The European Matsubayashi-ryu (Shorin-ryu) Karate-do
Association (EMKA) welcomes membership inquiries from dojos and
individuals. Correspondence regarding Matsubayashi-Ryu and/or
membership in the EMKA may be sent to the following e-mail address:
Dojo Head. The dojo
head must hold at least the rank of 2nd dan. Dojo heads with a lower
dan must usually be sponsored by a qualifying dojo owner. Dojo branches
can also obtain licenses with proper sponsorship. The relationship
between the EMKA and licensed dojo is direct.
An applicant should submit the following to the EMKA Membership Office:
(1) a letter describing his or her Matsubayashi-Ryu training background
and the operations of the dojo; (2) a list of dojo members, with name,
rank and a specification of whether the student is an adult or child;
(3) his or her latest dan certificate; and (4) such other information
requested by the Membership Office. If the applicant's dan certificate
was issued by someone other than Osensei Shoshin Nagamine or Soke
Takayoshi Nagamine, arrangements should be made for an evaluation by
Soke Takayoshi Nagamine or a senior designee. Outside ranking is not
necessarily recognized. Upon approval of initial materials and
qualifications, the applicant will enter into a Dojo Owner's Agreement
with the EMKA setting forth the details of membership. Membership is
not effective until the agreement is completed and accepted.
Belonging to the EMKA means belonging to the rich Nagamine lineage.
Soke Nagamine has been actively reaching out to dojo that have become
separated over the years and welcomes membership inquiries.
As Matsubayashi-Ryu students and teachers, it is our duty to help
preserve and perpetuate the art. One of our responsibilities as EMKA
members is learning and performing the 18 kata and 7 yakusoku kumite
correctly. We must work hard to keep the kata as taught by Osensei
Nagamine pure and unaltered. There is one and only one Matsubayashi-Ryu
-- not several. Membership requires adherence to the EMKA's high
Dan certificates are issued by Soke Takayoshi Nagamine to successful
candidates who are EMKA members in good standing. Certificates are not
issued to non-members. The minimum age for the rank of shodan is 16.
EMKA Dojo Listing.
EMKA member dojo in good standing are listed in the EMKA Dojo Listing
at this website to help people moving around the world and to
facilitate dojo visits.
We hope that you will consider EMKA membership, not because of what you
can "get" but because of what you have to "offer" to the art of
Matsubayashi-Ryu. Service to the art is a privilege as well as an