The art of Matsubayashi-Ryu was founded in 1947 by O’Sensei Shoshin Nagamine. The WMKA was established by him to preserve and perpetuate the art. It has branches throughout the world. As his father’s successor, Soke Takayoshi Nagamine dedicated himself to preserving his father’s teachings and the legacy of Matsubayashi-Ryu. After the loss of Soke Nagamine, the WMKA board elected Yoshitaka Taira, Hanshi, 10th Dan to serve as the current WMKA President.
The art of Matsubayashi-Ryu was founded in 1947 by Osensei Shoshin Nagamine (1907–1997). Matsubayashi-Ryu is a form of Shorin-Ryu, which in turn is one of the major styles of Okinawan Karate-Do.
“Matsubayashi” is the Okinawan/Japanese pronunciation of the ideograms for “Pine Forest.” “Matsu” means “pine” and “Hayashi” means “forest.” When the two words are put together, the “H” of Hayashi is pronounced as “B,” hence Matsubayashi. “Shorin” is the Chinese pronunciation of the same ideograms. The origin of this name is the Shaolin Temple in China. “Ryu” translates as style or system. Literally, it means “river,” which conveys the image that an art is a living, flowing thing.
Nagamine Sensei’s most influential teachers were Ankichi Arakaki, Chotoku Kyan and Choki Motobu (shown above). Nagamine Sensei named his school “Matsubayashi” in honor of two great Sensei who taught the latter two of these teachers: Sokon “Bushi” Matsumura and Kosaku Matsumora. Incidentally, Nagamine Sensei’s nickname growing up was Gaajuu Maachuu (sometimes Chippai Matsu), meaning “tenacious pine tree.”
The art of Matsubayashi-ryu was founded in 1947 by Osensei Shoshin Nagamine (1907-1997) Hanshi, 10th dan.
Matsubayashi-ryu is a style of Shorin-ryu, 昭林流 , which was one of the two original styles of Okinawan Karate-Do.
After the death of Grand master Shoshin Nagamine on 2nd of November 1997, his son, Soke Takayoshi Nagamine, Hanshisei, 10th dan; as his fathers successor, headed the World Matsubayashi-ryu Karate Association until his death on the 25th of April 2012.
On the 9th of June 2012 Yoshitaka Taira, Hanshi 10th dan was elected President (Kaicho) of the World Matsubayashi-ryu Karate Association (WMKA) and now heads the organisation.
World Matsubayashi-Ryu (Shorin-Ryu) Karate-Do Association Headquarters
Kodokan Taira Karate Dojo
Kaicho Yoshitaka Taira, Hanshi, 10th Dan. WMKA President