The European Matsubayashi-ryu (Shorin-ryu) Karate-do
Association (EMKA) welcomes membership inquiries from
individuals. Correspondence regarding Matsubayashi-Ryu
membership in the EMKA may be sent to the following e-mail
Dojo Head. The dojo
head must hold at least the rank of 2nd dan. Dojo heads with
dan must usually be sponsored by a qualifying dojo owner.
can also obtain licenses with proper sponsorship. The
between the EMKA and licensed dojo is direct.
An applicant should submit the following to the EMKA
(1) a letter describing his or her Matsubayashi-Ryu training
and the operations of the dojo; (2) a list of dojo members,
rank and a specification of whether the student is an adult
(3) his or her latest dan certificate; and (4) such other
requested by the Membership Office. If the applicant's dan
was issued by someone other than O'Sensei Shoshin Nagamine,
Soke Takayoshi Nagamine, or the current association board,
arrangements should be made for an evaluation by
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 WMKA setting forth the details of membership.
Membership is not effective until the agreement is completed and accepted.
Belonging to the WMKA means belonging to the rich Nagamine
Soke Nagamine and the current board 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
preserve and perpetuate the art. One of our responsibilities
as members is learning and performing the 18 kata and 7
correctly. We must work hard to keep the kata as taught by
Nagamine pure and unaltered. There is one and only one
-- not several. Membership requires adherence to the WMKA's
Dan certificates are issued by association president
Yoshitaka Taira to successful
candidates who are members in good standing. Certificates
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
at this website to help people moving around the world and
facilitate dojo visits.
We hope that you will consider membership, not because of
can "get" but because of what you have to "offer" to the art
Matsubayashi-Ryu. Service to the art is a privilege as well