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.
Carolina Isshinryu Academy - Apex
The Karate Dojo
Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 - 8:30 PM.
Sensei Jason Huntley (4th Dan)
Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began: 1995 in Monroe, North Carolina with Sensei Tim Grismer.
Date received Sho-Dan in Isshinryu karate: July 15, 1998.
Date received present rank: Yo-Dan on Feb 16, 2007.
Organizational support: Member of the AOKA since November 1997. Senior Instructor of the Carolina Isshinryu Academy-Cary. AOKA webmaster.
Awards (Martial Arts): AOKA Outstanding Black Belt of the year - 2002. AOKA Spirit of Isshinryu - 2003.
Profession: Computer Programmer.
Education: B.S. Computer Science with concentration in Electrical Engineering from UNC-Charlotte (2000).
Master Dean Scott (6th Dan)
Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began: 1991 in Toms River, NJ with Shihan Don Nash/ Master Byron Marriner/ Sensei Ray Raccuglia.
Date received Sho-Dan in Isshinryu karate: December 13, 1992.
Date received present rank: Roku-Dan on December 7, 2013.
Organizational support: Member of the AOKA since November 2006. Instructor of the Carolina Isshinryu Academy-Cary.
Profession: Engineering Manager.
B.S. Computer Information Systems from NC Wesleyan (2004).
M.S. Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering from NC State University (2007).
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