makes clear that it is Shorin-Ryu. The   well   known   modern   versions   of   Karate   which   have   their   basics   in   Shorin-Ryu   are   the   Shotokan   and   Wado-Ryu.   The   relationship between   Wado-Ryu   and   the   old   "Shotokan"   of   Gichin   Funakoshi   are   much   closer   than   the   relationship   between   Shorin-Ryu   and   the modern version of Shotokan, which is far away from the original way of Shorin-Ryu. Also   the   Shorin-Ryu   is   a   big   part   of   the   Shito-Ryu   from   Kenwa   Mabuni,   which   also   includes   the   Shorei-Ryu   and   methods   of   the   white crane.
Shorin    is,    like    Shorei,    the    okinawan    name    for    the    monestry    of Shaolin.   The   difference   between   Shorin   and   Shorei   is   to   see   in   the different    Art    of    Karate    like    it    is    known    from    the    regions    of Shuri/Tomari   and   Naha.   Clearly   to   see   by   watching   the   typical   Kata of   these   regions.   The   Kata   of   Shuri-te   and   Tomari-te   follows   the same   principles.   Though   we   find   different   versions   of   the   same   Kata. On   the   other   side   the   Kata   of   Naha   have   a   cleary   different   concept. Because   of   this   it   is   possible   to   make   a   clear   seperation   between   the Karate   systems   of   Shorei   (region   of   Naha)   and   the   Karate   of   Shorin (region of Shuri and Tomari. The   principles   of   Shorin-Ryu   are   using   a   fast   and   straight   way   of fighting   which   keeps   and   overcomes   distance.   Typical   for   the   Shorin- Ryu   is   also   a   technique   to   make   a   diagonal   sidestep   to   go   out   of   the way   of   the   oponents   attack,   like   we   find   it   in   different   Kata   (Heian Godan, Patsai, Chinto, Jion, Jiin, Kushanku). Also   ducking   to   the   ground,   foot   techniques   like   Ashi   Barai   in   turns and   Kicks   to   the   face   are   specialities   of   the   Shorin-Ryu.   Not   as   much important   as   in   Naha-te   Shorin   Ryu   has   techniques   for   close   combat. Levers   as   well   as   and   throwing   techniques.   Allthough   we   find   these techniques   in   the   Kata   of   Shorin-Ryu,   but   they   are   hidden   and   really not   open   to   see.   So   the   practioner   often   don't   know   if   he   is   doing   a kind   of   lever   or   throwing   technique,   if   it   looks   like   a   Uke   or   punch. Basicly   it   can   be   said   that   every   slow   done   technique,   or   techniques which    start    slowly    have    some    kind    of    hidden    lever    or    throwing technique. The   baisc   of   the   Shorin-Ryu   is   the   Quan   Fa   from   Shaolin.   But   this wasn't   a   singular   fighting   system.   It   gave   many   interpretations   of the   Quan   Fa,   imitating   the   fighting   Art   of   some   animals   like   tiger, leopard,   dragon,   snake,   monkey   or   crane.   And   also   in   each   of   this methods   we   find   different   ways.   Most   important   for   the   Karate   of Okinawa ist the White Crane. Fact   is   that   the   Karate   systems   of   Shuri,   Tomari   and   Naha   based   on the   knowledge   of   the   experts   of   chinese   Martial   Arts,   which   did spend   a   couple   of   years   in   Shuri,   Tomar   or   Naha   as   members   of chinese delegation. So   the   system   of   Shuri-te   is   uncutable   connected   with   the   chinese master    Ko    So    Kun    (Ku    Shan    Ku),    who    handed    dwon    the    Kata Kushanku (The root Kata of the Shotokan version Kanku Dai). In   this   view   the   hand   down   of   this   Kata   to   the   Okinawa   fighting expert   Tode   Sakugawa   was   the   beginning   of   the   Shorin-Ryu   lineage. Sakugawa   did   teach   Sokon   Matsumura,   who   was   the   teacher   of Yasutsune Itosu, who was one of Gichin Funakoshi's teachers. In   this   lineage   the   school   of   Sokon   Matsumura   is   the   most   important one.    So    his    version    of    Kata    Patsai    (Bassai),    today    known    as Matsumura Bassai, is the most advanced version of all Patsai Kata. In   Tomari,   close   to   Shuri,   was   the   school   of   Kosaku   Matsumora   and Kokan   Oyadomari.   Both   masters   probably   did   learn   from   the   chinese masters   Shjonia   and   Anan   (this   Anan   has   nothing   to   do   with   the Ryuei-Ryu Kata Anan). So   the   version   of   the   Kata   Bassai,   Chinto,   Rohai   and   Wanshu   of Tomari   are   very   different   to   the   versions   in   the   schools   of   Shuri.   It seems   that   the   Tomari   versions   wasn't   as   much   changed   from   the chinese   original   as   that   has   been   done   in   Shuri.   So   the   Tomari Chinto,   which   is   also   done   today   in   the   school   of   Shihan   Kanazawa called   as   Gankaku   Sho,   is   probably   the   older   and   more   chinese version of Chinto. But   in   some   reports   the   Gankaku   Sho   was   called   as   a   new   modern Kata.   From   old   makes   new,   who   don't   know   the   old   must   believe that   the   old   one   is   a   new   one.   But   maybe   such   kind   of   mistakes   can help to make the old way of Karate desirous. The   story   about   the   development   of   Shorin-Ryu   is   more   versatile   as the   history   of   Shorei-Ryu,   maybe   because   of   the   mix   between   Shuri- te   and   Tomari-te.   So   in   some   schools   we   find   more   Shuri-te   as Tomari-te, based on the Karate which the founder did prefere. Yasutsune   Itosu   did   take   over   a   lot   of   the   Tomari-te   Kata,   but   did change   the   Kata   in   many   points,   or   did   create   new   versions.   Based on   the   Kata   Rohai,   he   did   create   the   Kata   Rohai   Shodan,   Rohai   Nidan and   Rohai   Sandan.   The   Shotokan   Kata   Meikyo   has   been   created   from this Rohai Kata and is a summary of all three Kata. Also   Itosu   did   develop   the   Naifanchin.   This   was   in   former   times   a very   long   Kata.   It   would   separate   maybe   first   in   the   Matsumura school,    but    mainly    it    seems    to    be    Itosu    who    did    complete    the Naifanchin   system   to   three   Kata.   The   old   and   original   very   long   form of   Naifanchin   is   left   in   a   very   few   hands   of   old   masters   like   Kenei Mabuni.   Bassai   Sho   and   Kosokun   Sho   are   creations   of   Itosu   and   in other     schools     of     Shorin-Ryu     like     Kobayashi-Shorin-Ryu     or Matsubayashi-Shorin-Ryu not common. Normally in Shorin-Ryu are used the Kata: Heian Shodan, Heian Nidan, Heian Sandan, Heian Yondan, Naifanchin Shodan, Naifanchin Nidan, Naifanchin Sandan Matsukaze (Wankan) Ananko Rohai Wanshu Patsai Chinto Gojushiho Kushanku Seishan,    the    basic    of    the    Kata    Hangetsu,    mostly    known    in    the Matsumura school. Jion, Jitte and Jiin we find in the Itosu school. Not   only   that   the   schools   of   Shorin-Ryu   has   different   main   points   in the   curriculum   of   their   used   Kata.   Also   the   specialities   of   the   skills   of their founder have been a point. How   do   to   a   movement   or   ways   of   using   the   fist   are   depend   on   the skills   and   body   of   a   person.   Is   someone   tall   or   small,   weak   or   strong, flexible,   light   or   heavy   body   weight?   So   a   small   fighter   will   use   a   fast and   hidden   fighting   method   which   don't   give   a   big   target.   A   tall   and strong   fighter   can   use   a   powerful   fighting   method   which   allows   also to absorb the effect of an attack. In   this   view   Shorin-Ryu   is   not   equal   to   Shorin-Ryu.   Nevertheless   by using   the   principles   of   the   Kata   the   basic   method   is   still   the   same and makes clear that it is Shorin-Ryu. The   well   known   modern   versions   of   Karate   which   have   their   basics   in Shorin-Ryu    are    the    Shotokan    and    Wado-Ryu.    The    relationship between   Wado-Ryu   and   the   old   "Shotokan"   of   Gichin   Funakoshi   are much    closer    than    the    relationship    between    Shorin-Ryu    and    the modern   version   of   Shotokan,   which   is   far   away   from   the   original   way of Shorin-Ryu. Also   the   Shorin-Ryu   is   a   big   part   of   the   Shito-Ryu   from   Kenwa Mabuni,   which   also   includes   the   Shorei-Ryu   and   methods   of   the white crane. Known Schools of Shorei-Ryu Matsubayashi-Shorin-Ryu, Kobayashi-Shorin-Ryu
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Shorin Ryu
Known Schools of Shorei-Ryu
Matsubayashi-Shorin-Ryu, Kobayashi-Shorin-Ryu
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Shorin Ryu