The Order of Isshin-Ryu: Its Next Generation is Ready to Carry on Denshi’s Legacy

  The April 2023 edition of Bugeisha Magazine features a touching tribute to our founder and Sensei Grandmaster Walter ‘Toby’ Cooling and includes another great article written by Master Dan Popp. The article describes in detail Master Cooling’s beginnings in the martial arts, his accomplishments and successes in Isshin-Ryu karate and in his personal life,

Scholarship Award for 2022

This is the first year for the Order of Isshin-Ryu Martial Arts (OIMA) scholarship program!  We are very excited to announce the following first recipient: Zackary Treloar, yon-kyu, Karate Rocks dojo Mr. Treloar is 10 years old and has been training for three years at the Karate Rocks dojo in Windsor, Ontario.  He is extremely

Denshi’s 20 – Bugeisha, January 2022

The January 2022 edition of Bugeisha magazine brings another terrific article authored by Master Toby Cooling and Sensei Dan Popp: “Denshi’s 20 – A Modern Joint-Locking Drill for Chin Na Development.” In this article, Master Cooling’s development of Denshi’s 20, a series of joint-locking techniques, is explored. “Master Cooling took Chin Na techniques to the

Bugeisha Magazine

  Bugeisha is a quarterly magazine for readers and practitioners of traditional martial arts.  In its 10th edition, September 2021, an article authored by Master Toby Cooling and Sensei Dan Popp is included:  “Order of Isshin-Ryu – A Martial Arts Family Celebrating its Golden Anniversary.” The article describes our roots and history, our family values,

2021 WUIKA Gasshuku

The World United Isshinryu Karate Association (WUIKA) held its 2021 Gasshuku this past weekend in Lutz, Florida.  Master Tom Lewis and Master John Bartusevics were guests of honor at the event.  Both of these accomplished martial artists are first generation students of Grandmaster Tatsuo Shimabuku (Soke Shimabuku) and 9th dan (kudan) officers of WUIKA.   

Road to Recovery

In the last few weeks, we have begun to see things starting to return to normal around us after a long battle with COVID-19.  With relaxed restrictions, in-person tournaments have finally begun to re-emerge.  The Order of Isshin-Ryu Martial Arts (OIMA) recently participated in two open tournaments in the region. On May 22nd, representatives of

Winter Virtual Shiai, 2021

  As COVID-19 restrictions continue to restrict travel and gatherings, the Order of Isshin-Ryu (OI) held its first Shiai of 2021 virtually on February 13, 2021.  This year is very special as it marks the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the OI, which was founded on January 15, 1971.  We had a great turnout