George Dillman claims to teach Ryukyu (Okinawan) Kempo Tomari-te. The theory here is that there were three villages teaching Kempo: Naha, Shuri, and Tomari. I have heard that Tomari really did not have its own form of Kempo, and George Dillman has simply used this but it is historically inaccurate. Can anyone shed any light on this?
Each style of Te (or Tii or Dii in the Okinawan language) is named for the region from which it originated; in this case, the Tomari village, which is in the greater Naha region.
Tomari-te is not just a predecessor of Dillman's Ryukyu Kempo, but of Shorinji-ryu, Motobu-ryu, Shorin(Matsubayashi)-ryu and many others. Saying that Dillman teaches Tomari-te is a bit like saying that I teach Iga-ryu Ninjutsu – Some of the techniques in the Bujinkan may derive from the older ryuha but I was never trained explicitly in that. By that same token, Dillman's instruction traces back to Tomari-te by way of (from what I can determine):
(Teruya Kishin & Sokyu Karyu) -> Matsumora Kousaku -> (Motobu Choki & Kyan Chotoku) -> Shimabuku Tatsuo -> Harry G. Smith -> George Dillman
In all fairness, before he got all into the Dim Mak / Kyushojutsu stuff, Dillman was a [fairly respectable martial artist(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Dillman) [NB: Labeling someone as a fantasist seems to be pretty non-NPOV for wikipedia]. As far as I can determine, Dillman had no direct training in Tomari-te, and uses the name as a means of promoting his brand of kempo as something older.
Dillman aside, Tomari-te is acknowledged as a root of Isshin-ryu, and is noted as a root of Motobu-ryu in McCarthy, Patrick and Yuriko (2002). "Motobu Teacher/Student Lineage Chart". Motobu Choki: Karate, My Art. Australia: International Ryukyu Karate Research Group. p.118.[aka Watashi no Karate-jutsu].
By all accounts that I've read, Tomari-te was indeed a distinct style, but over time (and proximity to Shuri) largely blended with the more popular Shuri-te.
Here is some information that might be helpful to you: http://karatedo.hakuakai-matsubushidojo.com/tomarite.html