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Traditional Okinawan Isshinryu Karate

Isshinryu is translated as "one heart method" in Japanese. It is a combination of Shorin-ryu and Goju-ryu Karate. Traditional Isshinryu at Genshin Ki Dojo is taught as 90% Isshinryu and 10% Shotokan. Isshinryu is commonly known for it's effective fast snap punch and the attractive Kata (forms) "see below". Isshinryu stresses "close in" techniques that are more practical rather then high flashy kicks. 

The reverse (thrust) punch comes from   Karate -  

Isshinryu also uses a "snap style" that permits you to move quickly, deliver more punches or kicks and leads naturally into other techniques. The reverse punch is also taught as part of the Isshinryu class structure so that students can benefit from a "snap" and "thrust" technique. This assists in making a well rounded Isshinryu karataka. There are 15 upper body exercises and 11 kicks that are required for promotion. Students learn a Kata (form) for each rank. As the student progresses, the Katas become more difficult to perform and perfection is stressed on both the older katas and the most recent learned. One will learn traditional history and philosophy and will have new Japanese terms and self defense requirements for each promotion. In addition, students will learn auxilery self defense and will spar (Kumite) and Meditate.

Although more then 80 % of Isshinryu Dojo's in the world attend tournaments, Genshin Ki Dojo believes this to be counter productive in any Martial arts training and refrains from this (see     page).

Isshinryu Karate was founded by Master  in 1954 -1956.  Master Shimabuku studied under  &     in

Then he studied under of     and finally with Kubudo (traditional weapons) Master   

For brief information on the styles that form Isshinryu, please place your mouse curser over each style.

"...We may not have knives, so make every finger unto a dagger.
Our maces our confiscated, so make every fist unto a mace.
Without spears, every arm must be unto a spear.
and every openhand unto a sword!"

~ Bohidarma ~


Kata is the Japanese word for form. Kata are systematic exercises and contain all of the various hand and foot movements arranged in precise patterns of movement. They are used to judge a student's progress and proficiency. As you progress in learning and perfecting the Katas, your body will become strong and flexible. Katas are prearranged forms practiced to increase skill, movement, understanding and power. To excel at Kata is to become one with the Kata and create a harmonious relationship with it. The movements should flow together with the speed and power each technique demands.

The main purpose of Kata are:

1. To develop form and co-ordination, speed and agility.
2. To make the body strong and flexible.
3. To learn the various techniques.
4. To learn body and weight shifting.
5. To learn harmony of breath with muscle action.
6. To learn to shift from one movement to another smoothly.
7. To learn the proper methods of changing from one stance to another.
8. To learn the proper use and expenditure of energy.
9. To develop Mushin (the mind/body relation necessary for mastering any martial art)

For additional information on each Kata, place mouse cursor over the kata name.

Isshinryu Katas
Rank required for Kata Stresses
Seisan
Balance
Seiuchin
Breath Control
Naihanchi
Faking
l
Wansu
General
l l
Chinto
Pivots
l
Ku-San-Ku
Darkness
l
Sunsu
General
l
Sanchin
Tension
l l
Ku-San-Ku Sai
Kobudo Sai
l l l
Shishi-No-Kun-No-Dai
Kobudo Bo
l l l l
Chatan-Yara-No-Sai
Kobudo Sai
l l l l l
Chie-Fa
Kobudo Tonfa

Through Kata you will better understand the nature of motion and change. You will learn how to empty your mind of conscious thought so that your body can move more spontaneously.

The classic kata are the ones handed down by the past Masters, and were designed as both physical and mental excercises. Within these classic kata are woven many hidden techniques. Kata were originally developed by the past Masters as a means of cataloging certain techniques that they didn't want forgotten, and as a system for practicing the various techniques.