ISSHINRYU KARATE STUDENT KNOWLEDGE

QUESTIONS TO BE STUDIED FOR EACH RANK TEST

EVERYONE MUST KNOW

Karate Creed


I come to you with only my Karate - empty hands. I have no weapons.

But should I be forced to defend myself, my principles, or my honor - 

Should it be a matter of life or death, right or wrong,

then here are my weapons: Karate - my empty hands.


Eight Isshinryu Codes


A persons heart is like Heaven and Earth

The blood circulation is like the Moon and Sun

The manner of drinking or spitting is either hard or soft

A person's unbalance is the same as a weight

The body should be able to change directions at any time

The time to strike is when the opportunity presents itself

The eye must see all sides

the ear must listen in all directions


Objectives of Karate-Ka


Live Karate Daily

Look, Act, and Feel Sharp

Learn from one's mistakes

Be efficient and sieze opportunity quickly

Block hard, hit hard

Correct all errors

Give 100% effort at all times

Know nothing is free or easy

Rely on oneself

Have self control

YELLOW BELT KNOWLEDGE

  1. What style of Karate do you study?     (Isshin-Ryu)

  2. What is the English translation of Isshin-Ryu?    (One Heart Way)

  3. Who is the founder of this style?    (Tatsuo Shimabuku)

  4. What is the name of the official patch/symbol of Isshin-Ryu?    (Mizu Gami)

  5. What are the three parts of Karate?    (Physical, Mental, Spiritual)

  6. What are the "Two Hardest Things About Karate"?    (Starting Karate and Sticking with it)

  7. What are the two style that make up our style?    (Goju-Ryu and Shorin-Ryu)

  8. What does Karate mean?    (Empty Hands)

  9. What does Sensei mean?    (Teacher or Instructor)

  10. What does Kiotsuke mean?    (Attention)

  11. Assuming you pass, what rank will you be?    (Hachi-Kyu, 8th Grade Yellow Belt)

ORANGE BELT KNOWLEDGE

All Prior Questions In Addition To:

  1. ​What does the name Tatsuo mean? (Dragon Man)

  2. What country was Master Shimabuku born? (Okinawa)

  3. On what date was Master Shimabuku born? (September 19, 1908)

  4. On what date did Master Shimabuku die? (May 30, 1975)

  5. What was Master Shimabuku's birth name (Shinkichi Shimabukuro)

  6. What date did Isshin-ryu become an official style? (January 15, 1954)

  7. What does Kihon Dachi mean? (Basic Stance)

  8. What does Karate-Ka mean? (Karate Student)

  9. What does Kata mean? (Pre-Arranged Fighting Techniques)

  10. What does Bunkai mean? (Application of Kata)

  11. what rank are you right now? (Hachi-Kyu, 8th Grade Yellow Belt)

  12. Assuming you pass, what rank will you be? (Shichi-kyu, 7th Grade Orange Belt)

BLUE BELT KNOWLEDGE

All Prior Questions, In Addition To:​

  1. Who was Master Shimabuku's first Karate instructor? (His Uncle)

  2. Who was Master Shimabuku's first Master instructor? (Chotoku Kyan)

  3. What style did this Master teach? (Shorin-Ryu)

  4. Who was Master Shimabuku's second Master instructor? (Chojun Miyagi)

  5. What style did this Master teach? (Goju-Ryu)

  6. On what date did Chotoku Kyan die? (September 30, 1945)

  7. What are the two Kata's from the Goju-Ryu style? (Seiuchin, Sanchin)

  8. Who is Angi Uezo? (Master Shimabuku's son-in-law)

  9. What rank are you now? (Shichi-kyu, 7th Grade Orange Belt)

  10. Assuming you pass, what rank will you be? (Rok-kyu, 6th Grade Blue Belt)

GREEN BELT KNOWLEDGE

All Prior Questions In Addition To:​

  1. Name one thing that differentiates Isshin-Ryu from all other styles? (Vertical Fist, Low Kicks, Upright Stances, Susnu Kata)

  2. What does The orange ring around the Mizu Game signify? (Fire)

  3. Who was Master Shimabuku's third Master instructor? (Choki Motobu)

  4. Who was Master Shimabuku's Master weapons instructor? (Tiara Shinken)

  5. What does Nukite mean? (Spear Hand)

  6. What does Shuto mean? (Knife Hand)

  7. What does Aregato mean? (Thank You)

  8. What rank are you now? (Rok-kyu, 6th Grade Blue Belt)

  9. Assuming you pass, what rank will you be? (Go-kyu, 5th Grade Been Belt)

PURPLE BELT KNOWLEDGE

All Prior Questions In Addition To:

  1. What does the grey background of the Mizu Game signify? (The Serenity Of Life)

  2. What is the name of Master Shimabuku's oldest son? (Kichero Shimabuku)

  3. Who is considered the "Father of Modern Karate"? (Gichin Funakoshi)

  4. The "Father of Modern Karate" was born where? (Shuri, Okinawa)

  5. What does the churning water represent on the Mizu Gami? (The Turbulence Of Life)

  6. What are the three weapons taught in the Isshin-ryu system? (Bo, Sai, Tuifa)

  7. What did the weapons originate from? (Farm Tools)

  8. What does Konichiwa mean? (Good Afternoon)

  9. What does Shinkichi mean? (Good Fortune)

  10. What does Ki/Chi mean? (Internal Energy)

  11. What rank are you now? (Go-kyu, 5th Grade Green Belt)

  12. Assuming you pass, what rank will you be? (Yon-yu, 4th Grade Purple Belt)

BROWN BELT KNOWLEDGE

All Prior Questions In Addition To:

  1. What is unique about Sunsu Kata? (Only Taught In Isshin-ryu)

  2. Of the three arrows of Karate which do you think is the strongest in and why?

  3. Which of master Shimabuku's instructors was considered an excellent fighter? (Choki Motobu)

  4. Cotoku Kyan was know in Okinawa as Chan Mig-Wa, which translates to what? (Small Eyed Kyan)

  5. Name four of the first generation students? (Harold Mitchum, Don Nagle, AJ Advincula, Harold Long, Sherman Harill, Steve Armstrong, Russel Best, Angi Uezu, Kichero Shimabuku, Shinso Shimabuku)

  6. What rank are you now? (Yon-kyu, 4th grade Purple Belt)

  7. Assuming you pass, what rank will you be? (San-kyu, 3rd grade Brown Belt)

  8. You will get two more promotions while brown belt, what are they? (Ni-kyu, 2nd Grade Brown Belt and Ick-kyu, 1st Grade Brown Belt)

BLACK BELT (SHODAN) KNOWLEDGE

Black Belt candidates will be required to take Sensei Cunningham's test with different questions, click button below for document with knowledge to study.

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