Shōrin-Ryū Karate(少林流)

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One of the oldest forms of karate, Shōrin-ryū, which translates to Shaolin school in Chinese, is regarded as one of the most popular martial arts in Okinawa. The style is said to have origins from Shaolin kung fu, and elements of traditional Okinawan fighting styles, which came from the introduction of Chinese martial arts into Okinawa. Named by it’s founder, Choshin Chibana in 1933, Shōrin-ryū style of fighting has been around long before Chibana. He named it in honor of it’s samurai roots and to separate it from all the other Shuri-te styles being modified. The punching is slightly different similar to Wing Chun where one swings from the inside. There is a ranking system with belts starting with white ending in black like most traditional Japanese martial arts and there are several series of Kata in the system.