About Our Dojo
Origin Lineage Our Motto Canadian Shorinkan Dojos


Roberts Karate is a part of the world wide Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan Kyokai under the guidance of Shuguro Nakazato (10th degree Black Belt).  Our organization and style of karate follows a direct lineage of Okinawan Karate Masters which leads back to the Okinawan village of Shuri in the 1700ís.

In the Okinawan tradition of successorship, each of a master's students changed the name of the system upon the passing of their master.  With Itosu we had "Shorin-Ryu", Chibana's continuation of Shorin-Ryu is often differentiated as "Kobayashi-Ryu", and upon Chibana's passing, Nakazato created the "Shorinkan" branch while Chibana's other top students each created their own associations.

Explore our lineage below by using your keyboard's arrow keys or click and drag to navigate the lineage tree from the beginning of Shuri-Te to our present day Black Belts.

Chosin Chibana
Chosin Chibana - First President of both the Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Association (1948) & Okinawa Karate-Do Renmei (1956)


Shugoro Nakazato
Shugoro Nakazato - Grandmaster of the Okinawan Karate-Do Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan Kyokai