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The Shuri Karate Dojo is dedicated to the promotion, preservation and education of the martial arts and its traditions. We strive to be a reputable and respected dojo, dedicated to preserving the classical family style of traditional karate from Okinawa.

The Shuri Karate Dojo is affiliated with the:- Takahashi-ha no Ryukyu Shuri-te Karate-do Kokusai Renmei

The "Takahashi-ha no Ryukyu Shuri-te Karate-do Kokusai Renmei" is an organization entrusted with passing on and preserving the martial art of the late Takahashi Kentsu (1900-1994). Takahashi Sensei was a student of the 'Tenshin Katori Shinto Ryu' in Japan, which is one of the oldest surviving martial arts in Japan, the total embodiment of Koryu Bujutsu (old style martial arts), and Yabu Kentsu and Chibana Choshin of Okinawa.

During 1953, Takahashi Sensei founded his own organization and here he began teaching to small groups of selected students, where he concentrated teaching and emphasizing the traditional ideology and the spirituality of "Koryu Bujutsu" (old style martial arts).

Today, Gary O'connor, Hanshi, Judan (10th dan), is the legitimate inheritor of Takahashi-ha no Ryukyu Shuri-te Karate-do from Takahashi Kentsu. We are the official representatives and instructors for the USA, under Garry O'Connor Hanshi 10th dan.

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Carter-sensei is a member of the International Ryukyu Karate Research Society (琉球唐手術国際研究会) established 1989 in Japan. An information based organization dedicated to studying, the origins, evolution and tactical application theories of old-school (Koryu) karate and kobudo.

The founder and head instructor is Patrick McCarthy, Hanshi 9th dan. Hanshi McCarthy holds Yudansha (black belt) accreditation in Jujutsu, Judo, Yamaneryu Kobudo and Sugino-ha Katori Shinto Ryu (Japanese swordsmanship).

Hanshi McCarthy is the author of several publications including, ‘The Bubishi” the classical manual of combat which is described as 'Okinawa’s ancient book of knowledge'. He has also authored numerous articles/papers, etc., and a collection of educational DVDs.

Hanshi McCarthy is also the founder of Koryu Uchinadi Kenpo Jutsu (古流沖縄手拳法術), (which translates as old stream Okinawa hands Quanfa art) meaning the old fighting arts of Chinese origin as handed down in Okinawa, which is Hanshi McCarthy's interpretation of these old-school practices. It is a method of responding to what he refers to as the "Habitual Acts of Physical Violence", utilising punches, kicks, throws, joint manipulations, strangles, pressure point strikes and ground fighting.

The fundamental basis of Koryu Uchinadi is to provide life protection skills, and in doing so it’s practice also conditions the body, cultivates the mind and nurtures the spirit.

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