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Warrior Series Seminar Black/Brown Workout 2017 PDF Print E-mail

We're hosting a Black/Brown belt seminar at Master Ciprich's dojo on Saturday December 9th starting at 10 AM and ending 12:30. Cost is $35/person and this will pay for your United Southern Isshinryu Karate membership (USIK) for 2018.  Membership allows access to all of our regularly scheduled seminars in 2018 at no charge. *See attached flyer and registration form for more details. You will need to download it from the United Southern Isshinryu Karate Facebook page in order to fill in the document. Mailing address is provided on the registration form.  

We will cover all aspects of the Kyufest from kata scoring, kumite, scorekeeping, ring co-ordinating and also criteria used in forming divisions.

We will also spend time on dojo best practices and how to keep students. Additionally, we will cover the 2018 seminar schedule and discuss forming an Awards committee.

The last part of the seminar we will cover aspects Sanchin.

Provide GM Kobylanski with a list (and funds) of karateka who wish to register for 2018/USIK, NLT (no later than) 6 DECEMBER. This will allow him sufficient time to print/sign the individual annual certificates and distribute them during the 9 December workout.  Certificates will be mailed for those who do not attend in person.

Thanks very much, looking forward to seeing everyone and training together December 9th!


9th Annual Kyufest Tournament PDF Print E-mail

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On Saturday the 23rd of September, Grand Master Mitch Kobylanski hosted the 9th annual United Southern Isshinryu Karate Kyu Fest tournament in Charlotte, NC. The event featured 130 competitors with 54 divisions spotlighting completion for Brown Below (KYU) ranks and below. Over 60+ black belts were in attendance providing training and mentoring to junior black belts. We were fortunate to have Grand Masters William Salinardi and Ronald Boucher as well as Master Peter Williams in attendance this year. Additionally, there were several promotions conducted prior to the tournament, including Tim Boykin (9th Dan), Mark Ciprich (6th Dan), Eddie Wilson (5th Dan) and Stephanie Esper (3rd Dan). Congratulations and well done to all!

Organization Membership 2017 PDF Print E-mail

Members will receive certified rank certificates from the United Southern Isshinryu Karate organization. There are also 4 Master lead work shops that are also included at no cost. Interested students see your Sensei regarding membership.  Dojos that are not affiliated with our organization may become members by contacting Grand Master Mitch Kobylanski.

2016 Annual Brown/Black Belt Workout PDF Print E-mail

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Date/ Time:
Saturday, December 3 at 10:00am - 1:00pm

Marshville Family Martial Arts: 531 E Main St, Marshville, North Carolina 28103

United Southern Isshin Ryu's annual workout for Brown belts and up. Join us for a vigorous work focusing on kumite skills, tournament judging and kata applications. Sessions will be taught by Masters Mitch Kobylanski, Tim Boykin, Tim Grismer, Butch McLaughlin and Dean Scott.

Bring your weapons and sparring gear.

$25 cash at door.

7th Annual Kyufest Tournament PDF Print E-mail

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The seventh annual invitational Kyu Fest will be hosted at St. Gabriel Catholic Church on Saturday the 26th 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). Last year's event featured over 160 competitors competing in 63 divisions, including Kumite (free fighting), empty hand 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 tournament has grown steadily and served as a means not only to support a unique venue for a kyu ranks (under black belt), 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 26,2015

St. Gabriel Catholic Church Gymnasium
3016 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

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 5th, 2015.
• If received by August 8th - $40 for two events. Add $5 for weapons competition.
• If received by September 5th - $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.

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