International Isshin~ryu Karate Association

Isshin-Ryu History

Often referred to as the “parents” of Isshin-Ryu, Shorin-Ryu and Goju-Ryu are the two styles that Master Tatsuo Shimabuku blended to create Isshin-Ryu. Before looking at “why” Master Shimabuku blended…
Legends are born of many notions, and when properly fed, tend to grow over time. Who among us could have ever imagined that, at roughly five feet tall and one…
One afternoon Master Shimabuku was teaching in the courtyard of his home in Agena. There was a tank in the yard that he used to collect rainwater for his thirsty…
(Left to Right) JC Burris, Angi Uezu, Harold Long Knoxville, Tennessee, 1967 Left Master ShimabukuRight Harold Long Knoxville, Tennessee, 1966 (Left to Right) Harold Long, Harry Acklin, Master Shimabuku Tacoma…
As we know, before creating Isshin-ryu, Master Shimabuku was extensively trained in Shorin-ryu, Goju-ryu and Kubodo (weapons.) Naturally, having mastered these areas meant that he was keenly familiar with the…
As you read and study about Okinawan history, you will no doubt find various accounts relating to the significant cultural influences that led to the development of martial arts on…
Okinawa, the birthplace of Isshin-Ryu Karate, is the largest island in a chain known as the Ryukyu Islands, and is located in the Pacific Ocean approximately 350 miles south of…

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