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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

In October, Okinawa is full of big events with strong elements of Okinawan tradition and culture!

The Naha Great Tug-of-War Festival features the world’s biggest straw rope, recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. The Shurijo Castle Festival highlights the Ryukyu Dynasty Emaki Gyoretsu Parade by a total of approx. 700 people. On Karate Day, more than 2,000 Karate enthusiasts demonstrate together. Also, The Okinawa-no Sangyo Matsuri (Okinawa Industrial Festival), which puts made-in-Okinawa products on display all in one place, will be held in late October.
Do not miss these big events that represent Okinawa!

🔹The Naha Great Tug-of-War Festival
Saturday, October 12 to Monday, October 14, 2019
– Saturday, October 12: Shimin Engei Minzoku Dentou Geinou Parade (citizens’ entertainment and traditional folk arts parade) [Kokusai Street]
– Sunday, October 13: Naha Otsunahiki and Otsunahiki Gyoretsu (The Naha Great Tug-of-War and Great Tug-of-War Parade) [Kumoji crossing on Route 58]
– Saturday, October 12 to Monday, October 14: RBC Shimin (civic) Festival & Orion Beer Paradise [Onoyama General Athletic Park]

🔹Ryukyu Dynasty Emaki Gyoretsu Parade in Shurijo Castle Festival
12:30 to 14:30, Sunday, October 27, 2019 [Kokusai Street]

🔹Karate Day Anniversary Demonstration Festival
15:30 to 17:00, Sunday, October 27, 2019 [Kokusai Street]

🔹43rd Okinawa-no Sangyo Matsuri (Okinawa Industrial Festival)
10:00 to 19:00, Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27, 2019 [Okinawa Prefectural Budokan, Onoyama Park]

For information about events in Okinawa:
http://bit.ly/2nIZZ9j

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