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Rebuttal to David Chambers’ article about Tatsuo Shimabuku & Isshin-ryu Training

The article below by Andy Sloane, 5th Dan, Isshin-ryu karate, is a wel-written article refuting ideas related by Mr. Chambers, which go against facts and ideas related by years of testimony of credible first generation students of Tatuo Shimabuku.  The reason for Chamber’s article may be numerous, from political, to misrepresentation of known facts, to […]

William H. Duessel


A Bio of Master Tatsuo Shimabuku

Tatsuo Shimabukuro, originally named Shinkichi, was born on September 19, 1908, in Kyan Village, Okinawa. He later changed his name to Tatsuo, meaning “Dragon Man.” At the age of 12, he began training with his uncle, Kamasu Chan, in Shuri-Te. He initially began Karate training in the hopes that he would be able to fend […]

Hanshi William H. Duessel

Master William H. Duessel, 9th Degree Black Belt, has been training in the martial arts for more than 40 years. In 1964 his training in Isshin-ryu Karate was heightened when he trained daily for three months with O’Sensei Tatsuo Shimabuku, when he visited Pittsburgh, PA. His understanding and knowledge of the art is second to […]