Isshin-Ryu Karate offers some important advantages over other styles, including:

  1. Elimination of fancy, superfluous techniques.
  2. Combination of the best of Shorin-Ryu and Goju-Ryu to form a realistic system of self-defense.
  3. Use of low kicks because low kicks allow you to move quickly with power and balance. They are also much harder to defend against than higher kicks.
  4. Use of short, natural stances, which eliminates wasted motion and major body shifting, giving a split second advantage in a self-defense situation.
  5. Hand and foot techniques are about 50/50 in the katas giving the students a well-rounded system of karate.
  6. Close-in techniques which are valuable for street fighting.
  7. Snap-punches and snap-kicks enable you to move in and out quickly in a self-defense situation and to immediately correct yourself if you miscalculate.
  8. Elements of hard blocking and soft blocking.
  9. Blocks executed with the muscular part of the forearm rather than the bone to prevent damage to the bone.
  10. A fist made with the thumb on top of the fist rather than over the first two fingers. This method locks the wrist, helping to prevent the fist from buckling at the wrist on impact.
  11. Vertical punch, which increases the speed and focus of the punch.
  12. Multiple-purpose techniques, allowing a block to become a strike and vice versa, making the shift from offense or defense a matter of split-second timing.

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