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February 22nd, 2014 - Kumite Seminar PDF Print E-mail

On Saturday, February 22nd we are 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.

Young Women's Self Defense Course PDF Print E-mail

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.


Kyu Fest Hosted at Charlotte Catholic High School PDF Print E-mail

The fifth annual Kyu Fest was hosted at Charlotte Catholic High School on Saturday the 28th of September by United Southern Isshinryu Karate of Charlotte NC. Following a Black Belt Meeting and photos sessions, and introduction of VIPs, the Sun Valley High School Junior Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (JNROTC) Honor Guard presented the colors in an impressive ceremony which officially kicked off the tournament, which began promptly at 1100 (11 AM). Overall, 160 competitors competed 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. 

Kyu Fest was also supported by a variety of Isshinryu Masters and Grand Masters in the Carolinas, including Grand Master Phil Little, Grand Master Mitch Kobylanski (host), Masters Tim Boykin, Tim Grismer, Butch Mclaughlin, Tim Cunningham, Peter Keko, H.P. Henry and Joe Snyder.

Click here to view pictures from the event.

Charlie - San Dan Promotion PDF Print E-mail

Congratulations to Sensei Charlie Snearly on his San-Dan Promotion on 28-May-2013.

Charleston Joint Base Kumite Seminar PDF Print E-mail

On Saturday the 20th of April, the main Charleston Isshinryu Dojo hosted a kumite seminar, conducted by Grand Master Mitch Kobylanski, Ku Dan (9th degree black belt). The seminar was conducted at the Joint Base Charleston Gym in North Charleston, SC. Quarterly workouts and seminars are normally hosted at the main dojo in Charlotte, NC. This is the first seminar in the Charleston area, and the event had an outstanding turnout! About twenty students came to participate in the event. We started at 900 and continued until 1130.




Before the seminar began, Sensei Justin Andre was presented his San Dan (instructor certificate) by Master Tim Boykin. The first half of the seminar focused on hand techniques and entry skills. Sensei Kobylanski explained how to derive power and speed through economy of motion. The concepts presented were meant to have a wide application and appeal to all skill levels and body types. The second half of the seminar tied in kicking drills and combinations building off of the previously mentioned concepts.






After the seminar, several participants hosted lunch and socialized together at Steel City Pizza. There was much positive feedback from the participants about the event. Everyone had a great time and no one got hurt. The Charleston dojo deeply appreciates Sensei Kobylanski's visit and we all look forward to future workouts!



The next seminar will be conducted in North Carolina in support of Burlington, High Point, and Lexington Dojos in early May.

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