Shin-Toshi – The best kept martial arts secret

By | July 2, 2022

Mickey N. Fisher founded Shin-toshi more than 25 years ago, in 1963, predating Bruce Lee’s development of Jeet Kun Do by six months. Mr. Fisher began his karate training with the Korean art of Tae Kwon Do. He received his first black belt from Jhoon Rhee. Mr. Rhee awarded Mr. Fisher his black belt despite the fact that his direct instructor objected because he personally witnessed Mr. Fisher’s abilities.

Mr. Fisher was America’s first black belt teenager. He was first awarded a first degree black belt by Jhoon Rhee in 1962. Mr. Fisher continued his training in the martial arts with advanced degrees in Moo Duk Kwon, Kenpo and several other styles. Mr. Fisher’s highest degree, a 9th degree black belt, is in Shin-toshi Karate and Chung Do Kwan Take Kwon Do.

Mike Burke, who was and is a student of Mr. Fisher, owns and operates the Utah Karate Institute in Northern Utah and is the second highest ranking martial artist in Shin-Toshi. He has achieved the rank of 7th degree black belt. Mr. Burke has been teaching karate for more than 20 years and co-directs the International Shin-toshi Federation with Mr. Fisher.

Shin-toshi Karate takes the best of Tai Kwan-Do and Judo and combines them into a very effective and very beautiful martial art. With Shin-toshi you learn very strong kicks similar to the Japanese and Chinese styles. This includes a powerful forward kick and a powerful backward kick, the most powerful kick in any martial arts. Other kicks learned in Shin-toshi include the front snap, spin, turn, side, jump front, jump spin, and the crescent kick.

There are many strikes in Shin-toshi including the snap fist, the palm healing strike, the vertical strike, the front and rear elbow strike, the inside and outside hammer fist, the inside and outside slash. Special techniques and movements are applied to these punches to make them very effective when you need to defend yourself.

Shin-toshi uses many blocks. Some of these blocks are the In, Out, Up, Down, and Shunt blocks. Because shin-toshi is a defensive form of karate, these blocks are important in responding to an attacker. Each of the blocks in Shin-toshi gives you the opportunity to use the advantage over your opponent.

A great emphasis is placed on folding and then punching and then folding back again, which is the case with every kick and punch. This emphasis gives each punch its power.

The ranks in Shin-toshi go in the following order: white, yellow stripe, yellow, gold, orange, green, blue, purple, brown, and then black belt.

The duration of learning Shin-toshi is on average, but usually between 3 and 5 years. Learning Shin-toshi requires a lot of practice and is really intended for students who are dedicated to learning Shin-toshi. It has been proven that learning a martial art like Shin-toshi increases self-esteem. Being able to control that aggression and knowing when to be aggressive and when not to be aggressive has been shown to help children with aggressive natures.

Learn more about the Utah Karate Institute at Mr. Burke is one of the best teachers for children (approximately 8 years and older, can tell left from right) and adults alike.

“Be like the thorn in the bush, always ready to protect the rose, but be at peace and seek no confrontation”

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