The Ryukyu Islands in Japan are a martial art site.
The island of Okinawa was the birthplace of karate. On the ancient Chinese island of Okinawa, Okinawa’s Chinese artisans regularly received Chinese artistic influences from sailors and sailors. Meanwhile, the “tea” and “Jutsu” martial arts of Okinawa at the time blended with Chinese martial arts and laid the foundation for a great craft. It was called “Tho De,” meaning “Chinese hand.”
Born in 1733 in the Shourie region of Okinawa, Sakugawa Kanga began his martial arts studies with Paidin Takahara, a Chinese martial artist who laid the foundations for karate, then known as “Tho De”.He was named Tho De Sakugawa by Master Takahara on his deathbed.
Tho De Sakugawa is hailed as the father of karate. His master student, Sokon Matsumura, further strengthened Sakugawa’s fighting tradition and strengthened the Shuri tradition. Inspired by Chinese martial arts, Kanrio Higashi Onna, born in 1851, developed the “Naha” tradition associated with the Naha region with soft movements and breathing exercises.
Born in 1888, Chojun Miyagi was his principal student. Miyagi is the creator of the “Goju-Ryu” style, known as the “Rough and Sweet Way.”Kokasu Matsumura, the craftsman, was the founder of the “Tomari Tea” tradition, which originated in the Tomari region.
At that time, the martial art of To De or karate was divided into Shuri and Tomari regions. The Shorin Ryu style is based on the Sokon Matsumura combination of Shurite and Tomari tea traditions.
Shorin Ryu, which means “pine forest style,” was the style of karate around the world. Accordingly, the Shorin Ryu style is more important than the world’s first karate style.