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One January 15th 1956, Tatsuo Shimabuku named his style "Isshinryu" or "One heart way" . The name was to signify him bringing together all he had learned under the three masters that taught him. While he spent time under the tutelage of both Chojun Miyagi and Motobu Choki, He spent the most amount of time under the legendary Shuri Te master Chotoku Kyan. This is a list of the 8 empty hand Kata taught in Isshinryu and some insight to their origins.
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"Seisan" means 13 and is said to be one of the oldest kata. Seisan came to Isshinryu from Shuri Te through the teachings of Chotoku Kyan.
Seiunchin can be interpreted to mean "pulling". This Kata came to Isshinryu ryu from Goju Ryu Karate through the teachings of Chojun Miyagi
Naihanchi can be interpreted to mean "internal divide". This Kata came to Isshinryu through Shuri/Tomari Te most likely through the teachings of Motobu Choki
Wansu is said to be the name of a Chinese diplomat who was skilled in the art of Fujian White Crane Kung fu. This kata was brought to Isshinryu from Shuri Te from the teachings of Chotoku Kyan
Legend says "Chinto" is said to have been a stranded sailor who taught the karate master Sokon Matsumura. This kata came to Isshinryu from SHuri Te through the teachings of Chotoku Kyan.
Kusanku is also said to refer to a Chinese diplomat who was a martial arts expert. Brought to Isshinryu through SHuri Te from the teachings of Chotoku Kyan
Said to mean "Strong Man Kata", this is the only true "Isshinryu" kata as it was created by Tatsuo Shimabuku Himself.
Sanchin means three battles and refers to the Mental, Physical, and Spiritual battles we all must over come. This kata came to Isshinryu from Goju Ryu through the teachings of Chojun Miyagi