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 :