1. Isshinryu Karate
2. Yes, differant degrees of sparring are used for belt tests
3. We do what we call "Tag Sparring" Which is an open hand just touch and go sparring all the way up to medium to hard contact but never full where we whip out the pads and go to town.
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Hachi-Kyu 8th Grade Yellow Belt K-123 Isshinryu Karate Komote-Ryu (Japanese Sword Fighting)