Isshinryu Karate

The History of Isshinryu Karate

Isshinryu (one heart/one mind) formally introduced in 1953 by founding master Tatsuo Shimabuku of Okinawa, Japan. Soke Shimabuku began his study of Shorin-Ryu under Master Choki Motobu and later enhanced his study with Master Chojun Miyagi (Goju Ryu, breathing techniques).  He furthered his study of Shorin Ryu under Master Chotoku Kyan (Shobayashi Ryu).  Later, he furthered his study of  the bo, sai, tonfa and nunchaku with Master Shinken Taira. Isshinryu utilizes a refined combination of the best of these styles and epitomizes the lightning fast techniques of Okinawan Karate and Kobu-do.