The Isshinryu Hand Katas

1.       Seisan
From Shorin Ryu. It derives its name from Master Seshan. Emphasizes a straightforward stance, seiken tzuki blocking, the mae geri, and rapid technique. 


2.       Seiuchin
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. 

3.       Naihanchin
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.

4.       Wansu
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

5.       Chinto
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. 
6.       Kusanku
From Shorin Ryu. It derives its name from Master Kushanku. Designed for fighting under conditions with limited-light, and teaches evasive techniques. 

7.       Sunsu
This is the kata that Master Shimabuku personally developed, and bears his nickname. It is the longest and most difficult kata to perform. 

8.  Sanchin
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.

Bo Kata
Tokumeni-No-Kon
Urashe-No-Kon 
Sishi-No-Kun-No-Dai

Sai Kata
Kusanku-Sai
Chantan-Yara-Sai

Tonfa or Tuifa Kata
Higa-No-Tuifa