Isshin Ryu

Isshin Ryu's main objective is the perfection of oneself through both physical and mental development.  
As students learn the art of self-defence, they acquire self-confidence, serenity, and the ability to concentrate.  
Isshin Ryu Karate combines a well-rounded exercise program with some important advantages over other styles which include:

1. Isshin Ryu kicks and punches are thrown from natural stances, eliminating wasted motion and giving you split-second advantages over opponents using other styles.

2. Isshin Ryu stresses proficiency with both hand and foot techniques, making it the most versatile form of Karate because you have no weak points.

3. Isshin Ryu is the most realistic style of Karate, stressing "close-in" techniques necessary for "street fighting" where you have no time for elaborate, time-consuming wind-ups of other styles.

4. Isshin Ryu is the most sensible form of Karate, with snap-punch and snap-kick techniques that permit you to move in and out quickly without committing yourself to a disadvantaged position, should you miss or misjudge.

5. Isshin Ryu is more adaptable to the American/Australian physique and temperament than other more rigid styles because it designed by the Okinawan Master Tatsuo Shimabuku to follow natural body movements.

6. Isshin Ryu will put you into better physical shape because it provides you with an aggressive exercise program that will improve your muscle tone, suppleness, speed, and wind.

7. Isshin Ryu may help you in your job or at school, since the mental and physical conditioning provides you with an opportunity to "wind-down" from daily tensions and frustrations.

Master Shimabuku's Code of Karate

  1. A person's heart is the same as Heaven and Earth.

  2. The blood circulating is similar to the Moon and Sun.

  3. The manner of drinking and spitting is either hard or soft.

  4. A person's unbalance is the same as a weight.

  5. The body should be able to change direction (motion) at any time.

  6. The time to strike is when the opportunity presents itself.

  7. The eye must see every way.

  8. The ear must listen in all directions.

The Karate Triangle.
The practice of karate, karate-do, is primarily comprised of three components:
  1. Kihon
  2. Kata
  3. Kumite
The continuous and dedicated practice of these three elements or points, naturally, results in continuous improvement in each of them.  Each is important as the other and a dedicated karate-ka should practice each diligently, with the same amount of effort afforded to each.  The ultimate goal of practicing all the above, and it can be argued the ultimate aim of martial arts, is the continuous improvement and betterment of oneself and ones character.  Thus the three can be represented as points of a triangle, with oneself in the middle. 

However, to be a triangle these three points must be connected to one another.  It is ones personal improvement and development of character that forms the sides of the triangle and binds each point to the other, surrounding oneself.  If your personal development fails to keep pace with the inevitable strengthening of each point, the lines will break.  Resulting in the karate-ka loosing their way on the path of martial arts.  So becoming a person who might be able to kick and punch well but have poor strength of character.  Such people are generally called "thugs". 

There is a very apt saying "With great power comes greater responsibility".  It is the practice of the three that give the "power", but development of oneself that provides the "responsibility".

So, it is for each karate-ka to decide the orientation of their own "karate triangle", and as their martial arts journey progresses that orientation will invariably change.  However the development of ones character must remain a constant.