NY Shorin Ryu Karate Club

Mission Statement

Drafted by the original members at the club’s inception in December, 1999

Shorin Ryu Karate

We believe that Shorin Ryu karate as originally developed in Okinawa was influenced by Chinese White Crane Chi Kung. It is a martial art that includes striking, grappling, vital point attacking and much more. 


The essence of our martial art is found in kata.  The art is encoded in kata, a language transmitted from generation to generation. Kata is many things, but it is primarily an encyclopedia of martial technique that is recorded in movement. The kata has meaning and expression that can be shared by a group or be interpreted individually, much like a song or a poem.  Kata is Chi Kung. Dedicated practice builds health, strength and longevity, while fostering the growth of internal and external martial power. Performed at varying speeds and power kata contains a virtual limitless supply of martial application. 

One Style, All Styles 

We are students of Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu.  We also recognize and  understand that Okinawan martial arts (karate, kempo or any of its other many names) stem from the same source and much can be learned about Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu from other highly developed, well preserved Okinawan styles. 

Our Goals 

- To train vigorously and consistently.

- To study and explore ways to understand, experience and penetrate our art’s essence.

- To retain an open mind. 


The study of karate is a journey that can take many different paths, even among training partners.  Depth of study is limitless.  No one person cam master all the aspects of the art.  Our mission is to join together as a group dedicated to the study and cultivation of our art and to enjoy the brotherhood of hard training.


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