Snippet from the program for Shoshin Nagamine’s 85th birthday celebration in 1991. Our dojo advisor from Los Angeles, Art Ishii (in the shuto uke photo on the right), was then a student of Eihachi Ota, who was the US West Coast representative of the World Matsubayashi-ryu Karatedo Association (translated in the booklet as the World Shorin-ryu Karatedo Federation). Ishii and others from Ota’s group traveled to Okinawa for the event.
Ota sensei would later move on to form the Shorin-ryu Karate and Kobudo Association (SKKA), today headquartered in Gardena, CA, and in 2015 was awarded 10th dan by the Okinawa Shorin-ryu Karatedo Association (沖縄松林流空手道協会), under the aegis of Isao Shima, after nearly 60 years of study.
Ishii sensei decided to keep his dojo connected to WMKA headquarters in Okinawa and affiliated directly with Takayoshi Nagamine, whom he would regularly host at his home and dojo from the mid-1990s through the early 2000s. Nagamine sensei passed in 2012, and the WMKA board elected Yoshitaka Taira sensei as association president.