Basic History and Knowledge

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Name of the systemMatsubayashi-ryu Shorin-ryu Okinawa Karate do
Number of katas in our system18 (+1: Fukyugata San “the Forbidden Kata”)
Current GrandmasterSoke Yoshitaka Taira
Founder of the systemO’Sensei Shoshin Nagamine
Second GrandmasterSoke Takayoshi Nagamine
Birthdate of O’Sensei NagamineJuly 15, 1907
O’Sensei Nagamine’s first teacherSensei Chojin Kuba
O’Sensei Nagamine’s nicknameGaajuu Maachu -or- Chippai¬†Matsu
Meaning Tenacious Pine Tree
O’Sensei Nagamine’s three main influencesSensei Ankichi Arakaki
Sensei Chotoku Kyan
Sensei Choki Motobu
Who is Sensei Anko ItosuBrought karate into Japanese high schools
Composed all five Pinan katas
Who is Sensei Ansei UeshiroFirst Okinawan representative sent to the U.S. 
Composed Fukyugata San and Oyo Tan Ren
Founder of Pine Forest Way KarateSensei Will Wilkerson
Founder of our dojo (at the armory)Sensei Ray Walker
Sensei Walker’s lineageSensei Ray Walker
Sensei Larry Williams
Sensei Robert Henderson
O’Sensei Shoshin Nagamine
WALKING WILL HELP NOW
Where is our system fromTomari Village in Naha City on the island of Okinawa (part of the Ryukyu Island Chain)
Who is Sensei James WaxFirst American representative sent from Okinawa
Succession of movementEyes, feet, hands
Fukyugata IchiComposed in 1940 by O’Sensei Nagamine
Means “Promotional Kata”
Fukyugata NiComposed in 1940 by Sensei Chojun Miyagi

Fukyugata SanComposed in 1960 by Sensei Ansei Ueshiro
The Forbidden Kata
Pinan KatasComposed in 1907 by Sensei Anko Itosu
Means Peace Katas