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Our History our future

The Chief Instructor Sensei Juan Queris and Owner

welcomes you to BUDOKAI KARATE AND FITNESS . We are excited about the opportunity to get to know you and train with you on the traditional martial arts journey.
Sensei Juan Queris  started his journey in martial arts in 1966. He holds degrees in Jidokwan Tae Kwon Do, Chinese Kung Fu, Hapkido, Shobayashi Shorin Ryu & Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu. Sensei Queris has competed in numerous tournaments throughout the USA for more than 48 years, and he emphasizes in philosophical and traditional side of the art rather than "sport karate". Sensei Queris has trained numerous students to the level of black belt and instructor at his Dojo  in Winter Haven, FL.

Juan Queris
1953 - Present

Eizo Shimabukuro
1925- Present

Takahara Pēchine
 1683 -  1760

Shoshin Nagamine
1907 - 1997

Hohan Soken

Bushi Matsumura

1888 - 1953

Nabi Matsumura  1850's -  1930's

Eihachi Ota, Hanshi
1945 - Present

Chotoku Kyan
1870- 1945

Kanga Sakugawa, also Sakugawa Satunushi and Tode Sakugawa
1733 - 1815

the forefathers

In the attempt to trace and remember the men who help preserve Matsubayashi-ryu  lineage.  "Understanding the evolution of this lineage not only leads credibility to the successors of the style but helps differentiate the unique body mechanics which makes Matsubayashi-ryu so culturally important to the world of Okinawan Karate."
"Okinawan Katrate The Teachings of Eihachi Ota"
( By Michael Rovens) and ( Mark polland)


  "Chatan" yara



"Yomitan" Yara










The Future of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Matsubayashi Ryu
We would like to personally thank you for visting our website. We are proud of the training program we have to offer and believe you won't find a more professional and caring martial arts dojo in Polk County. Our karate program, like our core martial Arts curriculum, follows our unique training regimen which maximizes the student's ability to learn. It is our goal to develop each and every student to his of her full potential.
 WINTER HAVEN BUDOKAI Doors has been open at this particular location since 2011, which is a proud training program.  We believe you won’t find a more professional and caring Martial Arts Dojo in Polk County. Our Karate Program, like our core Martial Arts curriculum, follows our unique training regiment, which maximizes the student’s ability to learn. It is our goal to develop each and every student to his or her full potential.
The art of Matsubayashi-Ryu was founded in 1947 by Osensei Shoshin Nagamine (1907-1997) Hanshi, 10th dan. Matsubayashi-Ryu is a form of Shorin-ryu, which in turn is one of the major styles of Okinawan Karate-Do.

Our Martial Arts training curriculum consists of Traditional Okinawan Karate from the Matsubyashi-Ryu, Shorin-Ryu Style along with Self-Defense Arts. Combining these systems, our program offers a wide variety of self-defense applications and a unique format for developing self-confidence, self-respect, self-discipline and self-esteem

Sensei Juan Queris

The Meaning of Matsubayashi Ryu?
"Matsubayashi" is the Okinawn/Japanese pronunciation of the ideograms for "Pine Forest.: "Matsu" means "pine" and "Hayashi" means forest." When the two words are put together, the "H" of Hayashi is pronounced as "B". hence Matsubayashi. "Shorin" is the Chinese pronunciation of the same ideograms. The origin of this name is the Shaolin Temple in China. "Ryu" translates as style or system. Literally, it means "river," which conveys the image that an art is a living, flowing thing.
Characteristics of Matsubayashi Ryu?
The main characteristic of Matsubayashi_ryu is to start with very natural movements, with no sense of awkwardness, and use a natural respiration method. Therfore, it places great importance on handling the body in a natural way, rapid and tempo-free movements, and tanren (development through hard training) of sharp techniques. In Matsubayashi_ryu, Kata are regarded as being creative, and an enbu, demonstration, emphasizes the harmony of speed, power and weight. The purpose of training is to train in principle of shin-gi-tai-ichinyo, (oneness of mind-technique-body) and master it.