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
Arthur Takashi Ishii sensei’s WMKA dojo in downtown Los Angeles’s historic Little Tokyo district. Ishii sensei is Ravenswood Dojo’s senior advisor, and a direct student of the late Takayoshi Nagamine and Eihachi Ota.

WMKA Kodokan Osaka Dojo
We have had the pleasure of exchanging training with Yuichi Danjo sensei of Osaka on numerous occasions. Danjo sensei, while stationed in Okinawa on business for many years, was a direct student of the late Takayoshi Nagamine.


Beikoku Shidokan Shorin-ryu Uza Dojo
Okinawa native Yujiro Uza sensei leads this Kobayashi Shorin-ryu karate dojo in Prospect Heights, IL, affiliated with the Beikoku Shidokan Karatedo Association under Seikichi Iha sensei. Highly recommended traditional Okinawan karate training for anyone in Chicago’s North/Northwest Suburbs.

Tohkon Judo Academy
Founded in 1991 by Douglas Tono sensei, a former US Team & Olympic Team member, Tohkon features world class instructors and competitors from more than twenty-five countries. They are affiliated with the United States Judo Federation (USJF), USA Judo, the Chicago Judo Black Belt Association, Illinois Judo Inc., and the Kodokan International Judo Institute & World Headquarters.

Choyokan Kendo Dojo
Established in 1979 by Yutaka Miyazaki sensei, Choyokan is today led by Ken Sakamoto sensei and practices two nights a week out of the Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church gymnasium (among their other locales), the same location as Ravenswood Karate Dojo. They are affiliated with the Midwest Kendo Federation, All United States Kendo Federation and the International Kendo Federation.


(The following groups support Ravenswood Dojo through referral, link exchanges, advertising, featurettes, or sharing our information on community tables.)

Ravenswood Fellowship UMC
Founded in part by Japanese Americans resettled to Chicago from WWII American concentration camps, RFUMC’s generous space sharing program has allowed our dojo to have a home.

Windy City Nikkei
@windycitynikkei on Instagram and mirrored on Facebook, Windy City Nikkei offers bite-sized glimpses of Japanese American Chicago, in 2200 characters or less.

Nikkei Chicago
Nikkei Chicago documents the untold stories of Chicago’s Japanese American community through academic-length articles and multimedia.

Midwest Buddhist Temple
Founded by resettled Japanese Americans on Chicago’s South Side in 1944, by the late 1940s MBT had planted roots in the Old Town neighborhood and dedicated its current structure on Menomonee & Hudson Streets in 1971.