Thoughts and articles on Isshin-ryu Karate training, practice, and technique.

Established in November of 1994, Gilbert’s Isshin-ryu Karate School focuses on classical karate training. This approach to training encompasses mastery of the basics, understanding body mechanics and the strengths and weaknesses inherent in the human body, and how kata teaches us to make use of this understanding. If you like our content, don’t forget to subscribe at the bottom of the page.

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So, what the heck is Chinquchi?

The Okinawan term “Chinquchi” deals with the concept of proper body management. In the world of karate, that means coordinating the use of the body’s various muscle groups through the proper order and timing of muscle contraction and relaxation (dynamic tension) during the execution of any given technique.

Karate and Aikido

My shoulder had been projected, rotated, isolated … and then struck. As for my punch – it had a birth, a life, and a death.

A great September Seminar with Sensei John Kerker

Sorry, folks! I have to apolgize. This may be a bit late getting posted, but life has been crazy the last few months with recovering from COVID, craziness at work, karate classes, etc. However, we did have a fantastic seminar on September 9th and 10th with Sensei John Kerker covering Ryukyu Kobudo Shimbukan Bo and…


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