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On Saturday, September 27,2014 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.

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Waga Michi Dojo - Marshville, NC

Carolina Isshinryu Academy

513 E. Main Marshville, NC 28103

Monday Open Karate class from 6:45-8:30pm

Tues.+ Thurs.   
Lil' Warriors ages 5-7  from 6:20-7pm
Kids Karate ages 8-14 from  6:40-7:25pm
Adult Karate ages 15-up from 7:30-8:30pm

Contact: Sensei Mark Ciprich at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information.

Sensei Mark Ciprich (5th Dan)

Location/date of birth: Buffalo, New York on 1969.
Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began: September 1993 in Cheektowaga, New York with Shihan Bill Adams.
Date received Sho-Dan in Isshinryu karate: August 2000.
Date received present rank: Go-Dan in Isshinryu - June 2010
Organizational support: Member of the AOKA since 1998. Member of USJA since May 2003. Assistant instructor at the Carolina Isshinryu Academy.
Awards (Martial Arts): AOKA Black Belt of the Year (2004). Certified USJA Level I Coach.
Profession: United Stated Postal Service, Letter carrier.
Personal: Wife: Judy; Son: Jonathon Frank.



Sensei Heath Stewart (3rd Dan)


Location/Date of Birth: Marshville, NC on July 17, 1988.
Date/Location/Instructors where Isshinryu training began: January 2006 in Monroe, NC with Sensei Tim Grismer, Sensei Mark Ciprich and Sensei Bob Harris.
Date received Sho-Dan rank in Isshinryu: October 11, 2009.
Date received present rank: San-Dan December 7, 2013
Organizational support: Member of the AOKA since 2006.
Occupation: Union County Government Center, System Support Technician
Education: B.S. Information and Computer Technology from East Carolina University 2010



Ms. Jordan Kingsgate (1st Dan)


Location/Date of Birth: Plainfield, NJ, 1978.
Date/Location/Instructors where Isshinryu training began: September 2009 in Monroe, NC, with Sensei Mark Ciprich
Date received Sho-Dan rank in Isshinryu: October 14, 2012.
Date received present rank: Sho-Dan October 14, 2012
Organizational support: Member of the AOKA since 2009.
Occupation: Demand Planner, Scott Safety
Education: B.S. Accounting 2000. MBA 2004. From Wingate University


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