Brief History of Shorei Goju-Ryu Karate...
Shuri-Ryu Karate is an eclectic martial arts system,
developed by the martial arts pioneer Robert Trias, the
first person to teach karate in the United States in 1945 in
Phoenix, Arizona. He opened the first karate school in the
nation in 1946 and formed the first karate organization,
the United States Karate Association, in 1948.
Other styles of karate related to the Trias-line are
Shorei-Goju-Ryu and Shorei-Ryu.
The style of Shuri-ryu is taught and is especially prevalent
in the United States, parts of Europe, and South America.
The roots of Shuri-Ryu are in Okinawa, especially in the
Shuri-Te karate of Ankoh Itosu and Choki Motobu and the
Hsing Yi Chuan of Tung Gee Hsing. Robert Trias, the
style's founder, trained with Tung Gee Hsing, who had
cross-trained with Choki Motobu earlierin the Okinawan
village of Kume Mura. Tung Gee Hsing taught Trias Hsing
Yi (the Intellectual Fist) and Shuri Karate Kempo.
Later Trias studied with Hoy Yuan Ping, Goge Yamaguchi,
Roy Oshiro, Yasuhiro Konishi, Makoto Gima, and several
other teachers. Konishi awarded Trias with the 9th Dan in
1964 and was a prominent student of both Choki Motobu
and Gichin Funakoshi.
Gima was a prominent student of Funakoshi and awarded
Trias the 10th Dan in 1983. Both, Konishi and Gima
helped Trias reconstruct the old Shuri-Te system of
Okinawan karate with some modifications, hence a new
name for the system was designated Shuri-Ryu.
Shuri-Ryu also incorporated some Naha katas and
Mr. Robert Trias Sensei and Mr. Phil Koeppel Sensei
perform a weapons demonstration at tournament.
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