The 23 Recognizable Characteristics of Okinawan Shuri Ryu

Below are the standard 23 recognizable characteristics of Okinawan Shuri Ryu Karatedo.


  1. Low Stances in Kata
  2. Seiken Thrust
  3. Shuri Fist
  4. Hip thrust with forward rotation
  5. Eight Back fists, 4 long from the shoulder, 4 short from the elbow
  6. Spiraling wrists when blocking
  7. Head Snap when turning
  8. Thousand-hand rice cutting Sente Exercises
  9. High Rising Block
  10. Tech Clenched
  11. Eyes wide stare
  12. Eight Faces ( confidence, solemn, friendly, unconcerned, contempt, shock, fear, anger)
  13. 90% of all techniques are circular in nature
  14. For every forward kick, there is a reverse
  15. Twelve detailed punches – 6 on the left and 6 on the right
  16. Block, Punch, and Cover movements
  17. Block, Punch, Shift, and Cover movements
  18. Tekatana and Te Uke covers
  19. Body relaxed until the moment of impact
  20. Kata Kumite, Kime Dachi Kumite, Jiju Undo
  21. Ippon, Taezu, and Kihon Kumite Kata’s
  22. Matsumura, Itosu, Motobu, Hsing, Trias
  23. Pine Tree – All about it.