Shorinkan Patch

  • Circular Shape: The circular shape does not end, meaning the unending study of karate.1. Circular Shape: The circular shape does not end, meaning the unending study of karate.
  • Gates: The gate shown is the second of six located at the Shuri castle in Naha, Okinawa. It is called Shurei No Mon.  It was used to welcome the procession of the Chinese ambassador to Okinawa and to the palace. The ties between the Okinawans and the Chinese were greatly respected.  The royalty in Okinawa was also the first to be able to practise karate, allowing for much of the practise to take place around the castle.
  • Yellow Colouring: Yellow is a royal colour in China and Okinawa. Yellow also signifies light, as in the following the path of the Shorin-Ryu style.
  • Sho: translate to ‘small’. 
  • Rin: translate to ‘forest or grove of trees’. 
  • Ryu: short for ryuha, it translate to ‘system’, ‘style’, or ‘school’. 
  • Sho: translate to ‘small’. 
  • Rin: translate to ‘forest or grove of trees’. 
  • Kan: translate to public building. Translate to place of understanding and academics.
  • Shorin-Ryu (in kanji) – ‘Small forest’ or ‘young forest’ system of karate.  Also known as Kobayashi-Ryu.  The name refers to the fact that Itosu-sensei’s original karate style is being taught.