Ryuei Ryu

Ryuei-ryu (劉衛流) is an Okinawan style of karate. It was originally a closely-guarded family style of the Nakaima family of Naha and is now one of the internationally recognized Okinawan karate styles. It is practiced in the United States, Argentina, Venezuela, Europe, and Okinawa.

This style of karate was first introduced to Okinawa around 1875 by Norisato Nakaima. Born of wealthy parents in Kume, Okinawa, Nakaima was a good scholar and, at the age of 19, went to Fuchou, China for advanced studies in the martial arts.

There a former guard to the Chinese embassies in the Ryukyu islands introduced him to a Chinese boxing teacher known as Ru Ru Ko, who also taught Sakiyama Kitoku and, later, Kanryo Higashionna.

Nakaima was accepted as a disciple, and, after 5-6 years of training, received a certificate of graduation from the master.

Just before leaving China, in order to further his experience in the martial arts, Nakaima traveled to the Fujian, Canton, and Beijing areas, where he collected a number of weapons to bring back home with him.

Back in Okinawa, Nakaima passed this Chinese boxing style in secret to his son Kenchu Nakaima, who then went on to teach it to his son, Kenko Nakaima (founder of the Ryuei Ryu Karate and Kobudo Preservation Society). In 1971, at the age of 60, Kenko Nakaima realized that in today’s world there was no longer a need to keep his family’s fighting system a secret, and so, with some hesitation, he took on a group of 20 school teachers as karate students.

Teruo Hayashi was one of the students of Kenko Nakaima, and borrowed some techniques and kata for his version of Shito-ryu known as Hayashi-ha karate, as well as into Seishinkai.