Learn about Shuri-Ryu - Kata, History, etc.

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Learn about Shuri-Ryu - Kata, History, etc.

Shuri-Ryu is a martial arts that combines elements of Karate (primarily) and Kung Fu. It was started in the United States in 1946 and has spread to Europe, South America and other countries. Shuri-Ryu students learn katas, sparring (kumite), self-defense, kicks, punches, martial arts weapons, etc. This martial arts also uses Japanese words and karate terminology for names of kicks, blocks, stances, etc.

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History of Shuri-Ryu

According to Jim Knox Karate, Shuri-Ryu "is the result of a lifetime of work by Grandmaster Robert A. Trias (1922-1989). Grandmaster Trias began training in 1942 while serving in the U.S. armed forces on the island of Tulgai in the British Solomon Islands. His first instructor, Master Tung Gee Hsing, was a master of the Chinese systems (Hsing-Yi and Pakua). Master Hsing had combined systems with Okinawan Shuri-te Master Choki Motubo to form Shuri Karate Kempo (later changed to Shuri-Ryu).Grandmaster Trias returned to the United States in 1945, and was the first Caucasian toopen a commercial karate school in the U.S. in Phoenix, Arizona in 1946. He also founded the first karate organization - United States Karate Association (USKA) in 1948, and promoted thefirst American karate tournament in 1955. Grandmaster Trias continued to travel around the world, both as a teacher and a student, until his death in 1989".


  1. Jim Knox Karate, Introduction, http://www.jimknoxkarate.com/materials/KnoxKarateManual.pdf, Added - 01/12/15

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