Traditional Okinawa Karate & kobudo (weapons) originated on Okinawa and was kept secret from all outsiders for hundreds of years. Those who trained in the Okinawa arts swore an oath of secrecy to preserve this martial 'art'. It is an 'art' and fighting system developed for self-defense and self-improvement intended to improve physical and spiritual self with distinct Zen association. Karate was not introduced to Japan until the early part of the 20th century because of secrecy.
When introduced, only omote techniques were taught (those visible and understandable), many secrets (kuden) related to karate continued to remain in Okinawan hands and still are practiced in secret including urate (not obvious), miegakure (intentionally hidden), ki (intermal energy & power), okurasu goroshi (delayed kill strikes), tien hsueh (vital point strikes), hitotsuki hitogeri (one strike knockouts), kotekitai (body hardening). These are still secret and taught only to a few trusted students in Shorin-Ryu.
Shorin-Ryu martial artists Hanshi Ron Smith (10th dan) left from Virginia and Soke Dan Hausel (12th dan) right from Arizona (originally from Wyoming) pose at JKI clinic in New Braunfels, Texas.
HISTORY of Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo.
Legend describes a Buddhist monk named Bodhidharma whose travels led from India to the northern Henan province of China where he sought to teach Zen philosophy to monks of the Shaolin Temple. The time of this event is unknown, but legend suggests it may have been about 525 AD.