MATSUMURA, Sokon "Bushi"


Matsumura is credited with passing on the Shorin-ryu Kempo-karate kata known as Naihanchi, Passai, Seisan, Chinto, Gojushiho and Kusanku. Matsumura was given the title “bushi” meaning “warrior” by the Okinawan king in recognition of his abilities and accomplishments in the martial arts. Described by Gichin Funakoshi as a sensei with a terrifying presence, Matsumura was never defeated in a duel, though he fought many. Tall, thin and possessing a pair of unsettling eyes, Matsumura was described by his student Anko Itosu as blindingly fast and deceptively strong. His martial arts endeavors have been the progenitor of many contemporary karate styles: Shorin-ryu, Shotokan and Shito-ryu, for example. Ultimately, all modern styles of karate that evolved from the Shuri-te lineage can be traced back to the teaching of Bushi Matsumura.