Welcome to the Dojo

Located at the Penobscot Bay YMCA, the Rockland Matsubayashi-Ryu Dojo is the oldest dojo in Maine dedicated to practicing traditional Okinawan Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu karate. 

As a World Matsubayashi-ryu Karatedo Association (WMKA) dojo, we focus on the basics of Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu karate, while practicing the 18 traditional Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu Kata. We work on fighting techniques through the exploration of the 7 Yakusoku Kumite drills (choreographed fighting drills) as well as through Kumite (sparring).

Originally founded in Rockland, Maine in 2006, our dojo moved to the Penobscot Bay YMCA in 2011, and all of our classes continue to be free to Penobscot Bay YMCA members. The dojo is led by David Troup sensei, Godan (fifth-degree black belt), under the direction of Yoshitaka Taira, Hanshi, 10th Dan, president of the WMKA. We are committed to teaching the style as it developed around Tomari Village in Okinawa, was passed down from the early masters, and was shaped into a specific style founded by Grandmaster Shoshin Nagamine in 1947.

Karate practice strengthens the mind, develops composure, a clearer thought process, deeper insight into one’s mental capabilities, and more self-confidence. It strengthens the entire body, improves coordination, quickens reflexes, builds stamina, and overall health.

You are welcome to join us at any level.

Grandmaster Shoshin Nagamine—the founder of Matsubayashi-ryu
Grandmaster Shoshin Nagamine, the founder of Matsubayashi-ryu
The logo of the World Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do Association