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Shoshin Nagamine
Shoshin Nagamine
1907 - 1996

Shoshin Nagamine was born on July 15, 1907, in Tomari-son, Naha City, Okinawa. He devoted his entire life to the preservation and perpetuation of Okinawan Karate. Sickly as a child, he began Karate training in high school. His health rapidly improved and he developed a muscular physique. 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 passed away on November 2, 1997.

Three of Nagamine's students were Seigi Nakamura, Chokei Kishaba, and Katsuhiko Shinzato. One of Nagamine's mainland Japan students was Akio Nozoe, the founder of the Kushin Kai.

Nagamine visited Hawaii in 1969, 1978, 1984, with his last visit being in December 1996. His first two visits were sponsored by his senior student in Hawaii, Tommy Morita. During his last visit to Hawaii, which was sponsored by Zenko Heshiki and William H. Rabacal, he was recognized by the Chozen-ji/International Zen Dojo for his enlightenment through his dedication to "Ken Zen Ichinyo" (Karate and Zen As One). At that time, he was given the Zen name of Kenzan Nagamine, which literally translates as "Fist Mountain." According to the Chozen-ji, he was the first karate sensei in history to receive such an acknowledgement in the Rinzai Zen tradition.

Books by Nagamine:

  • The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do (order it!)
    Shoshin Nagamine's definitive work on Matsubayashi-Ryu was published in 1976 by Charles E. Tuttle Company (ISBE 0-8048-1163-6). It has been reprinted frequently. The book covers all aspects of the art -- including the history, all 18 kata, yakusoku kumite and kobudo.

  • Tales of Okinawa's Great Masters (order it!)
    Osensei Shoshin Nagamine's second major book has been available in Japanese for several years. The English translation (by Patrick McCarthy), was released in March 2000.

    The book covers many masters such as Matsumura Sokon, Matsumora Kosaku, Itosu Anko, Kyan Chotoku, Motobu Choki, Arakaki Ankichi, Funokoshi Gichin, and many others. About 190 pages, 108 photographs.

Articles by Nagamine:

  • Okinawa Karate and World Peace, December 1996
  • Honbu Dojo Booklet (mid-1970's), 66 page booklet on Matsubayashi-Ryu basics.

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