Welcome to my Isshin-ryu Page
Welcome to my Isshin-ryu Karate page. I began the study of Isshin-ryu Karate in the Fall of 1983 after finishing a 4-year enlistment in the U.S. Army. I have about 35 years of training in karate. My first instructor was Sensei Allen Wheeler in Powell, Tennessee. My last instructor, until he passed away, was Sensei Sherman Harrill of Carson, IA.
Along the way, I have also had the opportunity to train with many great martial artists of different styles. These included AJ Advincula, Joe Lewis, Remy Presas, and Rick Moneymaker. I continue to train with Sensei John Kerker who took over the Carson dojo when Sensei Harrill passed away. Other great Isshin-ryu practitioners who have aided me in my search for understanding include George Shin, Louie Grinnell, Eddie Satterfield, Mark Radunz and Lee Norton. It has been an interesting journey and one that completely changed how I view Isshin-ryu Karate and how I train.
Sensei Harrill’s approach to Isshin-ryu Karate absolutely amazed people when they saw him at a demonstration or a seminar. No pads. No rules (other than the Laws of Physics and Body Mechanics). Just practical, efficient application of good karate basics and technique from kata. Sensei Harrill’s karate is an example of what karate originally was … a scientific, practical, efficient and deadly fighting art. Not a sport, a fitness program, or pathway to omnipresent intergalactic oneness.
On this page, I will share the things I have learned as well as things that made that learning possible. It will contain articles, downloads, video clips, and photographs. Please bear with me. I am just getting started on this and I intend to do my level best to ensure it remains a high-quality source for good information on Isshin-ryu Karate.
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