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We welcome you to one of our Dojo’s in South Africa. Use the information below to learn more.   


We teach the full range of Kata’s, from the foundational Kihon Kata to the advanced Gojushiho Kata. 


Kumite teaches you how to use fighting distance effectively in attacking and defending. 


Learn the weapon systems of Okinawan Kobudō.
The bo, nunchaku, tonfa (tuifa), kama, and eku. 

Kids & Karate

Discover how your kids, as young as 4 years old, can get started in the art and discipline of Karate. 

About Us

Shorin-Ryu South Africa, led by Kyoshi Claude Johnson (8th Dan), practices traditional Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo( Kobayashi-Ryu ) as taught by our late Grandmaster, Shugoro Nakazato “Hanshi JuDan” and now, his son, Hanshi JuDan, Minoro Nakazato from Naha, Okinawa, Japan.

Our passion is Shorin-Ryu Karate and we trust that you will enjoy your visit to the home of Shorin-Ryu Karate in South Africa.

Shorin-Ryu History

It’s important to understand the origins of Shorin-Ryu both in Japan and in South Africa.


Karate has its origins in the small island of Okinawa which is now part of Japan…

South Africa

Shihan Claude Johnson worked hard to establish Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan South Africa on 15 January 1994…

Find a Dojo Near You

We have 23 Dojo’s in SA. Use our Dojo Map to find the one closest to you.