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Tapestry of Karate

As discussed many times before, Lineage is the line of your teaching -- who taught you, who taught him, and so forth back to the early Karate pioneers, and before that to the instructors in China.

A Goju-Ryu student in Hawaii might trace his lineage to Masaichi Oshiro, who learned from Gogen Yamaguchi, who learned from Chojun Miyagi, who learned from Kanryo Higashionna (and Chinese instructors), who learned martial arts in China.

A Shorin-Ryu student in Hawaii might trace his lineage to Pat Nakata, who learned from Choshin Chibana, who learned from Anko Itosu, who learned from Sokon Matsumura, who learned from Tote Sakugawa, who learned from Kusanku (a Chinese instructor).

A Kenpo student in Hawaii might trace his lineage again to Masaichi Oshiro, who learned from William K. S. Chow, who learned from James Mitose, who may have learned from Choki Motobu (or his students), who learned from Anko Itosu, and Sokon Matsumura.

Some students will have more than one line because they studied more than one art or learned from more than one instructor.

As you learn more about Karate history, you will find that all Karate students are connected. The various lines (or lineages) of Karate are like threads. A single thread may not be very strong, but woven together they create the tapestry of Karate. While we may have differences, we are all cut from the same cloth.

Respectfully,

Charles C. Goodin