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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 (USIK) 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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

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

 
Joint Base Charleston Kumite PDF Print E-mail

Charleston Isshinryu Karate is hosting a Kumite seminar at Joint Base Charleston's Fitness Center in the Globemaster Gymnasium.

The focus of this seminar will be on Kumite (fighting). We are proud to announce that we will have 9th Dan Grand Master Mitch Kobylanski joining us from Charlotte NC.

Participants should come prepared with their sparring gear and a good attitude. We look forward to having a great workout!

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February Warrior Seminar Series PDF Print E-mail

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.

We are proud to announce the latest installment of the Warrior Seminar Series at the Matthews Dojo on Saturday February 23, 2013 starting at 10:00 AM. The cost is $35, and we will be focusing on kumite and judging.

All ranks are invited, and participants should come prepared to kumite. That means a protective cup, mouth guard, head gear, foot and hand pads. Black belts will be judging and running the matches, and they will also be evaluated for the responsibility of running a ring at this year's Kyu Fest Tournament. Students will have the opportunity to participate in tournament-style sparring and receive feedback and insight on their technique and strategy.

 
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