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“Harmony of Principle, Integrity in Purpose and Mutual Benefit”
by Rod Lindgren

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Fllying Front KickIn 1971, Isshin Shorinjiryu Okinawa te was incorporated as fraterna1 order guided by a board of trustees and elected officers from the membership, whose purpose is to guide the system according to it's philosophy. Harmony of Principle, Integrity in Purpose, and Mutual Benefit.

Soke Murphy felt that, in a time of turmoil and uncertainty, people
need a deeper understanding of themselves.  He hoped Isshin-Shorinjiryu would give direction to that quest.  It is easily seen that Karate iss more than a mere method of defending one's self.  It is a demonstration of life as it could be and life as it should be, harmonizing elements of violent struggle with the simple.

Karate is a scale of individual achievement.  A very personal art which offers a great deal for those who have the foresight to seek it out.

Woodrow JensenSensei Woodrow Jensen was trained by Soke Robert Murphy in Parsippany, New Jersey. The rank of Second Degree Black Belt was conferred by Soke Murphy in August of 1971. Third Degree rank was conferred by Douglas Hodges of Karate Institute in September of 1976.  The last promotion was more of a generic promotion in karate, rather than for a specific karate system.

Further promotion by Soke Murphy was not possible due to a series of evernts which occurred within the system of Isshin Shorinji Ryu Okinawa te over a period of about six years starting in 1972.  To put these events into perspective, the historical overview will follow the instructional careers of both Soke Robert Murphy and Woodrow Jensen.

Further promotion by Soke Murphy was not possible due to a series of evernts which occurred within the system of Isshin Shorinji Ryu Okinawa te over a period of about six years starting in 1972.  To put these events into perspective, the historical overview will follow the instructional careers of both Soke Robert Murphy and Woodrow Jensen.

Soke Robert Murphy was awarded the rank of 5th degree black belt in Isshin Ryu by Master Don Nagle, 8th degree and Master Tatsuo Shimabuku, 10th degree.

Soke Murphy and Master James Chapman, 5th degree Isshin Ryu of Chicago, Illinois, formed and developed the style of Isshin Shorinji Ryu Okinawa te in 1968.  This style added to the Isshin Ryu materials, techniques and strategies borrowed from a variety of other martial art systems to include:  Jujutsu, Judo, Tang Soo Do, Hung Shaolin Gung-Fu, Bak Hak Pai Chuan-fa Shorinjiryu, Aikijutsu, and Kobujutsu Arts.

Karate basic technique performance closely follows the style of technique execution as illustrated by the work of Nishiyama and Brown in the book, Karate The Art of Empty Hand Fighting.

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