This colorful emblem represents a vision that came to the founder of Isshinryu
karate, Tatsuo Shimabuku, in a dream he had during the time he was developing
Isshinryu. The words isshin ryu, when translated from the Okinawan language,
literally mean "one heart method."
Goddess: Mizu-Gami - Half woman, half serpent. She represents
the quietness and calmness a karate-ka should display.
Hands: The goddess' hands represent heaven and earth.
The left hand is open in the universal sign of peace, and the right hand is closed
in a fist showing war or strength if evil persists.
Dragon: (1) Symbolizes good luck. (2) Represents Shimabuku as in
his nickname dragon boy. (3) The Mizu-Gami's child.
Patch Shape: The oval shape of the patch depicts the Isshinryu
vertical fist. The shape also suggests wholeness. The oval has no beginning and no end.
Gray Background: Represents the calm before the storm.
Waters: The waters are troubled, showing a calm goddess surrounded by turmoil.
Yellow in Water: Shows animosity between the Japanese and Chinese.
Karate: Represents defense only.
||3 Grand Masters
||Father - Gojo Ryu
||Mother - Shorin Ryu
||Son - Isshin Ryu