March, 2010: Announcements

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Joseph Marotta, Natalie Montone and Kristyn Wheeler for giving of their time Sunday, February 21st to help present a demonstration to the Blue and Gold Award Ceremony held at Mountain Lake Fire House.  The chance to demonstrate the good that is done through our dojo, which may help it grow, is appreciated.

Sensei Doug King’s sparring tournament is Sunday, March 14, 2010 at Newton H.S.

Our 25th Benefit Karate Tournament is Sunday, April 25th   at Hackettstown High School.  Plan to help or compete.

Congratulations Tournament Winners

Congratulations to the Isshin-ryu School of Karate place winners at the Golden Rule tournament, 2/14/2010 at Warren Hills Regional High School, Washington, NJ.
ISK Competitors

  • Taryn Faccenda
  • Nicholas Curcio
  • Riley Kamm
  • Jake Brader

February, 2010: Seminar and Tournament Announcements

HANSHI’S AFFILIATION SEMINAR – hosted by the Carmona’s this year in Mt Arlington – – Thursday, June 24, Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26 for adult Brown and Black Belts in his Affiliation.


The date for the 2011 IWKA Isshinryu World Karate Championships is Saturday June 25, 2011.  Seminars will be conducted the 23rd and 24th.

At the request of O’Sensei Kichiro Shimabuku the 2011 tournament will be held in Indianapolis Indiana and honor the late Sensei John C. Lennox.
The tournament information website is this site links through our homepage at

FRIDAY PURPLE, BROWN AND BLACK BELT TRAINING DATES:  FEBRUARY 19, MARCH 19, APRIL 16, MAY 21 – – Check you calendars and plan to attend   The cost is only $5.00.  Let Kyoshi know if you will be attending.


People who joined the AOKA, Inc. Organization prior to November your renewals are due as per the following.

Membership will end on March 31, 2010. We have 19 Dojo members that will also have to renew. If you are one of them please send in your donation ($10.00).   The way we would like for you to do it, is to have them to fill out a piece of paper with your/their name and membership number and mail it with their renewal donation to the following address.  American Isshinryu Inc. C/O Tom Lloyd 518 Red Crest Lane Rancher Branchburg, NJ 08876

Any student may join this organization.  Its intention is to help unify Isshin-ryu Karate regardless of the organization with which the sensei or dojo is affiliated.

The AOKA, Inc 2nd “Day With The Master’s Seminar” is scheduled for Saturday, March 20th   or 27th (adults only).   This is a series of seminars conducted by Masters of Isshin-ryu Karate.  The first series of seminars lasted about 5 hours and was reasonably priced.  The information related was extremely beneficial.  More information will follow.

Let Kyoshi know when you renew or if you wish to join.

Read this month’s article, THOUGHT, SUCCESS, & REALITY.

Congratulations to the students who have earned promotions since our last newsletter.    Junior Yellow Belt – Amal & Anas Gondal, Zach DeStefano, Taryn Faccenda    Brown Belt #3 –  Kristyn Wheeler, Katherine Waldman, Trevor Silva   Brown Belt #2 – Joseph Reinbold

The first karate tournament of the year is at Warren Hills High School – – Sunday, February 14th.  I hope many of you will be able to attend.  I have pre-registration forms.
Sensei Doug King’s sparring tournament is Sunday, March 14, 2010 at Newton H.S.
Please check our dojo website for updates.  Mr. Masur does a great job keeping it updated and looking so GOOD.  There are many informational sites, our monthly newsletter (which will help us save trees) and the calendar of classes and events.  Share this with friends and family members (who probably are in your friend category anyway)

Seminars with Hanshi Duessel

Seminar with Hanshi Duessel

Hanshi William H. Duessel visited the Isshin-ryu School of Karate this weekend. He joined us for classes and conducted seminars on Friday and Saturday.

Friday’s seminar focused on self-defense techniques, releases, and arm/wrist locks. Hanshi stressed the importance of using “the technique and not strength” to make it work.

Saturday morning, Hanshi joined us for classes at the Panther Valley dojo, and worked kata and combination drills from seisan, seiuchin, wansu, kusanku and sunsu.

Saturday afternoon we went back tot he Hackettstown dojo for a seminar that covered some of the basics and one-step drills. We finished by working several of the multiple attacker drills that were taught to Hanshi by Tatsuo Shmabuku when he trained in Pittsburgh in 1964.
We had a great time, as always, learning from and spending time with Hanshi.

IWKA 2009 World Championship Tournament

Jeff Matusewicz, Adam Masur, Joe Marotta, Natalie Montone, Frank Henderson, Lee Gugler, Tony Curcuruto and I attended the 2009 IWKA Karate Championships and Seminars June 18th to June 20th in Pittsburgh, PA. There were about 300 competitors at the Downtown Hilton site. Adam Masur, 5th Degree Black Belt, won 2nd place in Weapons and 3rd place in Kata. Natalie Montone, 2nd Degree Black Belt, won 2nd place in Sparring. Lee Gugler, Brown Belt, won 3rd place in Kata. Each of the people assisted in preparing the site for the events, attended seminars with Master Duessel and Master Wallace and created many memories that they may share with you if you ask.

The official results are in. Download a PDF of all the winners.

Seminar with Master Brian Fitzgerald


Master Brian Fitzgerald conducted a seminar at the main dojo on Sunday, May 24, 2009. Master Fitzgerald, currently the Police Chief for Branchburg Township, began training in Isshinryu in 1970 with Frank Brita a second-generation student of Nagle. In 1974 he began training with Master Nagle at the Central Ave. dojo. Sensei Brita and Master Ungie Uezu signed his Ni Dan Certificate. His Third Dan through Eighth Dan certificates were awarded by Master Nagle and most recently his Ninth Dan was awarded by Hanshi Ed McGrath .

Master Fitzgerald covered many topics in the two hour seminar, including:

  • Master Nagle’s approach to fighting and matching
  • Master Nagle’s unique way of kicking
  • How and why Master Nagle used his guard and hands
  • The advantage to angles in fighting
  • Nagle’s original 11 upper body basics and 5 kicks
  • How Master Nagle developed hand speed
  • General questions from the group regarding my experience and training with him

23rd Annual Invitational Benefit Tournament Results

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Our annual benefit tournament was held on Sunday, April 26, 2009 at Hackettstown High School. More than 180 competitors had a great time, and helped raise money to benefit the American Diabetes Tour de Cure, American Cancer Society and The Mountain Lake Fire Department in Memory of Lee Mills.

A few hundred competitors performed kata and weapons kata, and tested their skills in kumite. You can download the results to see all the winners.

See you next year.

Hanshi Duessel’s Seminar

0903-hanshiduesselseminarHanshi Duessel’s Seminar – In March, 2009, we attended Hanshi William H. Duessel’s annual spring seminar in Pittsburgh, NJ. Hanshi’s seminar covered breathing, the step-slide and reminded us all of the importance of a strong foundation in our basics. After the seminar, everyone was invited back to the dojo for some food and camaraderie.

It’s always great to see so many people from different schools working hard to perfect their training. Hanshi’s seminars are always informative and inspirational. If you have a chance to go to one, go. Check out Hanshi Duessel’s web site.

Training in Okinawa

From June 19th – 29th, 10 people from the Isshin-ryu School of Karate went to Okinawa to train with Master Kichiro Shimabuku, learn about Okinawa and spend a few days in Tokyo. We all had a great time. Master Shimabuku was very gracious, welcomed us to his Dojo, and we had the opportunity to train with him several times during our trip. We’re already thinking about going back in 2 years.

Karate Camp and Black Belt Testing

On July 25th and 26th, we spent a few days at Kyoshi’s house training in the woods (and in the field, and in the river, and up the hill, and down the hill, and up the hill…). There was good training, good friends, good food, good fun, and quite a few promotions.