Shorin Ryu Karate
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 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.
Eric Poppa is the head of the Cedar Park Dojo Shorin Ryu Karate training group. He holds the rank of 7th degree black belt in the art. Eric first began training in karate at a young age under the tutelage of his father, who in turn began his training on the island of Okinawa under Hohan Soken (founder of the Matsumura Seito branch) and Fusei Kise.