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Isshin Ryu

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The emblem is called Mizu-gami or Me-gami (depending on whose history you read). It shows a woman that represents quiet character, who is half sea-dragon. Her left hand is open in a universal sign of peace, and her right hand is closed in a fist representing strength if evil prevails
Mizugami In Asian mythology, the sea-serpent is born at the bottom of the sea and ascends to the heavens as depicted by the small dragon above her head. The churning sea and the gray background represents a typhoon. Mizu-gami represents a mother taking care of her child, calm and gentle as a mother would be under these circumstances, but ready to unleash the same amount of fury a mother would if her child was harmed in any fashion. The three stars represent the three arrows of karate: spiritual, physical, and mental.
This colorful emblem represents a vision which came to Master Shimabuku, in a dream he had during the time he was developing Isshin-Ryu. The words Isshin-Ryu, when translated from the Okinawan language, literally mean "One Heart Way". [Note: The word shin also means "mind", so you may see translations as "One Heart/Mind Way".]

Code of Karate

The Code of Karate was taken from the original Okinawan text, Bubishi, which is believed to have been extracted from a Chinese military text also known by the same name. There are many different translations, the following are the ones the Order of Isshin-ryu prefers to use:

  1. The mind is one with heaven and earth.
  2. The circulatory rhythm of the body is similar to the cycle of the sun and moon.
  3. The Law includes hardness and softness.
  4. Act in accordance with time and change.
  5. Techniques will occur when a void is found.
    (Often translated as "The time to strike is when the opportunity presents itself.")
  6. Distancing and posture dictates the outcome of the meeting.
    (Another version of the Bubishi translates this as "The Ma-Ai includes advancing and retreating, separating and meeting.")
  7. The eyes do not miss even the slightest change.
  8. The ears listen well in all directions.

Creed of Karate

I come to you with only karate - empty hands. I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself, my honor, or my principles, should it be a matter of life or death, of right or wrong, then here are my weapons - my empty hands.

- by Master Ed Parker, Kenpo Karate

Creed of Isshin Ryu Karate

I believe that success is the result of intelligent effort and does not depend upon luck or cheating. I believe I will get out of life exactly what I put into it; therefore, I will conduct myself toward others as I would want them to act toward me. I will not slight my work no matter what I may see others doing. I will render the best service of which I am capable and I know that success is always the result of conscientious and efficient effort.