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Everyone training in an Ishinryu Dojo MUST have an active licence.
  • 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 now.

Ishinryu Dojo training – May 2021 update

Ishinryu Dojo training resumed in the UK from May 17.  This is in line with EKF permission and Government guidelines.  For more detail please see the EKF update at 

Covid remains a risk, and we must continue to operate a health check for all students and instructors on arrival at the Dojo.  You will be required to book your attendance and you will need to sign-in at the Dojo for track and trace.  Social distancing will apply within the Dojo and all training will remain non-contact.  The guidelines are pretty much as they were during opening in September and October 2020.  If in any doubt, please refer to your club instructor or the guidelines published by the EKF.

The following clubs have already opened.

  • Monday 17 May – Woodlane
  • Tuesday 18 May – Rayleigh
  • Saturday 22nd May – Cranham
  • Tuesday 25th May – The Hombu

Some clubs may continue to run some on-line training using Zoom (for example).  Please see individual club websites and their Facebook groups for details, or contact your instructor.

If you have any specific Covid related questions please contact our Ishinryu Covid Officer, Sensei Alan Poole.  Alan is our single point of EKF contact on all Covid issues going forward.  You can reach Alan at at

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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 guidelines in regard to holding events.

2021 Event Timetable

We hope to hold events in 2021 including a One Day course and Pre-grading courses.  The Summer Course will not be held in 2021.

We will delay the scheduling of any events until we are confident that we can hold them.  This depends on lock-down and prevailing Government and EKF rules.

Please watch this site and the related Facebook groups for updates.

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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
  • 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

Sensei Alan Poole receives 5th Dan award from Sensei Lee Smith

Alan Poole – 5th Dan

Sensei Alan Poole received his 5th Dan from Sensei Lee Smith (6th Dan) at the Hombu on November 3rd - the last lesson there 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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Ticky Donovan foreward to David Croft Book

Food for thought is described as a combination of life, karate, cooking and disability.  The forward of the book was contributed by sensei Ticky Donovan OBE.Available from Amazon for just £3.99   When 21-year-old David went for a dive while working on the island of Bermuda, ...
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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 (9th 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.