Shorin Ryu Karatedo International, an association of traditional martial artists united to better understand the history and culture of Okinawan Karate through the practice of kata and bunkai. The organization's focus is to preserve the history and tradition of our pioneers.
SRKDI is a karate organization linking practitioners of Okinawan karate from all over the world. We strive to explore, study, and celebrate the traditional martial arts, while analyzing the various movements within the context of practical self-defense and dynamic martial arts.
In August 2015, Sensei Takeshi Tamaki became the official Technical Director of Shorin Ryu Karatedo International. Tamaki Sensei brings amazing skills, knowledge, and history to the organisation, as he is the most senior student to come out of the Nagamine Dojo.
Tamaki Sensei was born on September 12, 1940, in the Philippines while his family was in exile during World War II. He moved to Okinawa in 1946 after the war, and in 1955, at the age of 15, he started training in Karate under Shoshin Nagamine, the founder of Matsubayashi-Ryu. He began training because he felt that it was the best way to become strong.
In 1958 Tamaki Sensei moved to mainland Japan where he continued his training under Shukumine Gensei until returning to Okinawa in 1961. At that time, Tamaki Sensei resumed his training at the Nagamine Dojo and began traveling to perform seminars around the world. He traveled to Hawaii and San Fransisco with Nagamine Sensei in 1978 and to New York in 1993 and 1994. He traveled to Argentina, also, in 1994 and to Ohio in 1996. In 1997, he visited Canada with Kensei Taba and Takayoshi Nagamine.
Jerry Figgiani, 8th dan, is the President and Founder of Shorin Ryu Karatedo International. He comes from a strong lineage of Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu practitioners who have followed the footsteps of Shoshin Nagamine. He has been training in karate since 1977 and has been teaching for over 25 years. Through his extensive background and training in the martial arts, he has developed a unique way of bringing the kata to life. He is a sought-after seminar instructor who has the ability to enable students to understand not only the kata, but the function and application, thus making his seminars universal to any system.
Sensei Figgiani has trained with Grandmaster Nagamine and in 1991 was a participant in the demonstration ceremony for his 85th birthday and the 55th anniversary of the Nagamine Dojo. At that time he traveled with his Sensei, Joseph Carbonara, who was a world delegate for the World Matsubayashi Karate Federation.