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Published by Justin Hove
This is an assortment I made through my progression through the ranks of Isshin-ryu karate. One Heart One Way. I have studied many styles. Many. This is very efficient. Although very dirty. Not for the bully or non committed. Everything from the history of my style to the kata and bukai. ( application )
This is an assortment I made through my progression through the ranks of Isshin-ryu karate. One Heart One Way. I have studied many styles. Many. This is very efficient. Although very dirty. Not for the bully or non committed. Everything from the history of my style to the kata and bukai. ( application )

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 SHIMABUKU TATSUO"Creator and Founder of Isshinryu Kara-te"Sept 19, 1908 - May 30, 1975Shimabuku Tatsuo the "Dragon Man" of Isshin-ryu was bornSeptember 19
, 1908Being a sumuchi, (Fortune Teller) he studied the oriental starconstellations. One constellation, "The East Dragon", was theinspiration for naming his system Isshin-ryu.Tatsuo also took his name from the Dragon of the East. Theheart of the dragon and named his system Isshin-ryu. We cansee in the picture of the Isshin-ryu Megami that there are threestars in line in the shape of one (***) in kanji (). The threestars are the heart of The East dragon. The same three stars arealso the heart of Scorpio.The name Isshin-ryu is found in the symbol of the Megami ??. The three stars on line (***) stand for the kanji orChinese character () one (ichi) or (is). The three stars (***) are the "Heart (Shin)" of the "Dragon" or "Scorpio""Ryu" is a homophone or a word having the same sound as another word but differing from it in spelling, origin,and meaning; For example, English "sum" and "some" are homophones. Another example is "night" and "knight".In Japanese, "ryu" , meaning a way, a style or a mode and "ryu" or , meaning dragon are homophones.Both are pronounced the same. "Kara" meaning "China" and "kara" meaning empty are also homophonese.
There are thirteen major features of Isshinryu Karate :
 1) Elimination of fancy techniques - once used to hide karate's killing power because it was against the law to practicekarate.2) Combination of the best of Shorin-ryu and Goju-ryu to form a basic, realistic system of self-defense.3) Use of low kicks (none above the waist) because low kicks allow you to move quickly with power and balance. Suchkicks are hard to see, and hard to block. Sport karate can use high kicks.4) Use of short, natural stances which eliminate wasted motion and major body shifting, giving a split-second timeadvantage in self-defense situation. Such stances are more adaptable to American physique and temperament becausethe stances follow natural body movements.5) Hand and foot techniques are about 50-50 in kata, giving the student a well-rounded system of karate.6) Close-in techniques which are valuable for street fighting (Bunkai).7) Snap-punches and snap kicks (punches and kicks come from a limb only 90% extended and immediately retracted),enabling you to move in and out quickly in a self-defense situation and to immediately correct yourself if youmiscalculate. The lack of full extension of the limb prevents excessive wear and tear on the hinge joints.8) Elements of hard blocking (meeting force with force) and soft blocking (deflecting or parrying the blows).9) Blocks executed with the muscular part and 2 bones of the forearm rather than one bone and all muscle part toprevent breakage of the bones.10) A fist made with the thumb on top of the fist rather than over the first two fingers. This method locks the wrist,helping to prevent the fist from buckling at the wrist on impact. This method also tightens the fist by allowing you to put tension on the top of the fist (thumb side) and the side of the fist (finger side).11) Vertical punch, which increases the speed and focus of the punch.12) Blocks are blocks and blocks are strikes. Basic kata teaches that blocks are blocks or kamae. Advanced Bunkai showsthat blocks are strikes. (Ask Sensei for explanation.)13) Kotekitai (arm conditioning exercises) - all Okinawan styles do arm conditioning.
hy the vertical fist?
One of the most distinguishing characteristics of Isshinryu is the vertical fist. Most new practitioners and disciples of otherarts wonder why we make a fist in this manner, and why don't we twist or "corkscrew" our punches like most otherstyles. The answers are really fairly simple and quite well thought out.For the answers, let's examine the dynamics of the Isshinryu punch. The properly executed Isshinryu punch is launchedfrom the side of the obi, keeping the fist vertical the entire time. The elbow is kept close to the side and the shoulder ismostly quiet. The punch is targeted at the solar plexus, - not higher at the face or head. Striking with the first twoknuckles of the hand and then snapped back - much like cracking a whip. At the completion of the punch the hand andarm are left in a position ready to punch or block again immediately with no wind up. When timed it is possible to land 3-4 of these punches in the time it takes to land one corkscrew punch, and if one believes the laws of physics i.e.Power=Speed x Mass it is easy to see that this punch is not only faster but more powerful that a twisting punch as well,as we are moving the same mass as in a twisting punch but with much more speed.Bio-mechanically the punch/fist is also much more sound. Beginning at the fist and moving up the arm: The fist is madeby holding the hand open and then slowly curling the fingers from the most distal knuckle until a fist tight enough tocompletely hide the fingernails is made. Then the thumb is pressed down on the second knuckle of the index finger. Thismakes an extremely hard and tight fist and keeps the hand much less prone to injury, and a much more effectiveweapon.Now, moving on to the wrist. Holding the fist vertically during the punch has the effect of distributing the impact to boththe radius and ulna. Try a twisting punch and notice the position of the radius - especially when your target is on thecenter line of your opponent- like the face or solar plexus. You will see that much more of the impact must be absorbedby the radius side of the joint where the joint is much "softer". Softer meaning that the joint on this side is comprised of small bones, cartilage and ligaments. Not to mention that the radius itself is by far the smaller, more fragile bone. Theforearm is also left in a stronger blocking position. Blocking across the wide, muscular side of the arm instead of a single,exposed bone has obvious advantages.Moving up the arm. In a twisting punch the elbow is turned outward, away from the body leaving it in probably it's most vulnerable position. When the joint is turned this direction and locked (as would happen if the punch was trapped, orslipped and countered) it takes little more than 20 pounds of pressure to dislocate or break the joint. Twisting the armoutward like this also has the effect of exposing the floating rib and in the case of a punch to the face or head alsoadducts the shoulder leaving it vulnerable to anterior dislocation and exposing a nice large vital/pressure point in the pit of the arm.

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