Written up by Sensei Vern Graham
The Study of Isshin Ryu karate includes physical conditioning, learning Kata forms, self-defense, and sparring with opponents, as well as the development of the mind in the areas of self-discipline, and its connection with your physical movements.
The “Basics” of Isshin Ryu Karate are the basic stances, movements, blocks and punches found in the style.
They are the foundation for good karate performance, and the basis for what you will learn as you progress. They must be practiced continually as you progress, in order to achieve and maintain the proper form, focus, and power in your techniques.
The following are the Basics, but there are many things you must know about them that are not listed here due to space limitations.
should work with a qualified Black Belt in order to obtain the
additional instruction, and use this only as a reference.
Heiko Dachi, Seisan Dachi, Musubi Dachi
C-Step: Forwards and backwards, starting in Heiko into Seisan dachi.
Block / Straight Punch:
Block should be shoulder high with elbow 1 fist away from the
Punch is to the solar plexus, using a vertical fist with the
thumb locking the wrist, while the Block retracts to the hip.
It should not extend fully,
Block / Upper Cut:
Block should be above the head covering across to the other ear,
at a 45 degree angle, and with the forearm facing the expected strike
(palm toward the forehead).
Punch has the palm up and aims at the upper lip / nose area.
It should move in a straight line from the hip.
Leg Block / Face Punch:
Block starts with fist at opposite shoulder and swings down past
the other fist at the hip before crossing in front of the groin to the
leg block position 1 ½ to 2 fists in front of the thigh of the forward
Punch is delivered in a straight line from the hip toward the
opponent’s upper lip/nose.
It ends with the elbow slightly bent and the fist at a 45-degree
Block / Palm Heel Strike:
Block starts out with open hand moving across the waist to the
other hand and circling up to a side block position, only with a focus
downward and with the hand open, palm up, and the wrist locked back as
far as possible.
The Palm Heel strike follows a straight line from the hip to the
opponent’s upper lip / nose area, with the fingers up and the wrist