World Matsubayashi-ryu (Shorin-ryu) Karatedo Association
WMKA is a global federation organized by Matsubayashi-ryu’s founder, Mr. Shoshin Nagamine. Upon the elder Nagamine’s passing in 1997, it was inherited, and led, by his son, Mr. Takayoshi Nagamine until his untimely passing in 2012. WMKA is today led by Association President Yoshitaka Taira, Hanshi, 10th Dan, and based in Urasoe City, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Our affiliation with WMKA keeps us connected to the roots of Matsubayashi-ryu.
The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do
Written by Shoshin Nagamine, this book outlines and details the eighteen kata and seven yakusoku kumite found within our system, as well as contains a section on kobudo and an in-depth look at the history of Okinawan karate. It is required reading for members of Ravenswood Karate Dojo, as well as any serious practitioner of Matsubayashi-ryu karatedo.
Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu of Little Tokyo
Our parent dojo, under the direction of Mr. Art Ishii, propagates traditional Okinawan Shorin-ryu Karatedo in the historic Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles, CA.
OTHER MARTIAL ARTS
Beikoku Shidokan (Shorin-ryu) Uza Dojo
Mr. Yujiro Uza leads this traditional Okinawan Shorin-ryu karate dojo out of the practice room of Mitsuwa Marketplace, in Arlington Heights, IL, on Saturday afternoons. He is affiliated with the Beikoku Shidokan Organization, led by Mr. Seikichi Iha, of the Chibana lineage.
Tohkon Judo Academy
Founded in 1991 by Mr. Doug Tono, a former US Team/Olympic Team member, Tohkon features world class instructors and competitors from more than twenty-five countries. Their dojo is located in the Japanese American Service Committee building on Clark street, two blocks from Ravenswood Karate Dojo.
Chicago Aikido Club
This friendly group, led by Mr. Dwight Sora, hosts some of the most experienced aikidoka in the Midwest, among whom are original members of the first Chicago aikido dojo established in the 1960s by a group of Nisei professionals. They practice at the Japanese American Service Committee on Clark Street, two blocks from Ravenswood Shorin-ryu Karate Dojo, and are affiliated with the Aikikai Foundation in Tokyo by way of Aikido Schools of Ueshiba.
Choyokan Kendo Dojo
Established in 1979 by Miyazaki Sensei, Choyokan is today led by Mr. Ken Sakamoto and practices two nights a week out of the Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church gymnasium, the same location as Ravenswood Karate Dojo. It is a member of the Midwest Kendo Federation and affiliated with the All United States Kendo Federation and the International Kendo Federation.
Chicago Nikkei Forum
Chicago Nikkei Forum is open to anyone who identifies themselves as being part of a community who – by ancestry or affinity – have a particular interest in, or connection to Japanese or Japanese American activities, events, history, culture, activism, civil rights, civic participation, social needs, and/or legacy and future.
Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church
RFUMC was formed on August 2, 1987 as the result of a merger between Ravenswood UMC, whose history dated to 1872, and Christian Fellowship UMC, formed by Japanese Americans relocated to Chicago from internment camps during and after WWII. Ravenswood Karate Dojo practices in RFUMC’s gymnasium.
Centenary United Methodist Church
Organized in June, 1896, under the name Japanese Methodist Episcopal Mission of Los Angeles, Centenary retains its Japanese American heritage while welcoming and embracing people of all ethnicities and backgrounds. Ravenswood Karate Dojo’s parent dojo, Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu of Little Tokyo, practices in CUMC’s social hall.