Isshinryu

History of Isshinryu Karate

Shimabuku pounding nails

Shimabuku pounding nails

Under these three sensei’s, Tatsuo Shimabuku developed abilities that mutually complemented one another in making him a quintessential karate-ka; flexibility, coordination, power, speed, balance, ki, technical perfectionism, oneness with the art, heightened awareness, honor, humility, streetwise practicality. With additional training under weapons experts, Tatsuo Shimabuku became one of the most accomplished karate-ka of his day. From the late 1920’s to the 1940’s, Master Shimabuku’s prestige and authority in karate increased. Like most of the Okinawan population, Master Shimabuku was a poor farmer. He also worked in his village as a local tax collector. The first half of the 20th century was very difficult for Okinawans in his station in life. The Japanese rulers were unconcerned about the extreme economic hardship on the island, and unresponsive to the Okinawan leaders’ petitions for land and tax reform.