About World Oshukai

The World Oshukai was founded by Okinawan great master, Sensei Kenyu Chinen. Today we have dojos spread across the World, from North and South America, to Europe, Africa and Asia, with a network of over 6,000 members. Our members work to build strong human beings for everyday life. We strive to spread and develop the traditional arts of Okinawan Shorin-ryu Karate and Okinawan Kobudo.

World Committee Administration

World Oshukai Three guidelines Discipline,


Training is to train the mind and body strongly through rigorous training.The original meaning of “ke” in practice is “thinking about the old’ and knowing what to do now”. By continuing the practice, both mind and body can be trained. The mind during practice affects the body, and the body also affects the mind.The mind and body are related to each other, and they are always living together.It is important for both mind and body to work out the same movements over and over again.Training exercises aim to create a brave and steadfast image of a person who trains both the mind and body through techniques.

Focus on your way(go forward)

Traditional Okinawan karate kobudo is always a step forward in both reception and aggression, as symbolized by its patterns.This attitude itself can be said to be the philosophy and philosophy of traditional karate kobudo.The spirit of fighting is not retreat but advancement, and the strength of the spirit not to lose is the most of victory.”究道” means a way to constantly advance and improve at any time. In other words, thinking positively about things, not just traditional karate kobudo, is a factor that invites you to win.


I think humans are harmonious creatures.The balance between the top, bottom, left and right is good, and its function is excellent.Karate patterns left by the person are also composed of a harmonious structure, with sub-lines added around the front, back, left, right, and right and left. The most importance of Traditional Okinawan karate is Kata. Harmony can be seen in the combination of the patterns and the Kata moving line. Even if we add to the way we live, we may say that everything is composed of harmony and incongruity.Through karate, I want to learn to harmonize myself, to harmonize with the other person, to harmonize with the environment, and to become a stable and harmonious person both mentally and physically.

About our LOGO


It’s the logo of the World Oshukai .”The word “”king”” means that Shorin-ryu school is in the line of Shuri-te, and that it aims for the path of the king over the sole person and hegemony. “Shuu” has the meaning of self-discipline to build strong human beings for everyday life. Needless to say, “kai” means a gathering of people with the same aspirations.

Symbolism of Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Karate emblem

It’s the logo of World Oshukai Karate.”In the middle, there is a symbol of Okinawa, “”Shuremon,”” aiming for the path of Shurei, and the blue background shows the beautiful sea surrounding Okinawa.”

Symbolism of Okinawa Kobudo emblem

The 18 golden petals of chrysanthemum stends for well-being. In the middle of golden background there is a black, three-armed cross that denodes the coat of arms of the Okinawa royal Sho dynasty. The cross symbolizes the unification of three kingdoms (Hozukan, Chuzan and Nanazan) into one.

About The Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Karatedo

Karate is a martial art that originated in Okinawa. It is said to originate from the ancient Ryukyu martial art “tee.” The martial arts mainly trained by the Shuri warrior class, including the royal family of the Ryukyu Kingdom, are called Shuri-te, and one of the schools that follows is now Okinawa Shorin-ryu. Master Sokun Matsumura (1809-1899), who served as the king martial arts instructor of the Ryukyu Kingdom and as a sideline, served three kings in the late Ryukyu Kingdom and taught many more disciples. His name is well known throughout Ryukyu as “Bushi Matsumura” and is deeply engraved in Ryukyu’s history. One of Matsumura’s famous disciples, Anko Itoshu, was also called a master of Shurite, and in 1901, he introduced karate into school physical education for the first time and contributed to the popularization of karate. Itosu also created the Pinan style as a traditional teaching method. Mr. Itosu’s famous disciple, Mr. Chibana Choushin(1885–1969), named his own line Shorin-ryu in 1933 in order to preserve the tradition handed down from the previous generation and contribute to the development, and in 1948 established the Okinawa Shorin-ryu Karate Association. Mr. Shugoro Nakazato and Mr. Katsuya Miyahira are direct disciples of Mr. Choushin Chibana and have succeeded to the Okinawa Shorin school, and Mr. Kenyu Chinen has studied under Mr. Nakazato and Mr. Miyahira, and has succeeded to the Okinawa Shorin-ryu school, which is a traditional branch of Shuri-te. The basic Kata of the Okinawa Kobayashi school is said to be Naihanchi, and it is also one of the most important types of training. Other than that, the main types are Pinan style, Passai-style, Ku-sanku-style, Chintou-style, and Gojjushiho etc..


Top line and 6th from right side, Sensei Chinen in 1969 at Nakazato dojo.

About The Okinawa Matayoshi Kobudo

In Okinawa, training is generally called Kobudo which is used to train people in each art of weapons, along with karate, training is carried out. Since the Ryukyu Kingdom period, various weapons techniques have developed from tools used in daily life, and have spread mainly in Shuri and Naha. The ancient martial arts line of our society is Matayoshi-kobudo martial arts, which has been handed down mainly by the Matayoshi family. Matayoshi Kobudo was also organized by Professor Shinchin Matayoshi and later developed by Professor Shinko Matayoshi. Shinko Matayoshi’s son, Shinpo Matayoshi, was a leader in Okinawa’s Kobudo martial arts and established the Okinawa Kobudo Federation in 1970. In 1972, the first Kobudo Demonstration Event was held, and the full-scale spread of Kobudo began rapidly. Matayoshi Kobudo is now being practiced not only in Okinawa but all over the world. Master Chien Kenyu the chairman of this association, studied as a direct disciple of Master Shinpo Matayoshi and has also inherited. The main weapons used in Okinawa’s Kobudo include Bo, Sai, Tonkuwaa.w Nunchaku, Jo, Sansetsukon, Nunti, E-ku, Kama, Kuwa, Timbee, Suruchin, and Tekko etc…


Matayoshi Shinpo Sensei and Chinen Kenyu Sensei