British Ishinryu Karate

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The style devised and led by sensei Ticky Donovan 10th Dan OBE.

Established for 50 years, our association runs a number of clubs around East London and Essex.

Ishinryu Dojos can also be found in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.

Gerry Parkes and Peter Bowler

We sadly lost Gerry Parkes and Peter Bowler this past 12 months.  Both trained and taught at our Jersey Dojo and are a sad loss to our association.  May you both rest in peace.

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Everyone training in an Ishinryu Dojo MUST have an active licence.  Your licence must be renewed every year.
  • Your licence includes your membership to the EKF – our governing body.
  • Your licence includes 3rd party insurance. If you are unlicensed you are uninsured to train and you put yourself, other students, and your instructors and club at risk.
Not everyone has been able to train during the lockdown. If you took a training break (as confirmed by your club instructor) your licence will restart from the month you resumed.
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New students must register before buying a licence.
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If you are new to Ishinryu we need some brief details about you.

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Only club instructors can see your contact details.

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Club instructors may wish to login to check the licence status of their students.  You can also see student contact details.

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2023 Event Timetable

  • Spring Pre-Grading Course – Saturday, 25th February
  • Spring General Grading – Saturday, 11th March
  • Summer Course – Saturday/Sunday 24th/25th June
  • One Day Course – Saturday, 21st October
  • Winter Pre-Grading Course – Saturday, 18th November
  • Winter General Grading – Saturday, 2nd December
  • Christmas party – Saturday 2nd December

The Summer Course will be held at William Edwards School in Grays.  All other events will be held at the Cranham Dojo.

Regular Ishinryu Events

Each year Ishinryu clubs get the opportunity to train together at Ishinryu wide courses and events. Other karate styles are also welcome to attend.  The UK annual timetable runs as follows:

  • February or March – One day Pre-grading course for 5th Kyu and above
  • June – The Open Summer Course runs over a weekend and has been presented every year since the mid seventies (except for Covid lockdowns in 2020 and 2021).
  • October – One Day course.  All grades welcome for a day of intensive training
  • November – One day Pre-grading course for 5th Kyu and above

General gradings are held in March, June, and December of each year.  You must attend the entire Summer Course to grade in June

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Ishinryu News

About Ishinryu Karate

Ishinryu blends a number of karate styles including Kyokushinkai, Wado-ryu and Shotokan.

About Ticky Donovan OBE

Ishinryu was founded in 1973 by Ticky Donovan OBE (10th Dan) who continues to head the style today.

2023 Summer Course

The Open Summer Course

2023 celebrates 50 years of Ishinryu, with the Summer Course featuring almost every year (Covid permitting).  The Ishinryu Open Summer Course is a firm fixture on the UK karate calendar.