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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
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 earlier
in 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, Gogen 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
methods. Goju-Ryu @ wikipedia
Grand Masters Trias and Baker