British Ishinryu Karate

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The style devised and led by sensei Ticky Donovan OBE (10th DAN).

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

Ishinryu Dojo Training (and Covid)

Ishinryu Dojo training has now resumed in line with EKF permission and Government guidelines.

If you have any specific Covid related questions please contact our Ishinryu Covid Officer, Sensei Alan Poole,

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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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If you are new to Ishinryu we need some brief details about you.

These details will be shared with our governing body (the EKF) but with no one else.

Only club instructors can see your contact details.

By registering, you give Ishinryu permission to hold your details here.

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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.

This information is restricted to Club Instructors only – hence the need to login.

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All students may also login as above.  Students are able to check and update their own details.

Upcoming Ishinryu Events

Please check here, and on our Facebook groups, for the status of events later this year.  Ishinryu will continue to follow Government and EKF Covid guidelines in regard to holding events.

2022 Event Timetable

We expect to run a full set of events in 2022. Here are the dates we are planning towards:

• Spring Pre-Grading Course (Saturday 12th March)
• Spring General Grading (Saturday 26th March)
• Summer Course (Weekend of June 25 and June 26)
• One Day Course (Saturday 22nd October)
• Winter Pre-Grading Course (Saturday 19th November)
• Winter General Grading (Saturday 3rd December)

It’s early days and these dates could change. We plan to hold all the one day events at Cranham.

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

Ishinryu Voices - A History of Ishinryu

Ishinryu Voices – A History of Ishinryu

WhatsApp and Facebook provide a fast and convenient way for the Ishinryu community to talk outside the Dojo.  This website can never compete with that immediacy.  This got me thinking about making the best use of this site o add value for our members..  This ...
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Lee Smith receives first ALL OF ONE HEART award

Lee Smith receives first ALL OF ONE HEART award

Sensei Lee Smith (6th Dan) became the first recipient of the new HENRY RICE - ALL OF ONE HEART award on December 4th 2021, This new award has been created to recognise outstanding Achievement and Excellence in Ishinryu.  This award will be presented each year ...
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Alan Poole (5th Dan) with Lee Smith (6th Dan)

Alan Poole – 5th Dan

Sensei Alan Poole received his 5th Dan from Sensei Lee Smith (6th Dan) at the Hombu on November 3rd 2021 - the last lesson before the November lock-down. Sensei Lee presented the award on behalf of Sensei Ticky Donovan OBE (10th Dan) Congratulations Sensei Alan ...
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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 run the style today.

The Open Summer Course

Celebrating over 40 years the Ishinryu summer course is a firm fixture on the UK karate calendar.

Archive Photo Gallery

Images from Ishinryu – past and present.