NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC REGARDING FALSE MEMBERSHIP AND RANK STATUS CLAIMS:
The World Matsubayashi-Ryu (Shorin-Ryu) Karate-Do Association (TM) welcomes membership inquiries from Matsubayashi-Ryu dojo around the world. Correspondence regarding Matsubayashi-Ryu and/or membership in the WMKA may be sent to the following address:
The page will answer some of the most commonly asked questions about WMKA membership. More complete details are available from the Membership Office. The information contained here is subject to change.
Fees. The current annual fee for membership is $100 per dojo and branch (each dojo and branch receive a charter) and $25 per dojo member. Each member receives a WMKA Membership Card. Checks should be made payable to the WMKA. Dues must be paid for each dojo member, regardless of age or rank.
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 WMKA and licensed dojo is direct.
Application Materials. An applicant should submit the following to the WMKA 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 WMKA President Taira 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 WMKA setting forth the details of membership. Membership is not effective until the agreement is completed and accepted.
Membership. Belonging to the WMKA means belonging to the rich Nagamine lineage. Soke Nagamine had been actively reaching out to dojos that had become separated over the years and we welcome all membership inquiries.
As Matsubayashi-Ryu students and teachers, it is our duty to help preserve and perpetuate the art. One of our responsibilities as WMKA 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 WMKA's high technical standards.
Patch. WMKA members are authorized to wear the well-known Shorin-Ryu patch shown above.
Dan Certificates. Dan certificates are issued by Soke Takayoshi Nagamine to successful candidates who are WMKA members in good standing. Certificates are not issued to non-members. The minimum age for the rank of shodan is 16.
WMKA Dojo Listing. WMKA member dojo in good standing are also listed in the WMKA Dojo Listing at this website. The Dojo Listing is very helpful to people moving around the country or the world. It also helps to facilitate dojo visits.
We hope that you will consider WMKA 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 obligation.