[I:http://martialarts.surrey-sussex.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/AlCase29.jpg]You want to have a perfectly designed body, and Isshin Ryu, Goju Ryu, or some other Karate System is the key! There are, however, several things you should understand before you begin this journey. These things would be what, exactly, a perfect body is.
In truth, a perfect body is a thing proportion. One of the best definitions of proportions I have come across is the Vitruvian Man by Leo DaVinci. His measurements are listed as: length the same as height, seven heads high, three heads shoulder to shoulder, two heads from fingers to elbows, four heads hips to toes, and so on.
Now, Leo is said to have altered these measurements to fit his sculpting designs. I don’t know about that, I am just curious about the idea of proportion. I am interested as to whether doing the Martial Arts will shift the shape of the body until it fits these measurements.
The above said, the second thing to analyze is what type of martial arts you should study. Here we deviate a bit, and look at the two types of schools in original Karate studies. These would be the shorei and shorin schools.
One of the schools trains one to be light and nimble, and is probably for a light and nimble body. The other school trains one to hold their ground, and would indicate a more sold and bulky body that is not so agile. Obviously, you should design your art, and the karate forms you study, and the karate bunkai that you do, to fit one or the other of these schools.
Thus far we have analyzed the measurements of the perfect karate body, and we have discussed the two methods of training in traditional karate. Next we need to consider the workings of the ideal structure. This would depend, of course, on which types of katas you have decided to train in.
Many people want the large, muscular body, and they wouldn’t necessarily be correct. Size and mass, you see, is something you have to lug around. It would be better for your overall ability to move to have leaner, more dense muscles.
Thus, you should design your muscles so they have enough mass or speed to create impact, but not so large that they tire out. To be exact, it’s nice to think about being the terminator, but the reality of combat should gear you towards a lean, mean body that is quick, agile, and will last all day long. This should be one of the most important considerations when you think about utilizing Isshin Ryu, Goju Ryu or any other Karate System to create the perfect Body.