On Saturday, September 27,2014 the sixth annual Kyu Fest was hosted at Charlotte Catholic High School on Saturday the 27th of September by United Southern Isshinryu Karate (USIK) of Charlotte NC. Following a Black Belt Meeting and photos sessions, and introduction of VIPs. The tournament begins promptly at 1100 (11 AM). Past events featured over 160 competitors competing 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.
Welcome to the United Southern Isshin Ryu site. This site is dedicated to all Isshin ryu martial artists living in the South. Some of us are affiliated with an established Isshin ryu 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.
To promote the philosophy, ideals and history of Isshin Ryu karate set forth by Soke Tatsuo Shimabuku through the traditional instruction of kata, kobudo and self-defense in order to enhance the individual and personal growth of its practitioners.
Although we may come from different backgrounds and lineage, the simple fact is we are all part of the Isshin Ryu family. We have an open door policy that admits any Isshin Ryu school that exhibits; a desire to participate in seminars or workouts; the open mindedness to share their knowledge and talents; a sincere respect for seniors, peers and fellow students.