Shuri Ryu

Shuri Ryu Karatedo

Okinawan Shuri Ryu Karatedo

Shu : To Learn From Tradition
Ri : To Transcend or Go Beyond
Ryu : Style or Particular School of Thought

The roots of Shuri-Ryu are in Okinawa, especially in the Shuri-Te karate of Ankoh Itosu and Choki Motobu and the Hsing Yi Chuan of Tung Gee Hsing. Robert Trias, the style’s founder, trained with Tung Gee Hsing, who had cross-trained with Choki Motobu earlier in the Okinawan village of Kume Mura. Tung Gee Hsing taught Trias Hsing Yi (the “Intellectual” Fist) and Shuri Karate Kempo. Later Trias studied with Hoy Yuan Ping, Gogen Yamaguchi, Roy Oshiro, Yasuhiro Konishi, Makoto Gima, and several other teachers. Konishi awarded Trias with the 9th Dan in 1964 and was a prominent student of both Choki Motobu and Gichin Funakoshi. Gima was a prominent student of Funakoshi and awarded Trias the 10th Dan in 1983. Both, Konishi and Gima helped Trias reconstruct the old Shuri-Te system of Okinawan karate with some modifications, hence a new name for the system was designated Shuri-Ryu. Shuri-Ryu also incorporated some Naha katas and methods. Robert Trias, the first person to teach karate in the United States in 1945 in Phoenix, Arizona. He opened the first karate school in the nation in 1946 and formed the first karate organization, the United States Karate Association, in 1948. Other styles of karate related to the Trias-line are Shorei-Goju-Ryu and Shorei-Ryu. In addition to the punches, blocks, and kicks of karate, Shuri-ryu also incorporates joint locks, take-downs and throws, and kobudo (traditional weapons). Shuri-ryu also has several short combinations. These include: 26 ippons (ippon kumite kata), which are performed to develop form and power; 10 taezus (taezu naru waza) which are performed to develop speed and fluidity; 30 kihons which are performed to develop fighting technique; and 8 sente motions (thousand hands techniques). In addition, there are additional training exercises including form sparring (kata kumite), focus stance sparring (kime dachi kumite), free exercise (jiju undo), and free sparring (jiju kumite). One of identifying features of Shuri-ryu is the use of the Shuri fist in lieu of a standard fist. Instead of curling the index finger when making the fist, the index finger is laid flat, and the thumb pushes down on the finger, resulting in a tighter fist. Another feature of Shuri-ryu is the position of the thumb of the knife edge strike or block. The thumb and forefinger form a “j” so that the hand may be used in a variety techniques (ridgehand, spearhand, open-hand throat strikes, etc.) without changing the thumb position..


I shall conduct myself in a manner which will reflect credit upon myself and society.
I shall be loyal to my school and to the art it teaches.
I shall be honest and exercise integrity with the purpose of developing cooperation and trust with my fellow karate-ka and my teachers.
I shall exercise restraint in the use of my karate knowledge, employing it only in fair competition or in defense of my life, my family, or my country.

Grandmaster of Shuri Ryu Karate Robert A. Trias

  • Pine Tree Patch Physical Requirements


    The Shuri-Ryu Patch---- Three Roots of the Pine tree - Power, Speed and Form / Body, Mind, Spirit. Trunk- Strength, Longevity and Endurance (Character).

    Branches- Growth and Progress also it is referred to represent the 12 meridians Individual Branches - refer to belt levels white, yellow, blue, green, purple, brown, and the top is black.

    Red Sun - Sun give life to the system The colors on the seal represent .

    White- Purity.

    Black- Steadfastness and stubbornness of a karateka.

    Green- Everlasting.

    Red- Courage.

    Circle- Everything returns to the source.

    The pine tree patch is worn on the left sleeve two inches above the sleeve end not on the crease, set so it can be seen from the front with the arm hanging naturally.
    The different patches stand for levels of skill and knowledge.

    The International Shuri-Ryu Association is the largest organization of Shuri-Ryu stylists in the world! As one of the nations' premier martial arts organizations, we offer a vast array of services and opportunities for our members. Although our name is style specific our organization is comprised of many different styles and systems. We all share a common goal of spreading the positive attributes of martial arts throughout the world. Whatever path you are on, we invite you to join us.International Shuri Ryu Association. Website

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