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Isshin-Ryu Karate
Penn State Karate Club & Affiliates

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Head Instructor:
Sensei Dane Sutton, Hanshigo, 9th Dan


Active Senior Instructors:
Regan Williams, Kiyoshigo, 7th Dan
Don McCandless, Kiyoshigo, 7th Dan
Que Dang, Renshigo, 6th Dan
James Miller, Renshigo, 6th Dan
Dayton Sauerman, Renshigo, 6th Dan
Paul Cote, Renshigo, 6th Dan
Carl Clark, Renshigo, 6th Dan
Ira Sasowski, Renshigo, 6th Dan
Jonathan Marmon, Renshigo, 6th Dan
Ralph Miller, Renshigo, 6th Dan



Our Style and Lineage: The founder of Isshin-ryu karate is Master Tatsuo Shimabuku (left photo). Isshin-ryu literally means 'one heart school'. Master Shimabuku developed the Isshin-ryu system based on his prior training in Shorin-ryu and Gojo-ryu karate under Masters Kyan, Miyagi, and Motobu, and on the kobudo he learned from Master Taira. Isshin-ryu karate is not just a selection of methods from the different styles, but a truely innovative system developed by Master Tatsuo Shimabuku. The art was passed on to Tatsuo's son, Master Kichiro Shimabuku (right photo), and also to his son-in-law, Master Angi Uezu (left middle).

The Penn State Karate Club was founded in January of 1972 by a small group of martial artists including Sensei Dane Sutton, Hanshigo, 9th Dan (left lower). Sensei Sutton is fortunate to have received all of his training directly from recognized karate masters. His first instructors from the early 1970's were the late Sensei Stuart A. Dorow, Hanshigo, 9th Dan, and his wife, the late Sensei Carol Liskai Dorow, Kiyoshigo, 8th Dan (below right). Senseis Dorow and Liskai trained directly under Master Tatsuo Shimabuku, and later, under his son, Master Kichiro Shimabuku.

Sensei Dorow was one of very few westerners to first achieve 9th Dan and hold the esteemed title of Hanshigo in Isshin-ryu Karate. Sensei Liskai was the first woman to achieve 8th Dan in Isshin-ryu, and to receive the prestigious title of Kiyoshigo. In fact, she was the only woman to ever be promoted to 3rd Dan by Master Tatsuo Shimabuku himself. In addition to these accomplishments, Captain Dorow was a decorated Vietnam Veteran, and both he and Major Liskai were consumate professionals in their respective civilian careers. Sadly, Senseis Dorow and Liskai passed away in 2000 and 2005, respectively. All students of our associated clubs dedicate their continuing training to the memory of Senseis Dorow and Liskai.

In addition to training under Senseis Dorow and Liskai, Sensei Sutton received intensive training from Master Kichiro Shimabuku, and also from Master Uezu, both in Okinawa and when the masters visted the U.S. On a number of such visits, he also trained with Sensei Tsuyoshi Uechi, Hanshigo, 9th Dan, IOTKA (right). Sensei Uechi had trained for many years in Okinawa under both Master Shimabuku and Master Uezu. He was head of the OIKA after Sensei Uezu retired, and now heads his own organization since 2007.

In 2007, Master Kichiro Shimabuku presented Sensei Sutton with the Tatsuo Shimabuku Award for his extraordinary accomplishments and dedication to Isshin-ryu Karate, and for his continuing research on the biomechanics of karate. Sensei Sutton was promoted to Hanshigo, 9th Dan by Master Kichiro Shimabuku in recognition of his more than 40 years of training in karate. Sensei Sutton has the unique distinction of also being an 8th Dan in the OIKA under Master Uezu.


Our Schools: All new members wishing to progress through our club belt ranking system in Isshin-ryu are expected to start at the white belt level, regardless of previous kyu or dan rank. Sensei Dane Sutton, Hanshigo, 9th Dan, and Head Instructor of the Penn State Karate Club, monitors and approves the student's progress at each belt rank. Through Sensei Sutton, we maintain affiliations with, and certifications through, the Okinawan home dojo of Master Kichiro Shimabuku, Hanshigo, 10th Dan (IWKA). Over the years, we have also maintained affiliations with, and offered certifications through, the Okinawan home dojo of Master Angi Uezu, Hanshigo, 10th Dan (OIKA), who has since retired from active leadership of this organization. In our association of clubs, you will receive regular instruction from black belts ranked from 1st to 6th Dan. A number of our senior instructors (6th through 9th Dan) conduct frequent seminars.


Please note: All listings on this page were approved as of 09/30/12 by Sensei Dane Sutton, Hanshigo, 9th Dan. The dragon logo and patch used by the Penn State Karate Club was designed by, and is copyrighted by and owned by, Sensei Dane Sutton, 9th Dan, Hanshi-Go, and Sensei Greg Sutton, 3rd Dan, all rights reserved. It is reproduced here with permission. Other photographical material posted on this page was provided courtesy of Sensei Dane Sutton and the Penn State Karate Club.

Related Links, Listings, Club Events:
Penn State Karate Club and Affiliated Isshin-Ryu Karate Clubs


Penn State Karate Club
University Park, Pennsylvania

Sensei Dane Sutton, Hanshigo, 9th Dan
Don McCandless, Kiyoshigo, 7th Dan
David Willey, Renshigo, 5th Dan
Jaeson Koszarsky, Renshigo, 5th Dan
Jennifer Koszarsky, Renshigo, 5th Dan
Joseph Kotanchik, 2nd Dan
Joel Steudler, 2nd Dan
Hsiao-hui Yang, 1st Dan

Special Commemorative Penn State Karate Club Photo, Isshin-ryu Karate, Dan Rank Testing and Seminar, April 19, 1999: This event was sponsored at the time by the PSKC and Sensei Dane Sutton, Kiyoshigo, and featured one of the largest assemblies of PSKC black belts gathered since the club's inception in 1972. At the time, this event included special visiting head instructors, Sensei Stuart A. Dorow, Hanshigo (front center), and Sensei Carol A. Liskai, Kiyoshigo (to Sensei Dorow's left). Sensei's Dorow and Liskai presented seminars on Master Tatsuo Shimabuku's way of karate kihon, kata, and kunite. Sensei Sutton (to Sensei Dorow's right) presented a seminar on the biomechanics of karate. Please scroll further below for listings and brief descriptions of representative club semninars extending back to 2000.



Northern Virginia Isshin-ryu Karate Club
Woods Community Center
Burke, Virginia

James Miller, Renshigo, 6th Dan
Ralph Miller, Renshigo, 6th Dan
Linda Keefer, Instructor, 4th Dan
Al Wong, 4th Dan
Mami Gebereegziabher, 3rd Dan
Benjamin Ertel, 1st Dan
Phillipe Passin, 1st Dan
Glen Landry, 1st Dan
E-mail: Nova Isshinryu (nova.isshinryu@gmail.com)

Montgomery Isshin-ryu Karate Club (reference this page)
Takoma Park Recreation Center
7315 New Hampshire Avenue
Takoma Park, Maryland 20912

Dmitriy Gulik, Renshigo, 4th Dan
Mary Kendall, 2nd Dan
Andy Flores, 2nd Dan
Sally Leakermariam, 1st Dan
Allan Romero, 1st Dan
E-mail: Mary Kendall (maryk244@gmail.com)
Local Club Advisors
Que Dang, Renshigo, 6th Dan
Paul Cote, Renshigo, 6th Dan
Rob Cook, Renshigo, 5th Dan
Nicole Little, Renshigo, 5th Dan
Jon Green, Renshigo, 5th Dan
Liz Ehrstein, Instructor, 4th Dan

Penn State Karate Club Philadelphia Region
Stellar All-Star Academy
126 Leverington Avenue
Manayunk, PA 19127

Jonathan Marmon, Renshigo, 6th Dan
Derek Heine, Instructor, 4th Dan
Wade Hetrick, Instructor, 3rd Dan
Joe Anstine, 1st Dan
Sundays, 6:00-8:00 PM
E-mail: Derek Heine (dph138@yahoo.com)
E-mail: Jonathan Marmon (marmz2@aol.com)
Website: www.betterfly.com/derekheine (or click on club name above)

Other Active Member Clubs:
The Penn State Karate Club has active member clubs currently in other cities. If you live in or near one of the areas listed below, and are interested in the study of Isshin-ryu karate, please contact the Penn State Karate Club via their website link above, and they will provide you with relevant contact information for the head instructors or their designates. Individual website links, specific dojo locations, and direct contact information for the clubs listed below will be posted as they are made available to this host site.

Cleveland, Ohio
Regan Williams, Kiyoshigo, 7th Dan
Joseph Trocchio, Renshigo, 5th Dan

University of Akron, Ohio
Ira Sasowsky, Renshigo, 6th Dan
Kathryn Sasowsky, Instructor, 4th Dan

New York City, New York
Jin Jin Huang, Renshigo, 5th Dan
Thomas George, Instructor, 3rd Dan

Elysberg, Pennsylvania
Carl Clark, Renshigo, 6th Dan
Eric Trometter, 1st Dan
Amber Trometter, 1st Dan
E-mail: Carl Clark (vldcec@yahoo.com)

Loughborough University, UK
Matthew Pain, 3rd Dan

Bangkok, Thailand
Paiboon Ngernmeesri, 3rd Dan
Kasetsart University

Jiangxi, China
Dayton Sauerman, Renshigo, 6th Dan
Jiangxi Agricultural University

The Penn State Karate Club has over 250 graduate black belt practitioners living in other areas of the country and throughout the world. Please contact the Penn State Karate Club and ask whether there are black belts from our club in your area who can share their training time to help you get started in the practice of Isshin-Ryu.


Penn State Karate Club, Isshin-ryu Karate, Dan Rank Testing and Seminar, March 24, 2012, noon-5:00pm: We participated in this event sponsored by the PSKC and Sensei Dane Sutton, Hanshigo, 9th Dan. This event was not open to the public. Sensei Sutton received the Nittany Lion Award for his many contributions to the intellectual and physical development of Penn State's students. He continued with a presentation on the theory of Kempo Gokui, and on Seisan Shiai, Seisan Gokui, and Hangetsu as part of his ongoing seminar series on Isshin-ryu's Seisan kata. Sensei Paul Cote, Renshigo 6th Dan, presented a seminar segment on concepts and applications from various katas against frontal choking attacks. Sensei Don McCandles, Kiyoshigo, 7th Dan, presented from his continuing seminar series on stick fighting (tanbo). Professor John Challis, Penn State Kinesiology Graduate Program Director, received the Kenpo Gokui Award from the Okinawan Masters, Kichiro Shimabuku and Angie Uezu. Congratulations to those others who received well-earned kyu and dan rank promotions at this event.


Penn State Karate Club, Isshin-ryu Karate, Dan Rank Testing and Seminar, October 1, 2011, 10:00am-5:00pm: We participated in this event sponsored by the PSKC and Sensei Dane Sutton, Kiyoshigo. This event was not open to the public. Formal activities started at 1:00pm with early training and review starting at 10:00am. Sensei Sutton presented from his continuing seminar series on Seisan kata including the ideas of Wu-chih, uniting of the hands, sei and ki. Sensei Paul Cote, Renshigo, presented concepts and applications for all belt levels from the first several movements of Kusanku kata. Sensei Don McCandles, Kiyoshigo, presented an excellent seminar on practical applications for stick fighting (baton). Senseis Jaeson and Jennifer Koszarsky, Renshigos, led group kata for black belts, and morning review sessions on kobudo. Congratulations to those of you who received well-earned kyu and dan rank promotions at this event.


Penn State Karate Club, Isshin-ryu Karate, Dan Rank Testing and Seminar, March 19, 2011, noon-4:00pm: We participated in this event sponsored by the PSKC and Sensei Dane Sutton, Kiyoshigo. This event was not open to the public. Sensei Sutton presented from his continuing seminar series on Seisan kata, including aspects of balance, fitness components, enbusen, and symbolism (uniting of hands, ten mountains). Sensei Paul Cote, Renshigo, continued on this theme with a seminar on selected applications from Seisan kata. Sensei Don McCandles, Kiyoshigo, presented an excellent seminar on the use of the hand-held 'stinger' as weaponry. Sensei's Jaeson and Jennifer Koszarsky, Renshigos, led group kata for black belts, and morning review sessions on kobudo. Congratulations to those of you who received well-earned kyu and dan rank promotions at this event.


Penn State Karate Club, Isshin-ryu Karate, Dan Rank Testing and Seminar, October 2, 2010, noon-4:00pm: Apologies that we were unable to attend this event sponsored by the PSKC and Sensei Dane Sutton, Kiyoshigo. This event was not open to the public. Sensei Sutton presented from his continuing seminar series on Seisan kata, including Seisan Shiai, Zanshin, and Ma-ai. Sensei Regan Williams, Kiyoshigo, presented a seminar on Isshin-ryu kihon. Sensei Don McCandless, Kiyoshigo, presented from his continuing seminar series on traditional weapons. Congratulations to those of you who received well-earned kyu and dan rank promotions at this event.


Penn State Karate Club, Isshin-ryu Karate, Dan Rank Testing and Seminar, March 20, 2010, noon-4:00pm: We participated in this event sponsored by the PSKC and Sensei Dane Sutton, Kiyoshigo. This event was not open to the public. Sensei Sutton presented from his continuing seminar series on Seisan kata chinkuchi; he also brought in aspects for healthy life style and fitness and performance standards. Sensei Regan Williams, Kiyoshigo, presented a seminar on chinkuchi in Isshin-ryu kihon and Sanchin. Sensei Cote, Renshigo, presented a seminar on selected applications from various Isshin-ryu kata, including Seisan and Naihanchi. Sensei Carl Clark, Renshigo, presented a seminar of grappling methods and ground work. Sensei's Jaeson and Jennifer Koszarsky, Renshigos, led group kata and kobudo review for black belts. Congratulations to those of you who received well-earned kyu and dan rank promotions at this event.


Penn State Karate Club, Isshin-ryu Karate, Dan Rank Testing and Seminar, October 24, 2009, noon-5:30pm: We participated in this event sponsored by the PSKC and Sensei Dane Sutton, Kiyoshigo. This event was not open to the public. Sensei Sutton presented a seminar covering Seisan, Sanchin, and Sunsu Katas, with emphasis on kime and kiai, and related these to teachings from Kyan, Miyagi, and those in the Matsumura Shorin school. Sensei Paul Cote, Renshigo, presented a seminar on selected applications from Seiunchin kata. Sensei Don McCandless, Kiyoshigo, presented a seminar on the figure-8 cutting patterns from filipino arnis stick fighting and showed some of the translations from this method to the 6-foot bo, the knife, and empty hand methods. Congratulations to those of you who received well-earned kyu and dan rank promotions at this event.


Penn State Karate Club, Isshin-ryu Karate, Dan Rank Testing & Seminar, March 21, 2009, noon-5:00pm. We participated in this event sponsored by the PSKC and Sensei Dane Sutton, Kiyoshigo. This event was not open to the public. Sensei Sutton lectured on the history of karate and as a club activity at Penn State, on performance versus stress indicators, and biomechanical principles for maximizing effectiveness of techniques. He continued with his ongoing seminar series on Seisan kata with emphasis on kime and kihon. Sensei Regan Williams, Kiyoshigo, covered additional aspects of Seisan kata in his seminar. We continued to train for the upcoming IWKA Tournament in June.


Penn State Karate Club, Isshin-ryu Karate, Dan Rank Testing & Seminar, October 4, 9, 2008: Apologies that we were unable to attend this PSKC event sponsored by Sensei Dane Sutton, Kiyoshigo. Sensei Sutton lectured on teacher-student relationship in the martial arts, including the sensei/sempai/kohai system, and the meaning on on-geri, after which he continued with his ongoing kata seminar featuring Seisan Shiai. Sensei Regan Williams, Kiyoshigo, presented a seminar on Isshin-0ryu kihon; Sensei Don McCandless, Renshigo presented a seminar on Sanchin kata; and Sensei Jim Miller Renshigo, presented seminar on Sunsu kata.


PSKC Sponsors Tai Chi Masters Demonstration and Seminars, August 16 and 17, 2008. This event was held at Penn State in University Park, Pa. and was sponsored in collaboration with mentors and student officers of the PSKC. The PSKC, headed by Sensei Dane Sutton, Kiyoshigo, 8th Dan, played host to the YCGF Internal Martial Arts Family, headed by Grandmaster Zhang Yun, for a series of demonstrations and seminars on taiji quan, taiji push hands methods, san da fighting methods, bagua zhang, and bagua sword. The event was free and open to the public as spectators, and to several guest participants invited by the PSKC and YCGF groups.

This event was covered in a live radio interview with Jeff Byers of WRSC/WBLF Sports Radio in order to provide some background for the community, and to describe the weekend activities. The event was covered also by the local media, including the Center Daily Times and Penn State Live. Check at the YCGF website for a further selection of photos from the seminars and picnic. For other information and photos, please click here.

CURRICULUM:

Saturday, August 16, 2008
9:00am-10:30am   Opening Ceremony & Form Demonstrations - MC Master Strider Clark
   Lion Dance - Chris Young and Steel Dragon
   Gift Exchanges - Grandmaster Zhang Yun of YCFG & Sensei Dane Sutton, Kiyoshigo, of PSKC
   Introduction to YCGF Chinese Internal Martial Arts - Master Strider Clark
   Form Demonstrations - YCGF & PSKC Practitioners
11:00am-12:00pm   Chinese Martial Arts Free Form Fighting - Master Strider Clark
1:30pm-2:30pm       Taiji Push Hands Tactics and Responses - Master Clayton Shiu
2:30pm-3:30pm       Push Hands Training Drills - GM Zhang Yun
3:30pm-5:30pm       Push Hands Competition - YCGF Practitioners
3:30pm-5:30pm       Wu Style Taiji Form for PSKC and Others - YCGF Instructors

Sunday, August 17, 2008
8:30am-9:30am        Liu and Gao Styles of Linear Bagua Zhang - Master Paul Cote
9:30am-11:30am      Bagua Straight Sword Form and Applications - GM Zhang Yun
11:30am-12:30pm   Question and Answer Period for All Styles - GM Zhang Yun
2:00pm-3:00pm       Overview: Acupuncture and Herbal Remedies - Master Clayton Shiu



Penn State Karate Club, Isshin-ryu Karate, Dan Rank Testing & Seminar, March 29, 2008: At this PSKC event, the regular training and testing for promotions were followed by special seminar segments presented by: Sensei Dane Sutton, Kiyoshigo (Aspects of the Seisan kata embusen, center of mass, and Seisan idea of 13 with speculations relating to tai chi 13 postures); Sensei Regan Williams, Kiyoshigo (Special applications of Isshin-ryu upper body basics); Sensei Don McCandless, Renshigo (Seisan kata as a teaching tool for applications; angles, targets, waepons); Sensei Paul Cote, Renshigo (Cross-training: selected applications from the internal martial arts in karate kata); and Sensei Matthew Pain, Instructor (Kumite Sparring).


Penn State Karate Club, Isshin-ryu Karate, Dan Rank Testing & Seminar, November 10, 2007: Apologies that we were unable to attend this PSKC event sponsored by Sensei Dane Sutton, Kiyoshigo. Sensei Sutton lectured on kata lineage, and gave a seminar covering kihon, Sunsu kata, and kumite methods. Sensei Don McCandless, Renshigo, gave a seminar on weapons use. Sensei Carl Clark, Renshigo, gave a seminar on grappling methods.


Penn State Karate Club, Isshin-ryu Karate, Dan Rank Testing & Seminar, April 21, 2007: In a special presentation, three of our Renshigo, 5th Dans, Senseis Denny Nau, Jim Miller, and Que Dang (2nd row seated, 2nd, 5th, and 6th from left) were promoted by Sensei Dan Sutton, Kiyoshigo (2nd row seated, 4th from left) to the distinguished rank of Rokudan [6th Dan].

Special seminar segments were presented by: Sensei Dave Willey, Instructor (The Teaching Craft); Senseis Ira Sasowsky, Renshigo, and his wife Kathryn, 2nd Dan (Power Development); Senseis Liz Ehrstein, Instructor,and Linda Suarez Gamboa, 2nd Dan, and her husband, visiting Sensei Alberto Gamboa (Brazilian Ju-Jutsu); Sensei Paul Cote, Instructor, with Sensei Jon Green, Renshigo
('fin di' - 'changing hand' methods); and Sensei Dane Sutton, Kiyoshigo, and Sensei Don McCandless, Renshigo (tanbo - short stick; five position kali for stick, translations to unarmed technique).


Penn State Karate Club, Isshin-ryu Karate, Dan Rank Testing & Seminar, October 28, 2006: Apologies that we were unable to attend this PSKC event sponsored by Sensei Dane Sutton, Kiyoshigo. At this PSKC event, special seminar segments were presented by: Sensei Sutton (Weapons Kata: Kyan no sai, Hamahiga no tifa, Shi shi no kun no dai), Sensei Don McCandless (Empi technique; Bo-12 angles of attack); Senseis Jaeson and Jennifer Koszarsky (Bo-bo kumite); Sesnei Liz Ehrstein (Brazilian Ju-jutsu).


Penn State Karate Club, Isshin-ryu Karate, Dan Rank Testing & Seminar, March 18, 2006: This PSKC event was sponsored by Sensei Dane Sutton, Kiyoshigo, as a tribute to the late Sensei Carol Liskai, Kiyoshigo, 8th Dan. At this event, the regular training and testing for promotions were followed by special seminar segments presented by: Sensei Fredrick Wasser, Renshigo (Legal Aspects of Self-Defense and Realities of Street Encounters); Sensei Ira Sasowsky, Renshigo (Preparing to Win: Self-Defense Situations, Defusing Dangerous Situations, Philosophies on the Use of Force); Sensei Paul Cote, Instructor (Translation of Bo Kata to Unarmed Techniques: Tokomeni No Kun); Sensei Don McCandless, Renshigo (Empty Hand Flow Drills, Locks, and, Leg Checking Drills), Sensei Dane Sutton (Adaptive Potential vs Stress, Components of Fitness, Skill Development, Control of Movement, Traditional Concepts of Duty and Obligation).


Please note: The tournament listings below are only partial and reflect only the recent IWKA World Championships attended by PSKC members and affiliated schools of the PSKC. More detailed listings and photos, and the records for many placements and trophies of our members from these tournaments, as well as from earlier IWKA tournaments, and from other local and national karate tournaments, are kept on file at the home dojo of the Penn State Karate Club.

Penn State Karate Club: Recent IWKA Tournaments

IWKA World Championship Tournament, July 11-13, 2013, Akron, Ohio, Indiana: The IWKA World Championships were held in Akron this year.


IWKA World Championship Tournament, June 23-25, 2011, Indianapolis, Indiana: Academic Training Traditions was unable to attend the IWKA World Championships in Indianapolis this past year. ATT would like to congratulate all of those karate-ka from Penn State and associated clubs who came to compete, and to give special commendations to those who placed and quailified for Grand Championship competitions. We are all grateful to Sensei Sutton for his training and guidance in helping us to prepare for the tournament.


IWKA World Championship Tournament, June 18-20, 2009, Pittsburgh, Pa: Academic Training Traditions attended the IWKA World Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa. Master Shimabuku was unable to attend the event this year. The event was sponsored by Sensei William H. Duessel, Hanshigo, 9th Dan, of the Pittsburgh Isshin-ryu Karate Academy, who was also honored for his more than 50 years in the martial arts, and for his special dedication to Isshin-ryu karate. On behalf of ATT, we want to congratulate Hanshi Duessel on his many accomplishments. ATT would like to congratulate all of those karate-ka from Penn State and associated clubs who came to compete, to give special commendations to those who placed and quailified for Grand Championship competitions, and express its gratitude to Sensei Sutton for his training and guidance in preparation for the tournament.


IWKA World Championship Tournament, June 28-30, 2007, Princeton, NJ: Academic Training Traditions attended the IWKA World Championships in Princeton. ATT would like to congratulate all of those karate-ka from Penn State and associated clubs who came to compete, to give special commendations to those who placed and quailified for Grand Championship competitions, and express its gratitude to Sensei Sutton for his training and guidance in preparation for the tournament.


IWKA World Championship Tournament, June 23-25, 2005, Akron, Ohio: Academic Training Traditions attended the IWKA World Championships in Akron. ATT would like to congratulate all of those karate-ka from Penn State and associated clubs who came to compete, to give special commendations to those who placed and quailified for Grand Championship competitions, and express its gratitude to Sensei Sutton for his training and guidance in preparation for the tournament.


Penn State Karate Club Member Host Site:

Academic Training Traditions

Isshin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo
Karate Clinics: Cross-Training in the Martial Arts
Sensei Paul J. Cote, Renshigo, 6th Dan
Academic Training Services, Inc.
PO Box 475
New Market, Maryland 21774
e-mail: att8@verizon.net
phone: 240-994-0475

Academic Training Traditions. Click the link here only if you want to browse the Academic Training Traditions (ATT) website for our other services and activities. Additional information and background on Isshin-ryu karate can be found on our 'Martial Arts' page. We teach orthodox Isshin-ryu karate and serve as an advisor to the Montgomery Isshin-ryu Karate Club dojo, and have participated in numerous Penn State Karate Club functions in the past. We offer seminars in orthodox Isshin-ryu karate, conduct periodic Isshin-ryu review sessions with our local affiliates in the Maryland, DC, Virginia areas, and hold specialized clinics in karate and kobudo for those interested in our extended services, as described below, and on the ATT website.


Upcoming Events and Clinics - Academic Training Traditions Karate/Kobudo:


About Our Karate Clinics: Please contact us at ATT about offering a clinic or seminar at your dojo. Clinics feature general training in karate methods, and so your style of karate is not an issue. We do conduct clinics in certified orthodox Isshin-ryu Karate, for the novice, intermediate, and advanced practitioner, but we also can incorporate a number of advanced training methods from other martial arts styles that are highly relevant to all karate, including Isshin-ryu. Many of these methods are based on my 38 years experience with karate, and 25 years of cross-training in the Chinese internal martial arts. You will definitely learn many new ways to apply your traditional kata, and the many principles upon which these applications are based. Karate practitioners can develop more power, using less muscular contraction, through the application of proven methods that refine your root and body alignments for generating such power. Practitioners of internal martial arts can further discover some of the higher level fighting applications and principles inherent to karate kata.

All belt or sash ranks from all styles are welcome to ATT clinics, unless otherwise indicated. For these classes, formal uniforms can be worn, and any belt or sash that you are entitled to wear. Gi pants and T-shirts are also acceptable.