The Isshinryu Hand Katas
From Shorin Ryu. It derives its name from Master Seshan. Emphasizes a straightforward stance, seiken tzuki blocking, the mae geri, and rapid technique.
From Goju Ryu. Emphasizes a strong, low stance in which the heels are shoulder-width apart and the feet are pointed out on a 45-degree angle. It also stresses reinforced blocks and punches, breath control, and powerful techniques.
From Shorin Ryu. It is known for its "Toe-inward" stance (uchi hachiji dachi). Designed for fighting with one's back against a wall or on a ledge. Most Movements are performed in a lateral direction.
From Shorin Ryu. It is referred to as the "dumping form" because of the throw it contains. The technical term for this throw is kata garuma.
From Shorin Ryu. This kata emphasizes pivots and fighting on angles. Chinto is one of the most difficult kata to perform while maintaining good balance.
From Shorin Ryu. It derives its name from Master Kushanku. Designed for fighting under conditions with limited-light, and teaches evasive techniques.
This is the kata that Master Shimabuku personally developed, and bears his nickname. It is the longest and most difficult kata to perform.
From Goju Ryu. It emphasizes strong technique and breath control. The name means "three battles," and refers to the control of mind, body and breath during the performance of the kata.
The Isshinryu Weapon Katas
Martial Arts training with the use of tools as weapons is historical. In 1477, the territorial lords of Okinawa banned the private possession of weapons. In order for the general population to defend themselves, simple everyday tools were used as weapons. We continue the same training of these weapons.
Tonfa or Tuifa Kata