Shorin-Ryu – (Okinawa)

A specific “family” (Ryu) of Karate established by Ansei Ueshiro who arrived in the U.S.A. in the early 1960s.

Karate was originally developed in Okinawa, an island between China and Japan which was ruled by China at the time, but is now a part of Japan.

Karate was developed from Kung Fu (Wushu) and Kempo (Chinese Boxing) by the Okinawan farmers in order to fight the Chinese occupiers, and later the Japanese aggressors.

Karate was designed to be swift and violent, quickly dispensing of an opponent using hand and foot strikes and not usually involving grappling other than to hold the opponent briefly to prevent them from dodging an attack.