World Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Federation (WSKF)
The World Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Federation was created in 1970 to organize and promote Matsubayashi-Ryu Shorin-Ryu Karate in the United States. Hanshi Frank Grant was appointed president. Grand Master Shoshin Nagamine supported and promoted Hanshi Grant and the WSKF until his death.
Hanshi Grant has taught Karate for over 50 years, presided as president of the WSKF for 30 years, and now is the Chairman of the Board. He has raised many dojo and black belts around the world.
The name Matsubayashi-Ryu and the patch were given to the WSKF to use by Grand Master Shoshin Nagamine. The trademark that has been in effect since 1995, and prohibits people from using these items without permission. This prohibition, according to law, does not apply to organizations or people who were using the name or the patch prior to them being trademarked. This is why you will see many sites using the patch and the name Matsubayshi-Ryu if they were around before 1995.
In June 2014, Hanshi Grant’s book “My Promise to the Master” (A comprehensive analysis of the The Next Step for Shoshin Nagmine’s Matsubayashi-Ryu) was published. This book is a compilation of Hanshi’s training under Grand Master Nagamine and his continued refinement of Matsubayashi-Ryu. The Grand Master’s book The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do is a blueprint of all 18 Matsubayashi-Ryu kata and is a go-to book for learning the proper sequence of the techniques. In Hanshi Grant’s book, he provides in-depth details about techniques the Master wanted the more advanced students to understand. This book is an extension of the Grand Master’s vision for Matsubayashi-Ryu.