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What is Isshinryu Karate?
Isshinryu (one heart/one mind) introduced in 1954 by Tatsuo Shimabuku. Sensei Shimabuku Studied both the Shorin-Ryu and Goju-Ryu systems; studied Kobayashi-Ryu under Chotoku Kiyan and later under Choki Motobu. Then He studied the Bo, Sai and Tonfa under Okinawa's most noted instructors. Isshinryu is a combination of the best of these styles and weapons techniques and epitomizes the powerful, lightning-fast techniques that enabled the weaponless Okinawans to endure the rein of the Chinese empire and to defeat the sword-wielding Samurai of Japan.
Isshinryu PatchThis patch represents an inspirational dream/vision that Shimabuku had while he was considering the creation of Isshinryu. The patch itself is in the shape of an Isshinryu fist. The female character, is a sea goddess named Magami by Master Shimabuku. She represents the serenity that a Karateka should display. Her left hand is held open in a sign of peace; her right is clenched in a fist, representing strength in case of bad intentions. The dragon ascending toward the three stars represents a sign of good luck and wisdom. Also Master Shimabuku's first name Tatsuo, means "Dragon Man", which may be significant as well. The three stars are interpreted to represent several things, Among them Master Shimabuku's three formal teachers, the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of Isshinryu and several others.
General Information about Isshinryu and Dojo Etiquette
Bows:Bows are the traditional way of displaying respect and humility. Za-rei, or Formal bows, are executed by kneeling with hands made into fists, knuckles resting on the floor, and feet crossed.
Informal bows (Tachi-rei) are executed by standing with heels together, feet pointed at 45 degree angle, hands at the sides with palms turned toward the thighs, bowing from the waist. They are used to begin and end an informal class, and before and after each of the following:
Example of Etiquette:When in the Dojo, all students should treat higher ranking students and Black Belts with the respect attributed to their rank. If you want to talk to an instructor or senior student stand silently until you are asked to speak; execute a Tachi-rei, ask your question, addressing him or her as Sensei, sir or use their last name appended with the suffix 'san (honorable). When the Sensei has completed his answer, bow again before walking away.
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15 Basic Isshinryu Hand Techniques (Te Waza)
9 Basic Isshinryu Kicking Techniques (Geri Waza)
Other Kicks not on the diagram:
Isshinryu KataKata are pre-determined defense, attack and counter-attack exercises. Kata develops speed, coordination, technique, and breath control.
There are eight empty hand kata that teach five stances in Isshinryu Karate. In addition, there are three Bo kata, two Sai kata, and one Tuifa Kata. The kata are named after Chinese Masters or the provinces in which they had taught karate.
Empty Hand Kata:
Kumite(sparing) In Ippon Kumite , sometimes called "one step sparing" one student throws one or two techniques while another attempts to block and counter-attack. Jiyu Kumite is the most advanced stage of sparing and is similar to sparring matches in boxing. Jiyu Kumite permits students to try techniques, to be original, and to find what works for them. The main objective is to find an opening in the opponent's defense. All the techniques must be under control without any intent to injure their opponent, but with good technique and minimum contact. Techniques are not allowed to the joints, eyes, spine or throat.
Master Shimabuku's Code of Karate
Also as always MANY THANKS to my Sensei Rick Plass for his time, patience, and dedication!
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