Before 1989, Karate had carried on illegally for a long period of time. That is the reason why this disturbance wasn't united. It is difficult to establish the veracity of these events, as there are no official documents which can give us the exact chronology of the evolution of Karate in Romania. There is a possibility that the circulated information from a generation to another, to be true or not. In the totalitarian regime, this discipline took place only in a few powerful centres, in the country. Nowadays this is spread almost in every district. From the beginning, Karate met the harsh opposition of the police, security and even of public opinion. The last one considered that Karate meant street fight and hooliganism.
In 1982, The National Council of Sportive Education forbade, by law, the practice of Karate in Romania.
The ones who were devoted to this disturbance continued their trainings and found methods by which they "fooled" the law, or they were continually changing their training places, or they even pretended that they were doing gymnastic, self-defence, judo, or modern dance.
Nevertheless, this discipline managed to obtain spectacular performances, by taking part in national and international seminars, and even International Coups.
At the beginning of 1990, Karate started to be legal in Romania and the first national ruling structures were organized. The Romanian Martial Arts Federation (FRAM) was organized, federation in which all disciplines with "martial" character found their place. A Karate department was created too, with sections for each style.
In the next years, the first official tournaments, the first national competitions took place. Training and judging camps were organized, where prestigious masters were invited, and later appeared the results in international competitions.
Upon these positives aspects, there had existed many negative aspects such as rivalry between certain groups and aspects connected to the promotion and according the grades to certain people which were not so competent, in the other's disadvantage.
Convenient to Romanian Shorin Ryu history, the first steps regarding the introduction of this style in the country, were made by Sensei Florin Patrascu, in 1980, being helped by the possibility of traveling in Europe and taking contact directly with foreign Shorin Ryu people.