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Isshin-ryu Karate is a relatively modern style of karate formally recognized in Okinawa in 1956. Founded by Master Tatsuo Shimabuku, "Isshin-ryu" translates to "One Heart Way." Tatsuo Shimabuku, beginning at age eight, studied with three highly respected Okinawan karate pioneers; Chotoku Kyan, Chojun Miyagi, and Choki Motobu. Being an innovator, he combined what he thought was the best from all three of his instructors. While today karate is typically practiced as a sport, traditional Isshin-ryu Karate is, at its core, an effective system of self-defense employing aggressive counter-striking combined with low kicks. The study of karate develops strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, confidence, and self-discipline. The focus of this class is traditional Isshin-ryu Karate.

Meeting times / locations

Karate meets from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays in HPER Court B (Climbing Room). The class is taught by Darren Gilbert, a 5th-degree blackbelt in Isshin-ryu Karate and second-generation Isshin-ryu Karate student.


The instructors are not paid for their time, however, club dues are collected to provide for such items as mats and travel expenses. Dues are $45 per semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) and are due at the beginning of each semester. Payment of dues entitles you to participate in all other classes at no additional charge.

Participants in the karate class will be required to purchase a gi (the standard karate uniform). Cost varies depending on the size and style of the gi you choose to purchase.

Guests are welcome to attend two classes before paying any fees and buying a gi.

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