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Thursday 7p - 8:30p
The term "Karate" is indigenous to the Island of Okinawa, often called the "Island of Karate". As with most cultures, a homegrown fighting art evolved called "Ti" in the Okinawa dialect. "Ti"
translates in English to hand. Later, with Okinawa's close ties to China, the self protection art of "Ti" combined with the Southern
Chinese combat arts and formed "Todi" or China hand. The term was later changed to "Karate" when Okinawa became a province of Japan. "Karate" which is often translated as "empty hand" can also be translated as "vastness of hand". "Vastness of hand" is probably a more appropriate term since the hands in the fighting arts are not actually "empty" but full of fighting technique.
Isshinryu Karate was formed in the 1950's by it's founder Tatsuo Shimabuku. Master Shimabuku, a native Okinawan, studied other forms of Okinawa Karate such as Shorinryu and Gojuryu which he
used to form his Isshinryu. The term "Gokui" is translated as "secret principles". Many instructors on Okinawa, after many years of study, often combine their favorite techniques and kata to form new systems. Isshinryu could be said to be Master Shimabuku's "Gokui". Shimabuku Sensei also studied Okinawa Kobudo (weapons) which he later added to the system.
Isshinryu is a very natural form of Karate. With it's high posture stances, vertical non-rotating punches, muscle blocks and snapping kicks, it is an ideal form of close quarters self defense.
Because of Isshinryu's natural body movements, it is excellent for health and can be practiced well into our senior years!
Jake Mulka promoted to NiDan & Marty Sims promoted to NiKyuMarch 22, 2012
OBK Promotions June 2010:Phil Angelella - 2nd Degree Black beltElena Lazzari - 1st Degree Black BeltDaniel Parrish - 3rd Degree Brown Belt
Ron Proudlock promoted to Ni Dan April, 2012
Adrianna Haddad promoted to Sho Dan, November 6, 2012
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