Approximately 40 students who exited a karate school in New York City started NY Shorin Ryu Karate club in December 2000. Our objective was, and still is, the cultivation of the katas (forms) of Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu. Our original teachers taught us the love of kata and conditioning, and instilled in us the spirit of life long cultivation, but they were unable to help us explore application or intention, without which kata (form) practice is limited to a very basic level.
We have found that Shorin Ryu kata, as well most Asian martial arts forms, are composed of motions that contain a universe of self-defense techniques. These motions can be found in empty hand arts, weapon arts, ground fighting arts, etc. Shorin Ryu kata contain all of these motions and it is our belief that the underlying applications were lost. Our mission at NY Shorin Ryu is to explore these motions and build intention back into our art. We use Tuite Jitsu and Kyusho Jitsu as well as input from other sources.
We are a Mid Town Manhattan based club. We are not a commercial enterprise. Our dues cover our rental expense. We train for the love of the art. Most of our members have been training for many years and have achieved Dan (black belt) rank, however we are rank and belt level agnostic. Our classes are informal. Uniform and belt are optional.
At NY Shorin Ryu our main purpose is to provide an atmosphere for advanced Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu practioners to explore and develop effective self-defense techniques drawn from kata. Members can still train on their own or at other schools or styles to develop others aspects of their art.
We are an official Study Group of Kyusho International. Visit www.kyusho.com for more information about Kyusho International.
We view our art in 3 levels:
Level 1 – Level 1 training consists of learning the basic motions of Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu including all of the kata, basic movements, energy transfer, and conditioning. Learning Level 1 usually qualifies a practioner for 1st dan at most karate schools. Level 1 training never ends, once learned it must be practiced regularly. We encourage our members to practice on their own because class time is limited.
Level 2 – Level 2 training consists of 2 man drills taken from the motions of the kata and practiced with different training partners with the goal of developing speed and accuracy. Level 2 training builds intention into kata practice. The amount of techniques that can be drawn from the kata are limitless. Each practioner chooses which techniques to incorporate into his/her mental imagery during kata practice. We call this intention. It becomes quite personal. Level 2 training never ends. It must be practiced regularly along with level 1. Techniques developed at this level will always evolve and change.
Level 3 – Level 3 training is “flow.” Flow means the seamless transitioning from technique to technique while engaging an opponent. There is no plan or conscious strategy in flow practice, it just happens. Level 3 develops on its own over time by regular practice of level 1 and 2.
Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu Kata
Fukyugata 1 and 2
Pinan 1 through 5
Nihanchi 1 through 3