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.
|Charleston Joint Base Kumite Seminar|
On Saturday the 20th of April, the main Charleston Isshinryu Dojo hosted a kumite seminar, conducted by Grand Master Mitch Kobylanski, Ku Dan (9th degree black belt). The seminar was conducted at the Joint Base Charleston Gym in North Charleston, SC. Quarterly workouts and seminars are normally hosted at the main dojo in Charlotte, NC. This is the first seminar in the Charleston area, and the event had an outstanding turnout! About twenty students came to participate in the event. We started at 900 and continued until 1130.
Before the seminar began, Sensei Justin Andre was presented his San Dan (instructor certificate) by Master Tim Boykin. The first half of the seminar focused on hand techniques and entry skills. Sensei Kobylanski explained how to derive power and speed through economy of motion. The concepts presented were meant to have a wide application and appeal to all skill levels and body types. The second half of the seminar tied in kicking drills and combinations building off of the previously mentioned concepts.
After the seminar, several participants hosted lunch and socialized together at Steel City Pizza. There was much positive feedback from the participants about the event. Everyone had a great time and no one got hurt. The Charleston dojo deeply appreciates Sensei Kobylanski's visit and we all look forward to future workouts!
The next seminar will be conducted in North Carolina in support of Burlington, High Point, and Lexington Dojos in early May.