Shorinjiryu Today

Today there are various Shorinjiryu schools that can trace their lineage back to Shinan Hisataka.

In 1964, by special invitation of the Japanese Government, Shorinjiryu was introduced to the United States at the New York World’s Fair held in Flushing Meadow Park. Shortly thereafter, many of the various Japanese Shorinjiryu instructors opened schools on the East coast and Canada. The schools separated forming their own associations and federations soon after the Shinan retired.

An interesting event took place in 1988 when the Kenryukan school under Hanshi Lubitsch was requested to put on a demonstration at the original starting location of Shorinjiryu in the United States at Flushing Meadow Park, proving the old adage that all things that go around, come around.

Sometime about 1973, the idea of the Kenryukan School developed in response to the need to maintain greater piety to the original school. In recognition of the originator, and with the acquiescence of Tamon Kashimoto, Hanshi Lubitsch’s main teacher, many of the forms, the use of bogu, the ceremonies, the Shorinjiryu name, and the special emblem (tomoe) were re-instituted. While piety to the origin is respected certain innovations have been instituted to reflect modern needs and training methods.

For greater realism a new system of combat for contests was developed. Under this system multiple techniques and counter techniques can be delivered and scored, thereby allowing for a more realistic contest. The use of more self-defense techniques, greater use of weapons, a greater stress on basics and the institution of a demonstration team are among other innovations that make Kenryukan a more complete system. The insistence upon contest participation as opposed to isolationism enables the students to appreciate Shorinjiryu Kenryukan and its institutions. One of the greatest innovations was the Shinzen Shiai which is the literally, “A Gathering of the Shorinjiryu Karate Family.” This is the largest strictly Shorinjiryu tournament in the world. In 1986, Kyoshi John Mirrione, Sr. of Shorinjiryu Kenkokai joined with Hanshi Lubitsch in an effort to establish greater communications exchanges of techniques, theories, philosophies, general knowledge and friendship. That union resulted in the formation of the Shorinjiryu Shinzen Kyokai currently the largest grouping of Shorinjiryu practitioners in the world. Shihan Daniel Hayes of the Shorinjiryu Kenkukai, took over as the senior vice president when Kyoshi John Mirrione, Sr retired from that position. Currently, there are twelve schools of Shorinjiryu consisting of 30 dojos and an excess of tens of hundreds students.