Athens, Texas-August 11, 2017-John Shipes, of Athens Karate School, announced today at his Certified Instructor training camp that Grand Master Fusei Kise of Okinawa, Japan, will be returning to Texas with Kaicho Isao Kise to lead the annual OSMKKF US training camp in April 2018. The Okinawa Shorin Ryu Matsumura Orthodox Karate and Kobudo Federation has locations all over the US and around the world, with a large concentration of schools in Texas and surrounding states.
The camp will be held in Terrell, Texas and will be co-hosted by Athens Karate School and two chartered OSMKKF schools that hold classes in the historic Iris Theater building downtown – Kaizen Martial Arts and Dragonfly Karate. Dates have been set at April 20-22, 2018, and karate practitioners from all over the US and the world will converge to train under the top instructors in Ken Shin Kan karate. This will be the third camp in Terrell, with previous successful events hosted in Terrell in 2014 and 2016.
Although the focus of the event is the training of Federation instructors and students, the testing and demonstration portion of the camp will be open to the public, providing a rare opportunity to glimpse the results of decades of dedicated martial arts training. Grand Master Kise notes on his website, “My teaching techniques are based on Traditional Okinawan Martial Arts learning methods. Learning Karate and Kobudo is a step by step process, it takes time and practice. The history of our style is very important to your understanding of Kata (forms) and Kobudo (weapons).”
Grand Master (also called “Hanshi-sei”) Fusei Kise commenced his karate training in 1947 at the age of 12 under his uncle Master Makabe, then became a student of Grand Master Hohan Soken. Master Kise, who taught karate to US military members and their families in Okinawa for over half a century, founded the All Okinawa Shorinryu Kenshinkan Karate Kobudo Federation (a precursor to the OSMKKF) in 1977 and is one of the best-known karateka both in Okinawa and overseas.
Hanshi-sei’s son, Kaicho Isao Kise, has been taught by his father since the age of 3. He is in charge of the Home Dojo in Okinawa, Japan, where he dedicates himself to teaching and developing both juniors and adults. Kaicho is the President of the Federation and its Chief Instructor.
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