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Happy Little New Year!

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.

Happy New Year!

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Registration is open for the 2020 Penn State Campus Recreation Isshin Ryu classes. They will be offered in Spring 2020 on Sundays and Wednesdays from 7:30-9:30 in the Intramural Building. Spring semester classes will be divided into 3 sessions. The trial period begins January 22nd. The first registered class begins January 29th.

Spring 2020 schedule & registration information is available here:
https://pennstatecampusrec.org/Program/GetProgramDetails?courseId=991e87d7-7396-433b-8fde-5c93a89e8316&semesterId=19be21fb-513a-4913-81f6-a02fb553e301

Spring 2020 Karate Class Schedule & Registration

The Penn State Campus Recreation Isshin Ryu class will be offered in Spring 2020 on Sundays and Wednesdays from 7:30-9:30 in the Intramural Building. Classes will be divided into 3 sessions.

Spring 2020 schedule & registration information is available here:
https://pennstatecampusrec.org/Program/GetProgramDetails?courseId=991e87d7-7396-433b-8fde-5c93a89e8316&semesterId=19be21fb-513a-4913-81f6-a02fb553e301

October 25th is designated as “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.

The declaration of KARATE NO HI (空手の日) KARATE DAY

http://okic.okinawa/en/archives/newstopics/536?fbclid=IwAR1XjOCKa73yxfJPnqnTzgmMkSVwrRhQcWz1QcJhaUoHbchdR4u9Qx2kyY8

Registration for fall Karate Fitwell Classes Extended!

IM Building, University Park, PA

Registration for the fall Karate Fitwell classes in IM Bldg on Sundays and Wednesdays has been extended. Contact Campus Rec with registration questions. 814-867-1600 or recmembership@psu.edu.

Registration info:
https://pennstatecampusrec.org/Program/GetProgramDetails?courseId=991e87d7-7396-433b-8fde-5c93a89e8316&semesterId=2f587999-1394-4d89-bcb1-0e23d19ef168

Register for Fitwell Karate Class by Monday!

Class size for the Campus Recreation Karate in IM Building is limited. Registration extended through Monday, September 23rd to participate in the Fall 2019 class.

Registration info:
https://pennstatecampusrec.org/Program/GetProgramDetails?courseId=991e87d7-7396-433b-8fde-5c93a89e8316&semesterId=2f587999-1394-4d89-bcb1-0e23d19ef168

Free Trial Fitwell Karate Class in IM Bldg Rm15 Sunday!

Fitness and Wellness Karate Class starts at 7:30PM on Sunday the 15th. Room 15 is mat/wrestling room on the lower level of IM Bldg. Wear your white Karate gi if you have one, or exercise clothing. For safety, please remove all jewelry, watches, etc. before class begins.

Fitwell Karate Class registration info:
https://pennstatecampusrec.org/Program/GetProgramDetails?courseId=991e87d7-7396-433b-8fde-5c93a89e8316&semesterId=2f587999-1394-4d89-bcb1-0e23d19ef168

Free Trial Fitwell Karate Class in IM Bldg Rm7 Tonight!

Fitness and Wellness Karate Class starts at 7:30PM. Room 7 is on the lower level of IM Bldg. Wear your white Karate gi if you have one, or exercise clothing. For safety, please remove all jewelry, watches, etc. before class begins.

Fitwell Karate Class registration info:
https://pennstatecampusrec.org/Program/GetProgramDetails?courseId=991e87d7-7396-433b-8fde-5c93a89e8316&semesterId=2f587999-1394-4d89-bcb1-0e23d19ef168