Tag Archives: Shimabuku

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.

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

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

Fall 2019 Student Involvement Fair

RESCHEDULED!
Date: Thursday, August 29
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: HUB Lawn
Check In Time for Groups: 10:00 AM


The Involvement Fair is one of the best opportunities to get involved in campus life at Penn State. Student Organizations, like the Penn State Karate Club, set up displays and have members on site talk to visitors one on one about what their organization does on campus. Involvement in co-curricular experiences is one of the most important parts of having a successful college career! You will make friends, learn all about Penn State, and develop invaluable skills you will use in life beyond Penn State. There are over 1,000 student organizations to choose from. Wondering where to start? Look for the Penn State Karate Club at the Involvement Fair!

https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/involvement-student-life/get-involved/involvement-fair

Congratulations PSKC Competitors

PSKC competitors at IWKA 2019 banquet with tournament host and Grandmaster Kichiro Shimabuku

Congrats to all competitors this year and special congrats to our Black Belts that finished in the top 3 of their divisions.

Sensei Breanne Decker – 3rd Kata, 3rd Kobudo, 2nd kumite
Sensei Eliza Gabel – 3rd Kumite
Sensei Joe Kotanchik – 3rd Kumite
Sensei Sara Wall – 3rd Kobudo

IWKA 2021 World Championship will be hosted by Sensei Ramathas in India.