I began practicing Isshin-Ryu Karate in September 2000 at Breeden's Isshin-Ryu. My instructor is Rick Breeden (Roku-Dan, 6th degree). Mr. Breeden was a student of Master Harold Long. Master Long was a student of the Founder of Isshin-Ryu, Master Tatsuo Shimabuku. As a school, we now work closely with Master Pete Mills (Ju-Dan, 10th degree).
Isshin-Ryu is a relatively new style of Karate. Master Tatsuo Shimabuku created it in the mid 1950's by combining what he believed to be the best of Shorin-Ryu and Goju-Ryu and making a few modifications.
Much information about Isshin-Ryu can be found on the internet. The Everything Isshinryu page is a great place to start your explorations.
I have found that a lot of good information can be found in the U.S. Army Field Manuals. I have found FM 21-150 to be very helpful as well as FM 21-50.
For a bit of humor, check out this training session in Ti Kwan Leap http://www3.pair.com/mtfaco/personal/boottothehead.html.
My History/Achievements in Isshin-Ryu and other Martial Arts
|July 3, 2012||Promoted to the rank of San-Dan (3rd degree Black Belt).|
|June 9, 2007||Promoted to the rank of Ni-Dan (2nd degree Black Belt).|
|February - March 2003||Learned a little about Tai Chi at the Hwa Fu Chapter in the Washington, DC area.|
|October 19, 2002||Promoted to the rank of Sho-Dan (Black Belt) (Here's a copy of my certificate). Here are some photos from the evening when I got my belt.|
|August 25, 2001||Promoted to the rank of Ik-Kyu (Brown Belt)|
|July 3, 2001||Promoted to the rank of San-Kyu (Blue Belt)|
|May 5, 2001||Participated in all three events; Empty-Hand Kata (Seiuchin), Weapons Kata (Tokomeni No Kon Bo) and Kumite) at the Kelly's Heroes IIKA Karate Tournament|
|April 3, 2001||Promoted to the rank of Go-Kyu (Green Belt)|
|Promoted to the rank of ????? (Orange Belt)|
|September 2000||Began Studying Isshin-Ryu with Rick Breeden|
|Practiced Kempo Karate under the instruction of the Warner family (Jr. Warner, Charla Warner and Shawn Warner) in Sevierville. I was ultimately promoted to 4th Kyu before the school closed.|
|May 23, 1995||Promoted to the 7th rank (Green Belt) in Tae Kwon Do
Under Steve Brown at the American Tae Kwon Do Class, West Park Recreation Center, Irving, Texas
|1994||Began studying Tae Kwon Do|