Author Archives: Sensei Koszarsky

Passing of Isshin Ryu’s Dragon Man

Isshin Ryu Karate’s founder Shimabuku 島袋 was born in Chan village on September 19,1908, Meiji 41 – year of the “Monkey”.  His given Okinawan name was “Kana” and his given Japanese name was “Shinkichi“.  As an adult, he chose the name “Tatsuo” – 龍夫 Dragon Man. He studied Karate under Okinawan Masters Kyan Chotoku 喜屋武 朝徳, Miyagi Chojun 宮城 長順 and Motobu Choki 本部 朝基. He further pursued Kobudo training with Master Taira Shinken 平 信賢. Shimabuku combined their teachings with his insights to form his own style. On January 15th, 1956, he announced the name of his style as Isshin Ryu 一心流, One-Heart Way. Isshin Ryu’s Dragon Man passed away on May 30th, 1975. His Karate lives on.

Karate Kid 35th Anniversary Event

Special theatrical showing at the UEC 12 (near the Nittany Mall) at 1PM on Sunday, March 31st.

Karate Kid Trivia: Pat Morita’s character Mr. Miyagi was named after Okinawan Karate Master Chojun Miyagi 宮城 長順, founder of Goju Ryu. Chojun Miyagi was a teacher of Tatsuo Shimabuku 島袋 龍夫, the founder of Isshin Ryu Karate

IWKA 2019 World Championship LONDON

Dear Isshinryu Karateka,

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

We hope to see you all there!

Yours sincerely,

Sensei Muthusamy Ramathas
5th Degree Black Belt Renshi-Go
President of Goshin Isshinryu Karate Association
Member of IWKA
General Secretary of WUKF Asia