What Is Matsubayashi-Ryu?

We train in Matsubayashi-ryu Karate-do as taught by O’Sensei Shoshin Nagamine and passed down through the official ryu-ha lineage. This is a traditional Okinawan martial art founded in 1947 by Shoshin Nagamine (1907-1997) and based on the karate-do taught to him by Ankichi Arakaki (1899 – 1927), Choki Motobu (1871-1944), and Chotoku Kyan (1870-1945). This includes the physical elements of Atemi (Striking), Tuite (joint locks and manipulations), and Tai Sabaki (Body shifting) as well as the non-physical elements of Zazen practice (meditation and mind calming techniques). The WMKA is currently under the leadership of Sensei Yoshitaka Taira – who was elected WMKA President after the passing of Soke Takayoshi Nagamine, son of O’Sensei Shoshin Nagamine, and successor of the Matsubayashi-ryu Karate-do Lineage.

Matsubayashi-ryu is a traditional martial art born from man’s instinct for self-preservation and cultivated by generations of gifted masters who served to improve and pass on effective and useful techniques. This is a martial art designed for personal development and self-defense. We do not teach or engage in activities for showmanship or competition.

Sensei Yoshitaka Taira, President of WMKA

Sensei Yoshitaka Taira, President of WMKA


Our Philosophy and Focus

Kodokan-Seiler Dojo is dedicated to the promotion of Matsubayashi-ryu karate as handed down by the late Soke Takayoshi Nagamine.   Matsubayashi-ryu karate is an Okinawan martial art with a long history and tradition. 

Practice in tradition is the foundation of this style of karate, rather than a display for tournament. The chief instructors are Sensei Kevin Seiler (The Woodlands, TX), Don Seiler (Lakeville, MN), and Trevor Parks (Dallas, TX) who are all dedicated to carefully passing the knowledge of karate-do to their students.  In contrast to the many options available for combat sports, we do not train individuals for sporting competition. Rather, we focus on instruction in the history and principles of Okinawan Karate-do, as a part of Okinawan culture, and the applicability of those principles in a life pursuing wellness and peace. This is done through instruction in the physical techniques of Matsubayashi-ryu as found in kata, bunkai (applications) and kumite (a type of sparring, but in the context of personal defense - NOT sport). In addition, we engage in physical conditioning using Okinawan Hojo Undo (traditional body conditioning tools and exercises) and modern methods (weights, high intensity intervals, cognitive/ neurological conditioning). The final component is mental training for personal wellness and training effectiveness. This includes Zazen sitting and other mental focus training methods. The results are improved health, fitness, mental wellness and skill in empty-hand martial arts.


Kata is the Center of Training in Traditional Okinawan Karate-do. Kata is a prearranged set of movements that embody a set of fundamental offensive and defensive techniques. Each kata focuses on a particular fighting style or strategy. This strategy is intertwined in the stances, direction changes, blocks, and strikes included in the kata.

Proficiency in Karate-do is developed by merging one’s natural instincts and physical attributes with physiologically efficient and effective technique. Kata is the means for developing efficient and effective technique by focusing on proper stance, balance, atemi (focus), and self-awareness in the context of self-defense applications.

Learn More

To find out more about Matsubayashi-ryu and the World Matsubayashi-ryu (Shorin-Ryu) Karate-do Association, follow the link below.