2019 has now arrived and the tournament preparation is well underway. We hold great pride in being able to host the first IWKA World Championship in Europe.
Goshin Isshinryu Karate would like to invite you to London to join us in celebrating the 42nd Anniversary of IWKA Championship. We are expecting participant from all over the world and are hoping to make this tournament not to be forgotten.
O’Sensei Kichiro Shimabuku will be gracing the event and will be hosting seminars alongside Sensei Michael Calandra.
Please find attached all details for the event. Please do not hesitate to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you all there!
Sensei Muthusamy Ramathas
5th Degree Black Belt Renshi-Go
President of Goshin Isshinryu Karate Association
Member of IWKA
General Secretary of WUKF Asia
Isshin Ryu Karate is offered at University Park campus as part of the Penn State Campus Recreation’s Fitness & Wellness instructional fitness classes. Registration is still open for the Spring 2019 semester. Register online:
The Soguwachiguwa was a 3 day celebration beginning with the full
moon in January. Okinawans would pay tribute to 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 Soguwachiguwa (Okinawan dialect) / 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.
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.
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.
“I look to a day when
people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content
of their character.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Tatsuo Shimabuku broke with
age old traditions and would openly teach his Karate to anyone of good
character that demonstrated a true desire to learn, regardless of
heritage or gender.
Since class night fell on Karate Day this year, we decided to do a 100 Kata Challenge.
The class was broken into three kata groups with beginners doing Seisan, Intermediate/Advanced doing Naihanchi, and Black Belts doing Kyan No Sai. After a brief warm-up, we had a little over an hour available to perform the katas.
Congratulations to our Naihanchi group on completing 100 repetitions! Kyan No Sai logged 52 repetitions for 2nd place, and Seisan 40 for 3rd. Lots of energy, sweat, and good kiais! Great job everyone!
On this day in 1936, prominent Okinawan masters gathered in Naha and formally adopted the term Kara-Te 唐手 (empty hand). The masters present included Hanashiro Chomo (1869-1945), Kyan Chotoku (1870-1945), Motobu Choki (1871-1944), Miyagi Chojun (1888-1953), Kiyoda Juhatsu (1886-1967, Chibana Chosin (1885-1969), and Shinpan Shiroma (1890-1954).
*The three highlighted in bold text are Shimabuku Tatsuo’s teachers.
Large Karate demonstrations, like the following video, are held in Okinawa on October 25th to commemorate the Meeting Of The Masters and celebrate the Okinawan art of Karate.
Congratulations to our competitors on their achievements last weekend at Young’s 2018 Fall Tournament in Bellefonte! Special congrats to Sensei Ben Katz on winning the Men’s Grand Championship Sparring.
Also, congrats Sensei Carl Denny (not pictured) for finishing 1st in both his Kata and Weapons divisions at the Isshin Ryu National Championships in Ohio last weekend!
For those interested in trying class prior to registering:
One trial class is permitted per semester. All trials must be pre approved by the Fitwell Office. For preapproval of your free one-time-trial-class, send an email to email@example.com with the requested trial date/class 48hrs in advance. There is no charge for a trial class for current University Park students and current Campus Recreation members. Other guests and community members may try this class by emailing as stated above and registering as a Campus Recreation facility guest. There is a $10 guest charge for non student and non members.