Tode Sakugawa (1733-1815) Believed to be the first teacher
of Okinawan karate. His style was an open hand fighting
called  Shuri-te. Sakugawa had several noted students, his
most famous student was Bushi Matsumura,.
Another person; Chinese military envoy Kusanku was highly
skilled in kenpo and fighting. Kusanku is credited with the
what we call the reverse punch. Together with Sakugawa
they taught Bushi Matsumura the techniques for what is now
the  Matsumura Shorin Ryu system.
Bushi Matsumura (1797-1889) Born Kiyo Sokon, he was a
the Shaolin Temple. This is where he learned the White
Crane style and brought it back to Okinawa and combined
it with his Shuri-te style. Shorin-ryu is the Japanese
pronunciation of the word Shaolin in Chinese.
Shorin/Shaolin - means small forest, Ryu - means method
of learning or tradition. Bushi means - “warrior,”
Matsumura means - “pine village.” During his time in the
military he changed his name to Bushi Matsumura.
Fang Qiniang trained under the guidance of her father Fang Zhonggong. Her father
either fighting or mating, there have been both versions of what they were doing at
the time; she watched them and their movements. She got her bamboo pole and tried
to scare them off, as she poked and prodded at them they would parry or dodge to
Fang Qiniang trained under the guidance of her father Fang Zhonggong. Her father
them for quite some time. This brought about her developing the White Crane them
for quite some time. This brought about her developing the White Crane Gongfu
System. Bushi Matsumura had taught the systems to his grandson Nabe Matsumura.
Nabe Matsumura (1860-1930) Nabe is credited with bringing
the old Shorin-ryu system into the modern age. He is known
for teaching the purest of the Matsumura Shorin-ryu system,
which included the secret techniques of the White Crane
immediate family members. He passed his system on to his
nephew Hohan Soken
Hohan Soken (1889-1982) some say Hohan Soken was truly the last Samurai. This is also
noted in the Ripley's Belief it or not. He was born a samurai and was known as the oldest
living karate master. He began his training under his Uncle Nabe Matsumura at the age of
13. After 10 years of training he began learning the White Crane system, where he had
performed the kata “Hakutsuru” on a board floating in water. The white crane style and
the shorin-ryu style provide the soft and the delicate movements of the bird with the
balance and defensive moves of man to provide a balanced training. Hohan Soken had
several well-noted students, one of which is Yoshimatsu Akamine Sensei, who is now
considered to be the head of the Matsumura Shorin-ryu style of karate.
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