Happy Little New Year! Happy 50th PSKC!

The ソグワチグワ Soguwachiguwa was a 3 day celebration beginning with the full moon in January.  Okinawans would pay tribute to 歳徳神 Toshitokujin, a Shinto Kami of agriculture, seeking good fortune for their crops in the coming year. When the Gregorian Calendar was adopted, January 15th became the day that Soguwachiguwa was observed.

In 1956 on the occasion of ソグワチグワ Soguwachiguwa (Okinawan dialect) / 小正月 Koshogatsu (Japanese), the Little New Year, Master Shimabuku called a special meeting at his home & dojo in Chan village to announce a new name for his unique style of Okinawan Karate. Previously, his style had been called as Chan Migwa Te (in the late 40s) and later Su Nu Su (early 50s).  He chose “Isshin Ryu” because “all things begin with one, and the heart is the most important part. Isshin Ryu is the One Heart Way/Method.

Traditionally, the Coming Of Age Day, Seijin-no-Hi, was also celebrated on January 15th. It’s the mark of entering adulthood. You could say that Master Shimabuku’s Karate entered its adulthood at this time and emerged as Isshin Ryu Karate.

Like an Okinawan Hibiscus, Master Shimabuku’s Karate bloomed as “Isshin Ryu” on that January day in 1956.  Seeds of Isshin Ryu have since been carried on the winds across the oceans and around the globe. 

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In January of 1972, Sensei Sutton planted one of those seeds at Penn State and established the Penn State Karate Club.  With help from Sensei Dorow & Sensei Liskai, PSKC developed strong roots. PSKC celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

2022 PSU Physical Activities Waiver

For students participating in club activities, like Karate, Penn State requires completion of a waiver form, available online.

Get a jump on Spring 2022 by completing your Karate waiver in advance. On the waiver form, use Penn State Karate Club and Dalal Malallah as the club President.

This waiver is good for the entire academic year.
https://orgcentral.psu.edu/submitter/form/collectsubmitteridentity/acfd311a-bebb-4263-a39a-cef6c8c7a860

Happy Veterans Day! Thank you for your service!

Veterans brought Isshin Ryu Karate back to the U.S. when they returned from overseas following WWII. They passed on the value of what they learned from Master Tatsuo Shimabuku. Penn State Karate Club benefited for many years from instruction provided by Sensei Liskai and Sensei Dorow, both U.S. Marines that trained under Master Tatsuo Shimabuku. Many of our Penn State Karate Club instructors and students are serving now, or have served in the past, in all branches of service.

We thank you for service and sacrifices.

Dress For The Weather

Last night, we had our first taste of mid-30°F temps (about 2°C) of the season outside. A good Karate workout will keep you warm. Layer up appropriately for the weather. Bring along gloves and hat that you can use if needed.