TO: ISSHIN-RYU SENSEI AND STUDENTS
RE: ONE YEAR UNTIL THE 2015 I.W.K.A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Thursday, August 6th, Friday, August 7th and Saturday, August 8th, 2015 at the Westin Princeton @ Forrestal Village – Princeton, NJ.

It is hard to believe that there is just one year to finalize plans for the 2015 I.W.K.A World Championship Even, WHICH IS OPEN TO ALL ISSHIN-RYU SENSEI AND STUDENTS.  Registrations and Sponsorships are coming in daily. Remember the sooner a person registers, the later the person competes in Kata. The most reasonable price cut-off date is December 5, 2014. Register by then and SAVE.

Things that you may be able to do to assist planning:

• If you or a friend would like to help sponsor the event, forms are attached – Forms must be received no later than June 25, 2015. Sponsor early and receive notice on the tournament web site.

• If you or a friend has a favorite recipe or two, As a fundraiser we are going to create a cookbook with favorite recipes of family, friends and Isshin-ryu Karate Practitioners. (“KICKIN’ CUSINE”) If you would like your favorite recipe included, please e.mail it to me by Friday, November 28, 2014. The cost of the book will be $10.00. You may pre-order also by email to make sure you receive one.

• Pass along information or share my contact information with other Isshin-ryu Karate Sensei and students. Email – verticlefist9@gmail.com – – Web Site – isshin-ryu.com

• Rooms at the extremely reduced rate are guaranteed until July 6, 2015. Call 888-625-4988 and tell the registration personnel that you are a part of the I.W.K.A. Championship Event or visit https://starwoodmeeting.com/Book/iwkaworldchampionship

Please Remember – all registrations must be completed and postmarked on or before the deadline – June 26, 2015. After that date students may not be able to register.

It is the chief instructor of each school’s responsibility to make sure that all Black Belts and students know and understand the 2015 I.W.K.A. rules and regulations.

Senseis: If you would like your school to be a part of the Thursday evening “Group Kata Demonstration” starting at 7:45 P.M. – please email me at verticlefist9@gmail.com by Friday, February 27, 2015. A dojo’s singular demonstration may last no longer than five (5) minutes.

2015 I.W.K.A. – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Thursday: August 6, 2015

1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. – – Area to pick up pre-registration materials – Forrestal Foyer
6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. – – Self Defense and Naihanchi Kata Seminar in the Forrestal Ballroom – with Master Duessel, 10th Dan, assisted by Master Wallace, 9th Dan, Hanshi=s most senior student.
7:45 P.M. – 8:15 P.M. – Isshin-ryu Dojo Group Kata Demonstrations.
8:30 P.M. – ? Meeting of Black Belts with Master Shimabuku and Master Duessel
Review judging criteria and sign up to judge Friday and Saturday
Talk about things for the good of Isshin-ryu Karate
Things that are good for our dojo growth
Talk with people you know and meet people you don=t know . . . Forrestal Room

Gathering for kyu ranks – by pool – – Black belts will join this gathering after their meeting.

Friday: August 7, 2015
6:30 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. – – Breakfast buffet in the Restaurant and overflow seating in the Nassau Room
9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. – Vendors in Forrestal Foyer
10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. – Area to pick up pre-registration materials and preliminary signups for Black Belt Judges- Forrestal Foyer
9:00 A.M. – 10:30 P.M. – Open KATA training time in Forrestal Ballroom and/or Seminars with notable Black Belts
11:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. – Brown Belt and Black Belt Seminar with Master Shimabuku in Forrestal Ballroom
12:45 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. – All ranks Seminar with Master Shimabuku in Forrestal Ballroom
3:00 P.M. – Tournament begins in Forrestal Ballroom – National Anthem
Masters – 6th Dan and Above, Male and Female (Kata, Weapons & Kumite)
Black Belts (18 – 29) and (30 – 45) 3rd Degree through 5th Degree (Kata, Weapons & Kumite)
Kyu ranks weapons – 12 years of age and older (as listed in the registration form)

Light foods and drinks will be available

Saturday – August 8, 2015

6:30 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. – – Breakfast buffet in the Restaurant and overflow seating in the Nassau Room – – Ample staff will be on hand to help you make it to the tournament on time – – but arrive in a timely manner to help them help us.
8:15 A. M. – 8:45 A.M. – – Black Belt rules meeting Nassau Meeting Room
8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. – – Vendors in Forrestal Foyer
9:00 A.M. Formal introductions – Presentation of the Colors – National Anthem – Tournament Begins and culminates with Grand Championship Black Belt Competitions – Forrestal – Light foods and drinks will be available
6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. – Dinner in Forrestal Ballroom – with a cash bar
8:00 +/- P.M. – Gathering in Pool area and then Forrestal Room after dinner cleanup
8:00 P.M. – Midnight. – – Post Party in Forrestal Room & Pool area – Disc Jockey
A cash bar will be available at this event

IF YOU ARE AN IWKA SENSEI OF A DOJO, OR AN IWKA REGISTERED 5th DAN OR ABOVE, AND WOULD LIKE TO BE A PART OF THE BANQUET’S VISION QUEST – – PLEASE SEND OR E-MAIL THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO ME – & INCLUDE A PICTURE OR DIGITAL IMAGE OF YOUR DOJO OR A TRAINING SESSION. (There is a link for this information on our web page as well).

NAME ___________________________
IWKA RANK _________________________

IWKA # __________________________
DOJO ______________________________

ADDRESS & PHONE ____________________________________________________

YOUR HOPE OR VISION FOR ISSHIN-RYU KARATE WITHIN THE NEXT 10 YEARS

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Please complete this form and return it or email it no later than Saturday, June 6, 2015 – – OR TODAY

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