IWKA – Isshin-Ryu World Karate Association
Founder of Isshin-Ryu: Tatsuo Shimabuku
Cape Fear Isshin-Ryu as a dojo has chosen to join with the Isshin-Ryu World Karate Association (IWKA). We are aligned under Master Dale Marzano who is an 8th degree black belt in the IWKA. The IWKA is headed up by Kichiro Shimabuku, who is the eldest son of the founder of our style, Tatsuo Shimabuku.
Our students will need to become members of the IWKA. A lifetime membership costs $35.00. As students advance to green belt, they will be required to join the organization. If a student wants to join before green belt, they can do so at any time. If a student is already a green belt, but not a member, then they will be required to join at their next promotion. All members receive a membership certificate signed by Kichiro Shimabuku. If you have any questions about our new association, we will be happy to answer them, just stop by and talk to Sensei Brent or Sensei Byron.