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About Holloway's Isshin-Ryu Karate School

and What We Do

About Us

Holloway’s Isshin Ryu Karate School has been serving the community since 1981 and is committed to excellence in karate. Our school is dedicated to teaching traditional Isshin-ryu karate as passed down from its founder, Shimabuku Tatsuo.

Daniel Holloway has been studying Isshin-ryu karate since 1968. He currently holds the rank of 9th dan, and is the President of the World United Isshin Ryu Karate Association. Sensei Holloway was also inducted into the Isshin-Ryu Hall of Fame in 2008 and the AMAA Legion Hall of Honor in 2020. He started his training under Sensei Norbert Donnelly, and has studied with two of Shimabuku’s first-generation students: the late Sherman Harrill and Harold Mitchum. Sensei Mitchum was Master Shimabuku’s number one American student, and spent more time with Master Shimabuku as a Hachi Dan than any other American.

What We Do

All of the classes are designed to build character and harmony, striving for a good balance of the emotional, physical, and metal aspects of one’s life.  We take people where they are in life and of any ability, building confidence, self-esteem, and leadership qualities.  When a person is able to help themselves they can help others as well.

Our goal is to shape and build balance over time.  It is not necessary to get into shape, we will help with that: nor is it necessary to accomplish everything at once (all in due time).  We expect effort on your part, we will provide the rest.

Our classes are structured for calisthenics, basic review, self-defense, and free fighting.  We use cross training methods and forms to develop your fighting and self defense ability.

If you're interested in checking out our classes before you sign up, you're welcome to observe. You can even try one week for free.

Holloway’s Isshin-Ryu Karate School offers classes for ages five and up. We emphasize traditional instruction in Isshin-Ryu basic exercises, kata (forms), bunkai (applications of kata to self-defense) and sparring. Kids are taught tumbling as well.