Ishin Ru is an Oakinowan combination of Go Jo Ru and ShorON Ru.
It's probably one of the best self dense system ever devised.
However, even the best systems are not immune to a crafty opponent.
Like most Japanese systems is is considered a HARD style.
( officonodos will know the difference between harrd and soft styles)
Ishin Ru is noted for it's powerful kicks and devasting punch techniques.
The secret to over coming this powerful Open Hand or Empty Hand (depending on the translation of Karate you ascribe to) system is to know when to strike.
The inherent weaknes of most Japanese systems is they emphasis straight lines of attack which is inline with the Bushido mind set of "No retreat, ever".
When an opponent is up against an Ishin Ru stylist he has but to wait for said stylist to throw a punch or a kick .
The opponent can take advantage as the Ishin Ru-ist as he resets himself to use a new technique (punch or kick).
By circling and rushing in the Ishin Ru-ist can easily be taken down by a practioner of most forms of Sothern Chinese Kung Fu wich is noted for it's close in strikes and short distance kicks.
Equally a fast streetwise brawler could do the same.
All forms of Chinese martial arts emphasis that the practioner keep in motion and the strike derive from quick close in circular forms.
For the usual Japanese tradionalist this would be a devastating system to over come.
It would seem that the Japanese in ancient arrogance have created "sink or swim" types of martial self defense systemss.
While the Chinese, the more historically humble of the two nations, has given their fighting systems practioners the advvatage to move in and out as the situation dictates
and even to disengage if need be.
I have studied these and other forms.
In Mi the name Rich Phillips sticks out as a prominant figure in the Ishin Ru style under whom I studied.
I don't have any high ranking belts. Just like the exercise
[Edited by curry on 10-21-2005 at 02:18 PM]