Author Archives: Sensei Koszarsky

Happy Little New Year!

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.  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.

島袋 龍夫

Over a century ago, in the small village of Chan, on a small island in the south pacific, a boy was born. One day he would become a Karate Master whose art would reach beyond the shores of Okinawa and spread across the globe.

“Dragon Man” of Isshin Ryu, Shimabuku Tatsuo Sensei
(September 19, 1908 – May 30, 1975)

Thursday Karate on Old Main Lawn

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM every Thursday on Old Main Lawn, weather permitting.

Wear your masks and maintain safe distancing.

Check yourself with the Penn State Go: COVID-19 symptom check before attending any in-person meetings.  Stay home if you are sick.

More information on Penn State’s safety guidelines:

Tuesdays on the Forest Resources Bldg. lawn

For the convenience of students in the North and East Halls areas, we will meet on the lawn by the Forest Resources Building on Tuesdays from 7 to 8PM.

Wear your masks and maintain safe distancing.

Check yourself with the Penn State Go: COVID-19 symptom check before attending any in-person meetings.  Stay home if you are sick.

More information on Penn State’s safety guidelines:

Fall 2020 Karate Resumes

The Office of Student Activities has approved outdoor meetings, as long as everyone adheres to the published safety guidelines.

PSU Weather Alert – Severe Thunderstorms with high winds and hail.
The Karate meeting tonight (8/27) is canceled.

We’ll see you on Sunday (8/30), weather permitting.
We will have a trial run tonight (8/27) at 7PM on the Old Main Lawn. Wear your mask and a gi if you have one. Bring your own water. Maintain at least 6m distance. There will be no direct contact or sharing of equipment. We’ll go for an hour.

Keep an eye on the schedule in the right column. Times and locations will change.

Check yourself with the Penn State Go: COVID-19 symptom check before attending any in-person meetings.

Our Community. Our Responsibility.

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Do your part to keep our communities safe.

Our campuses are masking up or we’re all packing up.

We’re all in this together. If we all don’t comply on and off campuses, we will all need to Pack Up and return to fully remote instruction. That will impact everyone—our students, faculty, staff and communities.

Before going out, take an additional safety step by using the Penn State Go: COVID-19 symptom checker:

Penn State Student Organization Gathering Guideline Update

August 20, 2020  

Dear Recognized Student Organization,  

Due to concerns associated with the risk of Covid-19 transmission at in-person gatherings, Penn State is suspending RSO in-person gatherings during a two-week return to campus period through September 6, 2020. During this period, community health will be monitored and further guidance will be issued for gatherings slated to begin September 7, 2020 or later.   

For the purposes of this notice, “gathering(s)” refers to any public or private meeting, event, program, or activity that would cause members of your organization to congregate in groups of two or more.   

It is our sincere hope that by exhibiting caution now, we can return to the programming environment to which you are accustomed. A return to programming will not signify a return to pre-Covid ways of programming. We’ve prepared a resource page with guidance for conducting meetings and events on-campus after September 6, found here:  Please note: guidelines are subject to change in an effort to balance programming with public health concerns.  

We’ve been fielding questions from many of you throughout the summer and have already been impressed by the concern you’ve shown for your members and constituents, and by your creativity in developing new ways to continue your organization’s mission despite the obstacles presented by the Coronavirus. It is for these reasons that we are confident we can count not only on your support, but on your finding ways to thrive as we navigate this together.  

If you have questions or concerns that are not addressed in the resources at the above linked page, please reach out to us at  


Jennifer Grossman Leopard & Jeffrey Zapletal  

Interim Co-Directors  

Office of Student Activities  

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