In Asian cultures, the torii is a gateway built at the entrances to temples and schools. It connotates a gateway to higher learning. At Bill Adams’ Martial Arts, we consider ourselves a black belt school, and pride ourselves on the development of our students to black belt and beyond.
It was designed specifically for personal combat, however, Americans have modified the fighting practice to enable us to participate in sporting events.
The hallmarks of Isshin-Ryu Karate include:
• Techniques that are delivered from natural stances as opposed to wide, locked positions, giving the practitioner mobility and dexterity;
• A vertical fist compared to a horizontal fist. Although not exclusive to Isshin-Ryu, the vertical fist position is unique compared to most styles;
• Close-in techniques and low kicks for street practicality;
• Hand techniques and foot techniques are equally stressed, so that a practitioner learns to use all of the weapons at his command.