Sokon "Bushi" Matsumura developed Shorin Ryu after beginning his training at age 9.
Legacy Shorin Ryu has an unbroken lineage to these roots and most specifically to Matsumura, the founder of Shorin Ryu Karate. With kata and lessons dating back to the 1700s in Okinawa and earlier, Legacy Shorin Ryu was developed by warriors - men and women whose lives depended on what they did actually working in the real world.
It was not a sport and not an excercise. It was a life and death practice.