History of Shin Nagare Karate

Shin Nagare Karate is a modern, American karate style that mixes elements of many martial arts. Founded in the 1980s by Leo Wilson Shihan, the style primarily evolved from traditional Shotokan Karate, Kickboxing, and Jujitsu.



Wilson Shihan founded Shin Nagare Karate at his dojo on Green Mountain in Huntsville, Alabama in the 1980s. The style evolved as an outgrowth of traditional Shotokan Karate, but with a heavy influence from American kickboxing that was popular at the time. Wilson Shihan had studied jujitsu since the 1940s. He incorporated elements of his jujitsu training into Shin Nagare. As with many other mixed styles of martial arts that came out of the 1980s and 1990s, Shin Nagare is thus a full-range martial art and a complete fighting system.


Growth Through the 1990s and 2000s

Study of Shin Nagare spread throughout the 1990s and 2000s. Beginning with schools throughout north Alabama, the system also quickly spread into Georgia and throughout the southeast, then into Kansas and the midwest. Though still a relatively small family, as measured by practicing students, there are now SNK schools throughout the US, Mexico, Canada, and Europe.