IWKA World Championship 2019 Live Video Stream:
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.
Placing 3rd in overall points among the competing schools, with Sensei Kotanchik winning Men’s Grand Championship Sparring, as members prepare for competition at the IWKA World Championship in London this summer.
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
2005 interview with Grand Master Shimabuku:
About Grand Master Shimabuku:
Grand Master Shimabuku will conduct several seminars in London this summer as part of the IWKA 2019 World Championship events.
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: