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The following article appeared in Uchinanchu: Hawaii United Okinawan Association Newsletter, September/October 1997, Volume #61. It is reprinted courtesy of the Hawaii United Okinawan Association.

Karate Community Mourns the Passing of
Grand Master Shoshin Nagamine

Shoshin Nagamine

Grand Master Shoshin Nagamine, hanshi, 10th dan, founder of the Matsubayashi-Ryu Style of Shorin-Ryu, passed away on Sunday, November 2, 1997, in Naha, Okinawa. He was 90 years old.

One of the most respected men in Okinawa, Nagamine Sensei devoted his entire life to the preservation and perpetuation of Okinawan Karate-Do. Sickly as a child, he began Karate-Do training in high school. A student of several prominent instructors, including Ankichi Arakaki, Chotoku Kyan and Choki Motobu, he adopted the name "Matsubayashi-Ryu" in July of 1947 to honor Matsumura Sokon (1809-1896) of Shuri-te, and Matsumora Kosaku (1829-1898) of Tomari-te. He strived to maintain the ancient kata as they were taught to him.

Nagamine Sensei formed and was the head of the World Matsubayashi-Ryu (Shorin-Ryu) Karate-Do Association. During his career, he had well over 10,000 students in his dojo worldwide.

Named a cultural asset by the Okinawan government, he also studied Judo and Kendo in his early years, earning black belt ranks in both. He was also highly accomplished in Okinawan dance and calligraphy.

Nagamine's last visit to the United States was in December, 1996. He traveled to Hawaii, where he was recognized by the Chozen-ji/International Zen Dojo for his enlightenment through his dedication to "Ken Zen Ichinyo" (Karate Zen Ichinyo" (Karate and Zen as One). According to the Chozen-ji, he was the first karate sensei in history to receive such an acknowledgement in the Rinzai Zen tradition.

Through a life spanning nearly an entire century, a life that saw both the devastation of war and the worldwide participation of Okinawan Karate-Do, Nagamine Sensei taught Matsubayashi-Ryu as a way toward true peace, both within ourselves and the world.

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