BELTS, HISTORY & OTHER INFO EVERYTHING ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW
Grading (Belt) System
Title - Literal meaningSan (さん) - Mr / MsSenpai (先輩) - Senior (One who is senior)Sensei (先生) - Teacher (One who has gone before)Osensei (大先生) - Grandmaster / Founder (Great Teacher)
Positions within the dojoThese titles are used to identify instructors who hold special positions within the dojo or association.
Positions - DefinitionKancho (館長) - Branch Director / Dojo Owner (Sometimes also called a Shibucho 支部長)Honbucho (本部長) - National Director / Chief InstructorRijicho (理事長) - Association Board ChairmanFuku-Kaicho (副会長) - Association Vice-PresidentKaicho (会長) - Association PresidentSoke (宗家) - Headmaster / Head of style
Shogo System (Teaching Titles)These titles are given separate and in addition to the normal grade in order to recognise the ability of an experienced senior instructor. You do not verbally refer to someone using these titles. Shogo Title - Grade - Definition (Literal meaning) Shihan (師範) - Senior/Master Teacher (Model teacher)Renshi (錬士) - 6th Dan - Senior Instructor (Polished expert)Kyoshi (教士) - 7th & 8th Dan - Expert Instructor (Teaching expert)Hanshi (範士) - 9th & 10th Dan - Master Instructor (Model expert)Hanshisei (範士正) - Head of Style, 10th Dan - Senior Master Instructor (Senior model expert) The above terms are sometimes collectively referred to as 'Shihan' (師範).
Dojo Reishiki (Etiquette)
History: Karate & Kobudo
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 Karatedo Association. For more information on our lineage, continue to the bottom of this page. What is kobudo and Yamane-ryu? Kobudo (古武道) is the old martial way of Okinawa, and is synonymous with the weapon system of Okinawan martial arts. Kobudo originated in the indigenous fighting techniques of the Okinawan noble class, and from imported methods from China and surrounding regions. There are a variety of Okinawan kobudo systems, and many can train with anything from a single weapon to a dozen, with the most common being the rokushaku bo (6ft staff), sai (three-pronged truncheon), nunchaku (flail), tonfa (wooden baton), eku (wooden oar), kama (scythe), tekko (traditional knuckledusters), and tinbe-rochin (shield and short spear). Our style of Kobudo, Yamane-ryu (山根流) Kobudo employs swift but powerful circular motion, a distinct pattern of twisting thrusts, vibrant body dynamics and pliable footwork. Originating with noblemen such as Bushi Kanga Sakugawa and Ufuchiku Sanra Kinjo, the specific lineages we practised were handed down to Sanda Chinen and Chojo Oshiro, and Sensei Shosei Kina to Sensei Shinei Kyan and Sensei Hiroshi Kinjo. For more information on our lineage, continue to the bottom of this page. Our Dojo Name: The Kodokan (古道館) As mentioned above, Osensei Nagamine named his original dojo the "Kodokan" (興道館) and all Matsubayashi-ryu dojo in Okinawa continue this tradition. In our dojo, we honour this tradition by using a similar phonetic pronunciation that can also be read/pronounced as "Kodokan" (古道館) but translates slightly differently, to: "place of the old way" meaning our dojo is a place to study the traditional and classical martial arts.
Matsubayashi-ryu Karate KataFukyugata 1-2, Pinan 1-5, Naihanchi 1-3, Ananku, Wankan, Rohai, Wanshu, Passai, Gojushiho, Chinto, Kusanku. Kobudo KataIn the Cummings Karate Dojo, we preserve both the Matsubayashi-ryu and Yamane-ryu Bojutsu kata, such as the techniques from Shiromatsu, Shirotaro[taru], Shuji, Yonegawa, Sakugawa, and alike. We also practice a variety of sai, tonfa, nunchaku, eku, nichogama, tekko, and tinbe kata and two-person drills from the IRKRS Curriculum and some kata from the Ryukyu Kobudo system.