Isshinryu Karate – One Heart Way

Isshinryu is a style of karate that originated in Okinawa, founded by Sensei Tatsuo Shimabuku and then brought to the US by Sensei Don Nagle and other US Marines. It is a combination of Shorin Ryu and Goju Ryu Components of Training Physical Training including calisthenics Basic Drills Kata (form) Self Defense training Sparring Basic Drills – Upper Body 1. Straight punch 2. Upper cut 3. Reverse punch 4. Reverse upper cut 5. Down block/straight punch 6. Shoulder high block/reverse punch 7. Open hand block/fingertip strike 8. Open hand over head parry/reverse upper cut 9. Over head block/reverse punch 10. Back fist/reverse punch 11. Down block/5 straight punches 12. Shoulder high block/5 straight punches 13. Down Open hand block/open hand neck strike 14. Inside open hand parry/ 2 inverted knuckle strikes 15. Step back into cat stance/over head block and elbow strike Basic Drills – Kicks 1. Straight snap kick 2. Knee kick - 45° kick to knee cap 3. Cross over heel kick 4. Side blade kick 5. Side snap kick 6. Round house kick 7. Back kick 8. Thrust kick 9. Knee strike

Kata Seisan - Bushi Matusmura developed Seisan as part of Okinawan Shrui- Te style. He passed the kata to Chotoku Kyan, who passed it to Tatsuo Shimabuku. Seiuchin - Seiuchin traces back to Kanryo Higaonna of the Naha-te system (1853-1915). Higaonna traveled to China and studied Chinese Kempo. One of Higaonnas most famous students was Chojun Miyagi (1887-1953). Miyagi also traveled to China and spent four years studying Chinese martial arts. In 1920, Miyagi founded the karate system GojuRyu. Goju translates to hard-soft. It is unknown if Seiuchin was developed by Kanryo Higaonna or Chojun Miyagi, but Seiuchin has roots in the Chinese systems. Naihanchi - Sokun Bushi Matsumura brought Naihanchi to Okinawa from China. Matsumura taught this kata to Chotoku Kyan who in turn taught it to Tatsuo Shimabuku. There are three versions of this kata: Naihanchi Sho Dan, Ni Dan, and San Dan. Wansu - Wansu Kata is named after a Chinese military envoy named Wanshu. He was sent to the Torari village around 1683. Wanshu taught Chinese Kempo to the village people. Wanshu taught Karate Sakugawa, who taught Chokun Macabe who developed/refined Wanshu. Chokun Macabe taught Kosaku Matsumora who taught Maeda Peichin who taught Chotoku Kyan. Kyan taught the kata to Tatsuo Shimabuku. Chinto - A Chinese sailor named Chinto was shipwrecked on Okinawa by a terrible storm. He hid in caves near the beach and stole food at night to survive. Villagers complained to the famous Samuri Sokun Bushi Matsumura was sent capture Chinto. Chinto blocked or eluded all of Matsumuras techniques, then ran away. Later, Matsumura found him hiding in a cemetery and befriended him, Chinto in turn taught Matsumura his techniques. Matsumura taught Kyan who taught Master Shimabuku. Kusanku - In 1756 a Chinese military envoy named Kusanku was sent to Okinawa he was a skilled Kempo master famous for his fighting skills. Sakugawa No Kusanku was developed by Karate Sakugawa based on his instruction from Kusanku. Sakugawa taught this version to Soken Bushi Matsumura. This lineage was further divided into two other forms of the kata, Kusanku Dai and Kusanku Sho. Chatan Yara developed his own version based on his training with Kusanku. He instructed Yara Peichin who in turn instructed Chotoku Kyan who taught Tatsuo Shimabuku. Sunsu - Sunsu Kata is the only empty hand kata that is unique to Isshinryu developed by Master Shimabuku in the 1940s. Master Shimabuku used the techniques that he felt were the best combat techniques to form his new kata. Sanchin - Sanchin Kata is the oldest kata whose origins are believed to go all the way back to Bodhidharma and the exercises he taught Chinese Buddhist monks at the Shaolin Temple. Kanryo Higaonna, founder of Naha-Te, brought Sanchin Kata from China to Okinawa. Higaonna taught the kata to Chojun Miyagi, founder of Goju-Ryu, who in turn taught the kata to Tatsuo Shimabuku.

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