NORTH AMERICAN SHORINKAN KARATE-DO ASSOCIATION
The Shorin Kan Patch was designed by Nakazato Shugoro, 10th Dan, Hanshi and Grand Master of Okinawa Karate-do Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan Kyokai.
The english words tell you the name of the style of karate that we practice. Shorin-Ryu means small forest style, Shorin Kan means the academies of Shorin or dojo hall of Shorin. The shorin kan schools are only those who are trained under Master Nakazato and those dojo heads who trained by students of Nakazato Sensei.
(IMPORTANT NOTE: Shorinkan is not a style of Okinawan Karate. Nakazato Sensei teaches Okinawan Shorin-ryu Karate-Do he learn from Chosin Chibana the style founder.
The Japanese words say Shorin Kan (the larger ones). The smaller ones say Shorin-Ryu.
The little house type design is called the Shuri No Mon (gate). This is the second of six gates of the Shuri Castle, which was founded 450 years ago.
Damaged during the war, the original gate has been restored. The word :Shuri No Kuni" is the name which the Chinese called Okinawa and means "the nation which keeps the peace."
Nakazato Shugoro 10th Dan and his Okinawan 7th, 8th and 9th Dan
Is Frank Hargrove a member of Shorinkan Association?
For the first time
Frank Hargrove speaks.
This is what he has to say 1/01/2010 :
In 1973, Nakazato Shugoro Sensei commissioned me to build his karate-do association in the United States after I graduated from university in Tokyo and made 6th Dan in Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do before I returned to America after living and studying for 9 ½ years.
Nakazato Sensei has been my only Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do instructor since my first day of karate-do training. Each of my ranks were gotten in rank grading along with my sempai and kohai in Okinawa. I NEVER traveled to Okinawa to gain a new rank promotion. From 1973 through 1983, I traveled to Okinawa three or four times per year to train and take my students. Not one time during those travels did I or any student receive a higher Dan rank while in Okinawa.
In 1983 on his fourth trip to teach in the United States, Nakazato Sensei promoted me to 7th Dan after a week long intensive training summer camp at Hampton University where I was required to train and test fifty-plus Black Belts for Dan rank under Nakazato’s watchful eye as a part of my promotion requirements.
In 1989 Nakazato Sensei promoted his “first group” of 8th Dan. They were Gibu Sempai, Ahagoon Sempai, myself - Frank Hargrove, Yonamine Kohai and Nakazato Kohai. One of my strongest training partners and friend KaKanoHana Keshin was not promoted and left the Association by letter of resignation. This positioned me as the number three in the association rank seniority structure. After Gibu and Ahagoon Sempais left the Shorinkan Association to accept leadership roles in their own association, I was the daisempai of the Shorinkan Association.
Nakazato Shugoro Sensei never wanted an association of Shorinkan Karate-Do in the United States. After many trips to the United States he signed a written contract authorizing my association, The United States Shorin-ryu Karate-Do Association as the only official association branch of the Okinawan Karate-Do Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan Kyokai in North American. Until today there is no other Shorinkan Association in North American. Doug Perry and Pat Haley are dojo head instructors and not association officers. Okinawan Karate-Do Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan Kyokai has written rules and regulations which do not include foreign officers. I tried for years to get that changed with no success. That is why I formed the United States Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Association.
DID DOUG PERRY STUDY
WITH NAKAZATO SHUGORO IN OKINAWA?
Doug Perry did not study Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do from Nakazato Shugoro in Okinawa, with me or anyone else before 1985. In 1985 when Doug came to a United State Shorin-ryu Karate-Do Association Summer Camp I held in Hampton, Virginia. Nakazato Sensei did not know who he was and said he did not remember ever seeing him before in his life. There were five other instructors Kakanohana Keshin, Kinjo Kempo, Nakaza Seiei, Nakazato Minoru and Higa Seshin) from Okinawa and none of them had ever seen Doug before. I explained that Doug had made 1st Dan under Jiro Shiroma Sempai. Nakazato Sensei said it did not matter who Doug studied karate with just teach him the karate like I had been taught to certify him at his present rank.
For the next 10 or 11 years Doug Perry trained with me at summer camps and when I traveling to Hendersonville, North Carolina to teach students at his dojo. After 3 or 4 years of training with me, Doug’s dojo was always one of the BEST branch dojo in the association and within a short time Doug rose to be second in charge. He was always very respectful and totally dedicated to our goals and objectives. He never caused any problem. As a matter of fact, he had the ability to solve problems while leaving everyone happy. Because of his military career as a ground troop who rose to officer status, Doug had the ability to communicate well to lower rank first year gold belts and the higher level black belts. Doug Perry was an excellent student. I qualified him as a 5th Dan after teaching him and his students the entire requirement in the Shorin-Ryu Handbook which was written by me. I also promoted Doug Perry to 6th Dan when he was qualified.
Doug left the United States Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Association because of a deal gone wrong between me and one of his student, Patsy Gale. The printing company she worked for tried to raise the price of a book they printed for me by $5.00 per book after giving me a written quote on the 5000 books printed. Their new quoted price more than doubled the price of the book.
When Doug went to Okinawa to try to get his 7th Dan, the Rijicho called me to make sure I did not object. I did not object because he told the Okinawans he only wanted to carry on his small dojo in North Carolina. And that is what he did until Pat Haley came to one of my camps in Virginia where Nakazato Sensei was attending.
Pat Haley had been taken to Okinawa by a student of Sid Campbell who does not want to be named. Haley was a Nakazato Sensei's Student. When I ask Nakazato Sensei why Haley did NOT know the requirements. Nakazato said Haley was his student and my kohai so it was my duty to teach Haley the requirements. After coming to my Summer Camp Pat Haley studied with me for next year with me going to Chico California at least twice and Haley traveling to Hampton Virginia at least three times for a week or more to train in my dojo with my Black Belts who help me train him in Kata, Kobudo and Kumite. His Kumite was a West Coast touch and go type fighting we taught Haley the stand up knock down kumite I learned in Okinawa that made my Black Belt fighters some of the best and feared fighters along the East Coast. After one year Nakazato Sensei saw that I had taught Haley as he had told me to do as my duty. I never taught him again.
I have never been put out of the Okinawan Karate-Do Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan Kyokai. I made the decision to step away from traveling back and forward to Okinawa.
WHY? That is between me and my teacher.
Most western martial artists do not understand the “on” & “giri” relationship and the duty required between an Okinawan trained student and his teacher. It is the duty of the student to give his life for the teacher. Never have I received any communication from Nakazato Sensei of any action removing me from the association or canceling the written agreement that we have for life.
I am still a member of the Okinawan Karate-Do Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan Kyokai according to its by-laws.
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