RIP Franco Harris

Franco Harris was a great supporter of Special Olympics PA. Each spring, he’d kick off the Beaver Stadium 5K fundraiser with Sue Paterno, charge up the runners, then greet them at the finish. PSKC members have run in every Beaver Stadium 5K since it started. We will miss you Franco but your spirit and inspiration will carry on!

October 25th is “Karate Day” in Okinawa.

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.

Karate Day demonstrations in Naha, Okinawa.

Resolution on the declaration of the day of Karate:

Fall Karate Schedule Update

PSKC offers Karate classes for Penn State students 3 times a week now. In addition to Wednesdays at 7PM in 232 HUB, we have two new opportunities on Sundays.

Wednesdays 7PM in 232 HUB
Sundays 12:30PM in 232 HUB
Sundays 7PM on HUB Lawn (weather permitting, dress appropriately for cooler temps)

“Dragon Man” of Isshin Ryu

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)

Young’s Tournament Returns October 15th

  • Open To All Styles
  • Events: Forms, Weapons, and Sparring
  • Divisions: Handicapable, Children, Junior, Adult, Senior and Executive
  • $100 Cash Prize for Grand Champion Winners
  • Trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd (Runner up medals for children)

Bellefonte High School
At-The-Door Registration Opens at 9AM
First Event Begins at 11AM

For more information and registration details visit:

Masters Symposium & Tournament One Month Away!

A reminder for everyone about the 2022 All Isshinryu National Championship &
Masters Symposium is just a month away.

It’s a two day event with seminars on various topics: techniques, kobudo, kumite, history, bunkai, self-defense, etc. Each Master will present their seminar material twice. Saturday morning will offer seminars for children. A competition rules practical seminar covering international rules will also be presented. The All Isshinryu Championship will begin at 1:00pm on Saturday.

Hosted by: Hanshi B. Marcum, Hanshi R. Marcum, Sensei M. Wilkenson & Sensei K. Kramer
Date: Seminars on Friday, 9/30/2022 and Seminars & Tournament on 10/1/2022
Location: French Creek YMCA, 2010 Recreation Road, Avon, Ohio 44011