Basic Study Guide

FUGATE’S MARTIAL ARTS CENTER
BASIC STUDY GUIDE

Bonus Kicks
1. Sokuto geri --- Knee snap kick with blade edge of the foot
2. Ushirio geri --- Reverse kick with heel of the foot

Basic Vocabulary Words
Dojo Training Hall
Gi Uniform
Karate Empty (Kara) Hand (Te)
Kiai Spirit Yell
Kiotsuke! “Attention!”
Obi Belt
Rei Bow
Sensei Teacher

Intermediate Vocabulary Words
Gyaku Reverse Or Opposite
Hajime “Begin!”
Kata Formal Exercises
Kumite Sparring:
Kyū Rank Under Black Belt
Tsuki Punch
Uke Block
Uchi Strike
Ushiro Reverse Kick

Advanced Vocabulary Words
Bo Wooden Staff
Dan Black Belt Holder
Sai Pronged Weapon
Shiai Contest
Tachi Rei Informal Bow
Kime Focus
Za Rei Formal Bow

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.”

Codes Of Karate
A person’s heart is the same as Heaven & Earth
The blood circulating is similar to the Moon & Sun
A manner of drinking & 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 opportunity presents itself
The eye must see all sides
The ear must listen in all directions

Lower Body Exercises
1. Mae Geri --- Front Kick with the ball of the foot
2. Mae Konate -- Front thrust kick using heel of the foot
3. Shoba geri --- Front kick to the side with ball of the foot
4. Shoba konate --- Knee thrust kick using blade of the foot
5. Hiza geri --- Knee to groin kick
6. Fumikomi --- Cross over stomp kick
7. Yoko geri --- Side kicks with blade edge of the foot
8. Otoshi geri --- Squat kick with the ball of the foot

Isshinryu Karate Do Kihon Study Guide

FUGATE’S MARTIAL ARTS CENTER
ISSHINRYU KARATE DO KIHON
ISSHINRYU KARATE DO’S 30 BASIC UPPER & LOWER BODY EXERCISES

Isshinryu’s 15 Basic lower body-conditioning exercises and kicking techniques and 15 basic upper body blocks and strikes are the basis of the entire system. They were specifically designed by Master Tatsuo Shimabuku to build a strong foundation for all advanced techniques and kata to follow. It is only through the daily practice of the basics that you can acquire the proper balance, speed, power, accuracy, flexibility, mobility and endurance needed to execute a karate technique correctly. When a student’s basics are strong, his or her kata, sparring and self-defense will also be strong. The thirty Isshinryu basics are the very first thing that should be taught in training. Whether teaching beginners or Black Belts, the basics should always be drilled to warm-up and bring the student into the spirit of the class. When practicing the basics, look at it as life or death because more than likely it will be a basic strike that will disable your attacker and not some flashy but ineffective technique. I would also like to mention that the 30 basics do not include all of Isshinryu Karate’s hand and foot techniques. There are hundreds of such techniques within the Isshinryu system with the basics being the important first step towards their mastery. As a rule workouts begin with the upper body basics.

UPPER & LOWER BODY BASIC EXERCISES - KEY POINTS
1. When moving forward or back, do so smoothly and quietly, lifting your foot only and inch or two from the
ground. Place your foot down toe first, then heel, and always set in your stance firmly before striking.

2. Keep your eyes focused on your opponent’s eyes. This will enable you to observe any hand or foot movements,
while at the same time allowing you to “read” any facial expressions that might give away their intentions.

3. When training without a partner, do so in front of a mirror occasionally; using your own image as a target, to
check your form.

4. It is important that you make the Isshinryu fist properly! In making the Isshinryu fist, always keep your
thumb positioned on top of the fist properly. Do it each and every time you make a fist, without fail!

5. As a beginner, concentrate of developing proper form first, speed second, power last. Work hard to develop good balance on all techniques. Good balance is the key to good Isshinryu.

6. Coordinate your breathing with the execution of your technique. Always inhale through the nose as you
begin the technique, exhale through the mouth slightly before the technique lands. Kiai strongly and with
spirit on the appropriate techniques. Never, ever hold your breath during a technique.

7. Always be alert and ready for the next exercise. Never let your hands drop between techniques. Remember
that this is a formal exercise that develops discipline among other qualities. If you act sharp, look sharp, and
feel sharp, you will be!

Remember, the basics are the foundation of Isshinryu Karate. Practice the basics every day with spirit and enthusiasm! You will get out of Isshinryu Karate exactly what you put in!

Basic Exercises - Upper Body
1 Seiken Oi Tsuki Lunge Punch
2 Jōdan Oi Tsuki Uppercut
3 Seiken Gyaku Tsuki Reverse Punch
4 Jōdan Gyaku Tsuki Reverse Uppercut
5 Gedan Barai; Seiken Tsuki Low Body Sweeping Block; Straight Punch
6 Chūdan Uke; Seiken Tsuki Middle Body Block; Straight Punch
7 Tegata Barai; Nukite Open Hand Middle Body Sweeping Block; Spear Hand
8 Jōdan Tegata Uke; Jōdan Tsuki Open Hand Head Block; Uppercut
9 Jōdan Uke; Seiken Tsuki Head Block; Straight Punch
10 Ura Uchi; Seiken Tsuki Back Fist; Straight PUnch
11 Gedan Barai; Go Den Choku Tsuki Low Body Sweeping Block; Five Punches
12 Chūdan Uke; Go Den Choku Tsuki Middle Body Block; Five Straight Punches
13 Shutō Uchi; Shutō Uchi Chop Low; Chop High
14 O-Uchi; O-Uchi Open Hand Block Center Chest; Two Hook Punches
15 Hiji No Ato Tsuki Backward Elbow Strike

Basic Exercises - Lower Body
1 Mae Geri Forward Kick, Striking With The Ball Of The Foot (Koshi)
2 Mae Konate Front Thrust Kick, Striking With Heel (Kakato)
3 Shoba Geri Side Kick With Ball Of Foot (Koshi), Starting From Same Stance As
Mae Geri
4 Shoba Konate Thrust Kick To Opponent’s Knee, Striking With The Edge Of Foot
(Sokutō)
5 Hiza Geri Knee Strike
6 Fumikomi Stomp Kick
7 Yoko Geri Side Kick, Striking With The Edge Of The Foot (Sokutō)
8 Otoshi Geri Squat Kick, Stepping On A 45° Angle And Striking The Opponent
With The Ball Of The Foot (Koshi)
Bonus Kics
9 Sokuto Geri Sokutō Geri Like Shoba Konate, But Thrown As A Snap Kick
(Retracted More Quickly)
10 Ushiro Geri Ushiro Geri Reverse Kick With The Heel (Kakato); Think Mule Kick.

Basic Vocabulary Words

Dōjō Training Hall
Gi Uniform
Karate Empty (Kara) Hand (Te)
Kiai Spirit Yell
Kiotsuke! “Attention!”
Obi Belt
Rei Bow
Sensei Teacher

Intermediate Vocabulary Words

Gyaku Reverse Or Opposite
Hajime “Begin!”
Kata Formal Exercises
Kumite Sparring:
Kyū Rank Under Black Belt
Tsuki Punch
Uke Block
Uchi Strike
Ushiro Reverse Kick

Advanced Vocabulary Words

Bo Wooden Staff
Dan Black Belt Holder
Sai Pronged Weapon
Shiai Contest
Tachi Rei Informal Bow
Kime Focus
Za Rei Formal Bow

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.”

Codes Of Karate

A person’s heart is the same as Heaven & Earth

The blood circulating is similar to the Moon & Sun

A manner of drinking & 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 opportunity presents itself

The eye must see all sides

The ear must listen in all directions
 

Study Guide

FUGATE’S MARTIAL ARTS CENTER
STUDY GUIDE

Basic Exercises - Upper Body
1 Seiken Oi Tsuki Lunge Punch
2 Jōdan Oi Tsuki Uppercut
3 Seiken Gyaku Tsuki Reverse Punch
4 Jōdan Gyaku Tsuki Reverse Uppercut
5 Gedan Barai; Seiken Tsuki Low Body Sweeping Block; Straight Punch
6 Chūdan Uke; Seiken Tsuki Middle Body Block; Straight Punch
7 Tegata Barai; Nukite Open Hand Middle Body Sweeping Block; Spear Hand
8 Jōdan Tegata Uke; Jōdan Tsuki Open Hand Head Block; Uppercut
9 Jōdan Uke; Seiken Tsuki Head Block; Straight Punch
10 Ura Uchi; Seiken Tsuki Back Fist; Straight PUnch
11 Gedan Barai; Go Den Choku Tsuki Low Body Sweeping Block; Five Punches
12 Chūdan Uke; Go Den Choku Tsuki Middle Body Block; Five Straight Punches
13 Shutō Uchi; Shutō Uchi Chop Low; Chop High
14 O-Uchi; O-Uchi Open Hand Block Center Chest; Two Hook Punches
15 Hiji No Ato Tsuki Backward Elbow Strike

Basic Exercises - Lower Body
1 Mae Geri Forward Kick, Striking With The Ball Of The Foot (Koshi)
2 Mae Konate Front Thrust Kick, Striking With Heel (Kakato)
3 Shoba Geri Side Kick With Ball Of Foot (Koshi), Starting From Same Stance As
Mae Geri
4 Shoba Konate Thrust Kick To Opponent’s Knee, Striking With The Edge Of Foot
(Sokutō)
5 Hiza Geri Knee Strike
6 Fumikomi Stomp Kick
7 Yoko Geri Side Kick, Striking With The Edge Of The Foot (Sokutō)
8 Otoshi Geri Squat Kick, Stepping On A 45° Angle And Striking The Opponent
With The Ball Of The Foot (Koshi)
Bonus Kics
9 Sokuto Geri Sokutō Geri Like Shoba Konate, But Thrown As A Snap Kick (Retracted More Quickly)
10 Ushiro Geri Ushiro Geri Reverse Kick With The Heel (Kakato); Think Mule Kick.

Basic Vocabulary Words

Dōjō Training Hall
Gi Uniform
Karate Empty (Kara) Hand (Te)
Kiai Spirit Yell
Kiotsuke! “Attention!”
Obi Belt
Rei Bow
Sensei Teacher

Intermediate Vocabulary Words

Gyaku Reverse Or Opposite
Hajime “Begin!”
Kata Formal Exercises
Kumite Sparring:
Kyū Rank Under Black Belt
Tsuki Punch
Uke Block
Uchi Strike
Ushiro Reverse Kick

Advanced Vocabulary Words

Bo Wooden Staff
Dan Black Belt Holder
Sai Pronged Weapon
Shiai Contest
Tachi Rei Informal Bow
Kime Focus
Za Rei Formal Bow

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.”

Codes Of Karate
A person’s heart is the same as Heaven & Earth
The blood circulating is similar to the Moon & Sun
A manner of drinking & 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 opportunity presents itself
The eye must see all sides
The ear must listen in all directions