Back about 1998 when I joined the internet I had been a black belt since 1979 beginning in the art in 1974. I had not had much contact with others in Isshinryu, as there were not many schools in the areas I lived.
From that time I had observed there were often kata differences in others, but never paid much attention to that, just practiced the art as I learned it.
One of the first discussions I had on the original Isshinryu list, was about what others were doing with the Isshinryu Charts.
That was the first time I came to realize that there were many, many different variations for Chart I and Chart II.
I noted the differences from what I was taught, but was content to keep the way I learnt them. I observed that there must be many variances from what Isshinryu tradition was.
It recently occurred to me that the first technique was from Chinto. Not that I hadn’t realized that a long time ago, for I had. But that I had never seen anyone talk about that. Then again there are many things people rarely talk about, often core practices are among them.
I do not care about better or worse. I see it as the foundation on which each dojo has been built upon.
But it is interesting nevertheless.
Here are the Charts, Upper Body and Lower Body, which I have always followed.
Original Upper Body Combinations
- RFF Right Punch
- RFF Right Uppercut
- LFF Right Punch
- LFF Right Uppercut
- RFB Left Low Block, Right Punch
- RFB Left Side Block, Right Punch
- RFB Left Arm Block, Right Spear
- RFB Left High Block, Right Punch
- RFB Left Open Hand Block, Right Uppercut
- RFB Left Bridge Strike (Nose), Right Punch
- LFF Left Low Block 5 Punches
- LFF Left Side Block 5 Punches
- LFF Right Roundhouse Punch, Left (Same)
- LFF Left Open Low Block, Right Shuto
- Break Bear Hug
Original Lower Body Combinations
- Front Snap Kick
- Knee Strike (45degrees)
- Front Kick (Side)
- Cross Kick
- Side Snap Kick
- Heel Strike (Knee)
- Knee Strike
- Rear Kick
- Side Kick (45 degrees rear)
- Squat Kick
- Side Kick (on Floor)
- Front Thrust (from floor)
- Double Jump Kick
- Roundhouse Kick
- Side Kick (Rear 45 degrees), Rear Kick