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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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Bushido Isshinryu -Graham, NC

Classes Saturday afternoons (12:30 p.m.)

510 W Harden St., Graham NC

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


Rick Edinger


Sensei Rick Edinger (4th Dan)

Location/date of birth: Canandaigua NY in 1990
Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began: June 1998 Burlington Martial Arts Master Dan Glover
Date received Sho-Dan in Isshinryu karate: Junior Shodan May 2000; Shodan November 2003
Date received Current rank: Yon-Dan December 7, 2013
Awards (Martial Arts): AOKA Outstanding Youth Male 2007, AMAA Young Male Black Belt Competitor of the Year 2004; 2005
Organizational Support: AOKA 2006
Professional: EMT Intermediate; Alamance Regional Medical Center Nursing Assistant; FT student ACC
Personal: Wife: Heather; Mother: Rita Parke Stainback


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