- No idle chatter, smoking, alcohol, eating or chewing gum etc. in the dojo. Fingernails and toenails should be cut short and clean, jewellery removed or taped over in order to prevent injury.
- All karateka must bow and greet instructors. When entering the dojo, you should greet the instructor by walking up to them and saying ‘Hello sensei’, or in Japanese: ‘Ohayo’ (morning), ‘Konnichiwa’ (afternoon), ‘Konbanwa’ (evening).
- If the instructor is not present when you enter the dojo, when you first see them you should stop what you are doing, and greet them as specified above.
- All karateka must bow before entering and upon leaving the dojo. To those who practice karate the dojo is sacred place. We bow when entering the dojo to affirm our intention to train hard and seriously, and we bow when leaving to show thanks for a good training session.
- Please arrive at least five minutes before the scheduled start of class.
- All instruction from the instructor or designated instructors must be followed. Acknowledge criticism or instructions given by responding with ‘Hai’ (yes) or ‘Wakarimasu’ (I understand).
- A karate-gi or loose comfortable clothing (if you do not have a karate-gi) must be worn. No socks or shoes are permitted on the dojo floor.
- Call your instructors ‘sensei’ and black belts or senior students ‘Mr’ or ‘Miss’. This form of address should be reflected in communication such as letters or emails as well.
- Do not stand with your hands on your waist or crossed. You should stand with your hands relaxed by your side. Do not lean against walls or sit down without being instructed to do so. When sitting always sit in seiza or cross-legged.
- In all practice, emphasis is placed on control, accuracy and with an appropriate level of contact – remembering that Karate is a combat art and method of self-defence.
- Do not attempt to learn or teach new forms without the expressed permission of the instructor.
- The dojo is to be kept clean by all students. Ensure the floor is clear and clean before class, and swept after class. Each student should do their part to contribute to a proper training environment.
- If you arrive late, sit in seiza (formal sitting position) at the back of the dojo until acknowledged by the instructor. Bow and say ‘shitsurei shimasu’ (excuse me for being late), then join the class (or quickly warm-up if needed).
- Immediately report any injury or illness to the instructor.
- All karateka must stay inside the dojo. Inform the instructor if you must leave the dojo, and then follow the normal procedures. It is important that once junior students enter the dojo, they should focus on training and not continually interact/converse with their parents or family who are not on the dojo floor (this is to help develop confidence).
- Ensure you work hard every lesson and practice with the intent to improve weaknesses. Practice a technique in the exact manner you’d apply it.
- Each student is considered an integral part of the dojo. Should it become necessary to discontinue training for any reason, please notify the instructor. This is so we may have an accurate and up-to-date record of all students. Students who leave respectfully are always welcomed back.
- Any incidents which are violent in manner, whether physical or otherwise should be reported to the instructor within 24 hours. Failure to report incidents in this nature may cause harm to the dojo or fellow karateka and could result in expulsion from the Association.
While Matsubayashi-ryu (松林流) Karate did not exist before Osensei Shoshin Nagamine founded it, its beginnings had existed for hundreds of years before. Matsubayashi-ryu can trace its lineage from Chinese Gung-Fu and the original Okinawan Karate. The original Okinawan Karate was named "to-te" which means "Chinese hand" (唐手) , and was divided into Shuri-Te (首里手), Naha-Te (那覇手) and Tomari-Te (泊手). Shorin-ryu was primarily developed from a combination of Shuri-Te and Tomari-Te forms, and is now divided into the four schools; Matsumura Seito (Pine Village Orthodox 松村正), Kobayashi-ryu (Little Forest 小林流), Shobayashi-ryu (Little Forest 少林流), Matsubayashi-ryu (Pine Forest 松林流). In 1936 the term "Te" was changed by Okinawan masters who met, and agreed on the term "karate" which means "empty hand", as they felt it reflected the nature of the art better.
Osensei Nagamine named his school in recognition of masters which he viewed as two of the most important and influential forbearers of Shorin-ryu. These people were Master Sokon Matsumura and Master Kosaku Matsumora. The name which Osensei Nagamine chose for his school comes from the kanji characters that can be pronounced in Japanese either as "Matsubayashi" or as "Shorin". Most people refer to it as "Matsubayashi" as to avoid confusion with the other "Shorin" associations.
"Matsubayashi-ryu Kodokan Karate and Ancient Martial Arts Studies" was the official formation of the Matsubayashi-ryu in 1947 by Osensei Nagamine. Matsubayashi is the Okinawan pronunciation of the words for "Pine Forest". "Matsu" meaning "Pine" and "Hayashi" meaning "Forest", however when the two words are placed together the "H" of "Hayashi" is pronounced as a "B" turning it into "Matsubayashi". Furthermore, "Shorin" is the Japanese pronunciation of Chinese word "Shaolin", which comes from the Shaolin Buddhist Temple in China. "Ryu" (流) is means style or school, however the literally meaning is "stream" or "flow" which apparently reflected Osensei Nagamine's thoughts of karate, and specifically Matsubayashi-ryu is a living, and flowing thing.
According to documentation another theory to how the name was formed is that Osensei Nagamine's nickname was "Gaajuu Maachuu" which was sometimes pronounced "Chippai Matsu", which means "tenacious pine tree".
Osensei Shoshin Nagamine was the founder (or 1st Soke) of Matsubayashi-ryu. Following his passing in 1997, his son, Sensei Takayoshi Nagamine (or 2nd Soke) continued his legacy until his passing in 2012. After the passing of the 2nd Soke, an association-based model was adopted with Sensei Yoshitaka Taira becoming Kaicho (President), Sensei Toshimitsu Arakaki becoming Fuku-Kaicho (Vice-President) of the World Matsubayashi-ryu Karate-do Association.
To see Sensei Reece's lineage, see the instructors page.