The meaning and spirit of TRADITIONAL KARATE comes from the history of the Island of Okinawa, Japan – the birthplace of Karate. The roots of Karate were brought to Okinawa by Masters that traveled to China to learn the Martial Arts. It is believed that a Buddhist Priest, Bodhidharma, developed the first self-defense techniques within the walls of the monastery in China. In this quiet, meditative atmosphere, Karate became a way of life, a spiritual discipline, with a code of honor. Fundamental to this code of honor, non-violence and respect are central to the teaching found at the Shorin-Ryu / Martial Arts of Minnesota Karate Studios.
THE ART OF KARATE was developed from a combination of southern Chinese martial arts and the native Okinawan art of Te. The word karate is derived from two characters which mean empty and hand; therefore, karate can be translated as the art of the empty hand. The style of karate taught at the Shorin-Ryu / Martial Arts of Minnesota dojo is Okinawan Shorin-ryu.
SHORIN-RYU is one of the two original karate styles formally systematized in Okinawa and considered by some to have had the most influential impact on the development of all modern karate systems.