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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
C. Creation

II. Description of Emblem and patch.
A. Origin
B. Explanation and meaning
C. Symbolism

III. Kata
A. Brief overview
B. History
C. Explanation
D. Benefits

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
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, Shimabuku developed the patients and physical condition to begin karate training. His
uncle taught Shimabuku his system and started him off on his martial career. During his years of
adolescence Shimabuku changes his name from Shinkichi to Tatsuo meaning ?Dragon Boy?. It was
common during the 1920?s for a young boy to change his name during his adolescence years. With the
motivation from his uncle, Shimabuku sought out the famous Chotoku Kyan, another Shorin-ryu master.
After developing an excellent kicking ability, his next sense

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