Matsumura Seito Shorin Ryu Karate

What is karate?

Karate is a traditional martial art from the island of Okinawa, off the southern coast of Japan. Centuries ago, the indigenous traditions of Okinawa (known as "te") mixed with Chinese influence from the mainland, resulting in what we know of today as karate.​ The art makes use of empty-handed forms, weapons forms, sparring, and specialized training equipment (like the "makiwara" which is used to condition the feet and fists).

What is Shorin Ryu?

There are many styles of karate that exist today: Shotokan, Goju Ryu, Uechi Ryu, Wado Ryu, Kyokushinkai, Shito Ryu, etc. The style of karate taught here at Cedar Park Dojo is Shorin Ryu, which emphasizes small, efficient movements delivered at close range.

What is Matsumura Seito?

There are four main branches of Shorin Ryu: Kobayashi, Shobayashi, Matsubayashi, and Matsumura Seito. The branch of Shorin Ryu taught here at Cedar Park Dojo is Matsumura Seito Shorin Ryu. Like other styles of karate, Shorin Ryu traces its lineage back to a man named Matsumura Sokon. 


Matsumura Sokon was an Okinawan martial artist who lived in the 19th century. He was one of the most famous warriors in Okinawan history and is considered one of the great progenitors of Okinawan martial traditions. Matsumura Sokon passed his art to multiple students, one of whom was his grandson Matsumura Nabe. Matsumura Nabe in turn taught the art to his nephew, Hohan Soken. It was Hohan Soken who established the Matsumura Seito branch of Shorin Ryu. "Matsumura Seito Shorin Ryu" translates as "Matsumura's Orthodox Shorin Style".