Karate-do by definition is the "Empty Handed Way".
It is a martial art that relies on the human body as
its weapon. To this end much effort and time is
required to forge one's arsenal: a strong body, a
sharp mind, and a clear sense of honor and justice.
Unlike other Asian fighting arts, Okinawan Karate
was not intended as sport, but rather as a vehicle
for self improvement, discipline and above all,
Karate's ethics and morality reflect Okinawa's rich
and colorful past. The oldest and most traditional
style of karate being that developed in the Royal
city of Shuri. This style of fighting was originally
referred to as, "Ti", and later to be officially
named Shorin-ryu (Small Forest Style) by Chibana
Shorin-ryu, the style of Okinawan Karate taught and
named by Chibana Choshin Sensei is the oldest style
of Karate today.
Chibana Sensei's legacy was carried on by Nakazato
Shiguro Sensei's Shorin-kan, Miyahira Katsuya
Sensei's Shidokan, and the late Higa Yuchoku
Today, Higa Yuchoku Sensei's senior student, Onaga Yoshimitsu, carries on the
traditions of Okinawa's oldest style of Karate.
Okinawa Ti, a living tradition.