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, self-defense.
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 Choshin sensei.
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 Sensei's Kyudokan. Today, Higa Yuchoku Sensei's senior student, Onaga Yoshimitsu, carries on the traditions of Okinawa's oldest style of Karate