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Question:  What was the first official karate style?  

From Jim in California

Answer:  In Okinawa, there were three original "styles" of karate. Early styles of karate are often generalized as Shuri-te, Naha-te, and Tomari-te, named after the three cities from which they emerged. These three separate "styles" were the ancestors of later Okinawan and Japanese traditional styles.

The four, more modern, major karate styles developed in Japan, and especially in Okinawa are Shotokan, Wado-ryu, Shito-ryu, and Goju-ryu; many other styles of Karate are derived from these four. The first three of these styles find their origins in the Shorin-Ryu style from Shuri, Okinawa, while Goju-ryu finds its origins in Naha. Shuri karate is rather different from Naha karate, drawing on different predecessor influences. Shito-ryu can be regarded as a blend of Shuri and Naha traditions as its kata incorporate both Shuri and Naha kata

Source:  Wikipedia "Karate" and "Comparison of karate styles"

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