International Isshin~ryu Karate Association

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It is said that "Time is the great healer of wounds," and that is true. It is also true that time is the "great distorter of facts."

When dealing with the evolution of an unarmed system of self-defense on Okinawa, the development of Isshin-ryu and even our system's founder, Tatsuo Shimabuku, there are multiple, conflicting accounts relating to places, dates, events and people.

At first blush, one might question "how" that is possible, after all, history is history, right? Not necessarily.

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