Throughout the last couple of months, I have discovered that I have abnormally short arms--so short, in fact, that I can't do some of the traditional karate moves. There's one in particular that requires to me to kind of cross my left arm over and hold it at my right side (and vice versa)--and between my T-rex-like arms and my large chestal area, it's become clear that this will never happen for me. So we finally had to modify the moves a bit (for example, I hold my arms just off-center rather than to my actual side). The good part about this, Sensei told me, is that in an actual battle (cuz, you know, I get into so many of those), I can move a lot quicker and strike a lot faster, before my opponent even knows what's happening (as opposed to someone with longer arms, when you can see the strike coming). Luckily, Isshinryu is all about fighting up-close (it's one of our signature characteristics, actually)--so this style is especially appropriate for me.