All Ishinryu Dojo training halted for the November lock-down

By now everyone will know about the UK lockdown starting from Thursday, 5th November.  The EKF have made it clear that all Karate classes, both indoor and outdoor, must stop.

 To see the full statement from EKF President Steve Coupland please go to their website at

 As before, Ishinryu clubs will provide opportunities for on-line, virtual lessons. Please check here, and on the Ishinryu club sites, for updates and news.

We look forward to seeing you all back in the Dojo for December, as soon as EKF rules allow.

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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.

The 2020 Summer Course is cancelled

Having monitored things carefully over recent weeks we have decided to cancel the 2020 Summer Course. We do this with the safety and well-being of our students as our primary concern.
We cancel now, with a full two months to go, to dispel any uncertainty and to give everyone time to make other plans.
General gradings, as held on the Summer Course, are also cancelled.
As soon as the time comes when we can train safely together again there will be announcements in regard to new Courses and General Gradings. Please continue to monitor our Facebook Groups and for news updates.

2020 Event Timetable

Spring Pre-Grading CourseSunday 22nd March Cancelled

Spring General GradingSunday 5th April Cancelled

Summer CourseWeekend of 20th / 21st June Cancelled

Autumn One-Day CourseSunday 25th October  Cancelled

Autumn Pre-Grade CourseSunday 15th November Cancelled

December General Grading Sunday 6th December Cancelled

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

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