Tag Archives: Isshin Ryu
October 6 & 7, 2023
PSU Spring Break 3/5 – 3/11
Karate classes will not be held in 232HUB during spring break. Remember, you can practice Karate wherever you go. If you are staying in town during spring break, look for us on the HUB lawn, Sunday & Wednesday evenings at 7, weather permitting.
道場 DOJO Is Wherever You Train
道 DO – The Way
場 JO – The Place
Your DOJO can be your school’s formal training room, or wherever you practice your art, inside or outside. Take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves.
IWKA World Championship Returning in 2024
The pandemic put many things on hold, including the IWKA World Championship. Plans are in the works for a return in 2024.
Here’s a flashback newspaper clipping about PSKC at the 2011 competition:
“Dragon Man” of Isshin Ryu
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)
Brave audience members join us on stage at Matsuri
Thank You to the Penn State Japanese Friendship Association for inviting the Penn State Karate Club to participate in their 2022 Matsuri event earlier this month.
A few brave audience members joined us on stage for the participation part of our presentation. Here they are going through Fukyugata Dai Ichi, a special introductory kata developed by Master Shoshin Nagamine (長嶺 将真) in the 1940s to help promote Okinawan Karate.
Happy Little New Year! Happy 50th PSKC!
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. PSKC celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Wrapping Up The Fall Semester
Fall semester concludes on the Old Main Lawn with temps in the 60s.