Thesis Statement: Isshinryu may be the youngest karate to come from Okinawa, but it is as rich with spirit as the earlier forms.
I. Background on Isshinryu founder.
A. Birth date and location.
B. Teachers and influence
II. Description of Emblem and patch.
B. Explanation and meaning
A. Brief overview
IV. Ranking sytem
A. Kyu ranks
B. Dan ranks
C. Promotion requirements
Isshinryu Karate was developed and introduced in 1954 by Tatsuo Shimabuku on the island of Okinawa. His karate was the offspring of two different systems, Goju-Ryu and Shorin-Ryu. Goju-Ryu being the "Hard" method, and Shorin-Ryu being the "Soft" method. He introduced katas from other forms into his own form, and developed features unique to his newly created style. The ranking system, also unique to his style, was made up of 7 kyu ranks and 10 degrees of black belts.
A vision Shimabuku had in a dream also played a major role in the development of his style. The vision that helped him "mold" his karate into one form is represented on a patch presently worn on the gi's of his followers and their students. Isshinryu may be the youngest karate to come from Okinawa, but it is as rich with spirit as the earlier forms.
Shinkichi Shimabuku, founder of Isshinryu, was born on the island of Okinawa on September 19, 1908 (Armstrong 7). Upon reaching the age of six, Shimabuku would travel on foot, six miles down an old farm road to reach his uncle's house. His uncle, Chioyu, a Shorin-ryu Master, was reluctant to teach young Shimibuku. Instead, Chioyu made him perform menial chores around the dojo. After two years of chores and six mile walks,