The purpose of Karate is not aggression, but self-defense. This ethical principle was developed by the Karate Masters of the past. It is most important that the student of Karate develop morally, in addition to developing his or her technique.
The Karate Creed:
“I come to you, my hands are empty, and I have no weapons. But if I am forced to defend myself, my friends, or my family, then these are my weapons, my hands.”
In the Ryukyu Islands a chain of Islands stretching from Japan to Taiwan. The Ryukyu Islands were later renamed Okinawa.
The art of Te(hand) which later became known as Karate(Empty hands) was developed with the fundamental human instinct of self-preservation.
In 1609 the Ryukyu Islands were subjugated by the Satsuma clan. The clan banned all weapons and martial arts on the islands which actually caused the arts acceleration. Much of the arts development and ways of use were guarded secrets.
They would train in remote places from midnight to dawn in fear of being caught by local authorities.
Shoshin Nagamine was born in July 15, 1907 in Tomari, Naha City, Okinawa and he spent his childhood being sickly. As he studied Karate he came to find his health was improving and as he got stronger he became known as Chippaii Matsu (The Tenacious Pine Tree). After 40 years of study he committed a name to the style he’d developed, and it was Matsubyashi (Pine Forest). His teachings are based on the ideas of Sensei Sokon Matsumura of Shuri and Sensei Kosaku Matsumura of Tomari who trained Sensei Chotoku Kyan and Sensei Choki Motobu.
The art of Karate was developed in Okinawa and honed by many masters. Despite much of the history regarding those facts have been lost to time, this is the history of Matsubyashi.
No matter how you may excel in the art of te,
and in your scholastic endeavors,
nothing is more important than your behavior
and your humanity as observed in daily life.