The black belt is not a mark or symbol of the end of the journey to one’s mastery of the arts; rather it is the mark that one is done packing for their journey and may now take their first step in their true journey. This is a journey which can not ever be complete, only traveled…
Welcome to the official website
We are a small group of martial artists dedicated to preserving and promoting authentic Okinawan karate and kobudo, and in particular Shogen-Ryu ti and Yamane Ryu kobudo.
Apart from being a martial art with an original purpose of preserving and passing on life protection techniques through the generations, karate is also a cultural treasure of the island of Okinawa.
Sadly, the majority of dojo and groups across Europe and worldwide have resorted to teaching more commercialised sports based competition karate, and the budo aspect of traditional ti has been diluted and neglected. Within Okinawa Shogen-Ryu Karate-Do Europe we have remained true to our principles, and we diligently strive to deepen our knowledge and understanding of Okinawan karate and kobudo. This is achieved through the constant training and study of ti under the guidance of Kiyomasa Maeda, Hanshi, Judan. We are extremely fortunate to have direct contact with Okinawa, and to have direct access to the knowledge and understanding of both karate and kobudo that is unselfishly shared by Maeda, Sensei.
The name shogen ryu was used by Taba, Sensei to honour his teacher Shoshin Nagamine, and to indicate the intention of returning to the origins or roots of authentic karate.
Did you know?
This is the official patch of the Okinawa Shogen-Ryu Karate-Do Association. Only Members of the Association have permission to use this patch. The fist is Taba Sensei’s actual fist and note the knuckle development and conditioning through makiwara practice.
Black Belt Examinations 21/11/2020
3 Day Okinawan Shogen-Ryu Karate and Yamane Ryu Kobudo Seminar
Quinn, Sensei will be teaching an open seminar on both Okinawan Shogen-Ryu karate and Yamane Ryu kobudo in a 3 day seminar in the Czech Republic on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of August 2019
Open Seminar by Kiyomasa Maeda, Hanshi
We are honoured to announced that Kiyomasa Maeda, Hanshi, 10th Dan Okinawan Shogen-Ryu karate will be teaching an open seminar in Ireland on the 4th and 5th of July 2020.
Open Okinawan Karate and Kobudo Seminar
We will be holding an Open Okinawan karate and kobudo seminar at the Radission Blu Hotel, Dublin Airport, Dublin, Ireland on the 9th and 10th of November 2019.
March Seminar in Frankfurt, Germany
Sensei Michael Quinn will be teaching a seminar on Okinawan Shogen-Ryu karate at the dojo of Rainer Seibert in Bad Sobernheim, Frankfurt, Germany.
Enrolling New Students in January ’18
We are delighted to be able to offer out a very limited number of places in both our Adult and Children’s classes starting on the 10th of January 2018.
Okinawan Karate Seminar in Drogheda
Michael Quinn 5th Dan in Okinawan Shogen-Ryu karate and direct student of Kiyomasa Maeda, Hanshi will be teaching an open seminar on Okinawan karate including the functional applications of kata in the dojo of Billy Reynolds, Sensei on the 21/04/2018.