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6th Annual Kyufest Tournament PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dean Scott   
Sunday, 08 June 2014 19:05

kyufest flyer 2014

The sixth annual Kyu Fest was hosted at Charlotte Catholic High School on Saturday the 27th of September by United Southern Isshinryu Karate (USIK) of Charlotte NC. Following a Black Belt Meeting and photos sessions, and introduction of VIPs.  The tournament begins promptly at 1100 (11 AM). Past events featured over 160 competitors competing in 63 divisions, including Kumite (free fighting), Empty Hand Kata (forms) and Weapons Kata (forms). Additionally, over  250 spectators (mostly direct family members) were in attendance.  The event ended promptly at 1400 (2 PM), followed by lunch.

Since 2009, this event has grown steadily and served as a means not only to support a unique venue for a kyu ranks (under black belt) tournament, but also an educational atmosphere in which to train and develop newly promoted black belts, as well as instructor and mid-level black belts in the nuances of logistics, judging, and operating a safe and efficient tournament.

Saturday, September 27,2014

Charlotte Catholic High
7702 Pineville-Matthews Road
Charlotte, NC 28226


Sign in & Black Belt Meeting @ 10:00 AM
Tournament begins @ 11:00 AM – Ends @ 2:30 PM

All registrations and payments must be received No Later Than September 6th, 2014.
• If received by August 9th - $40 for two events. Add $5 for weapons competition.
• If received by September 6th - $60 for two events. Add $10 for weapons competition.
• Basics Division - $5.00 (Only event)
• Additional $10 charge after September 6th and we will only take competitors after that date IF the division has less than six competitors.

No registrations at the door. No Refunds.

Contact your Sensei regarding specific details.

2014 Kyu Fest Registration Form

Competition Rules Long Version

Competition Rules Short Version

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 00:02
Young Women's Self Defense Course PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dean Scott   
Sunday, 05 January 2014 00:00

On Wed. 26 March 2014 at 7pm the Carolina Isshinryu Academy taught a young women's Self Defense Course at the Weddington/Waxhaw Church of Latter Day Saints. The event was a coordinated effort between Sensei Justin Serpico and the President of the Church's young women's youth group. Sensei Serpico was assisted by Mr. Jin Fang, Leslie Snow and Gabrielle Serpico. The course was delivered as an introduction to self defense and included concepts about awareness, avoiding distractions, escalation of force and some basic physical escapes/evasions. Over 35 women ranging in ages from 12 years through adult were in attendance.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 02:07
USIK PDF Print E-mail
Written by Charlie Snearly   
Sunday, 08 June 2014 15:22

Welcome to the United Southern Isshinryu site. This site is dedicated to all Isshinryu martial artists living in the South. Some of us are affiliated with an established Isshinryu organization and some choose not to be affiliated. The important thing is we all practice Isshinryu karate and we respect others that are traveling down the same chosen path.

You will find information on dojos, tournaments, and seminars on this site. Galleries from recent events and promotion information are available as well.

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 June 2014 19:23
February 22nd, 2014 - Kumite Seminar PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dean Scott   
Sunday, 05 January 2014 00:00

On Saturday, February 22nd the USIK is holding our first seminar of the year.  We will concentrate on Kumite.


Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014

Time: 10 AM - 1 PM

Location: Apex Martial Arts, 8715 Sidney Cir., Charlotte, NC 28269

Cost: $25 (includes pizza lunch)


As the focus will be on Kumite, all participants are required to bring head gear, hand and foot pads, mouth piece, and cups.

Download this flyer for more details.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 12:32


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