International Isshin~ryu Karate Association

I.I.K.A. History

In 1973, Harold Long headed a group of Isshin-ryu practitioners who traveled to Okinawa to see Master Shimabuku---knowing that it might be the last time. Mr. Long’s purpose was to…
In 1963, Master Long attended the "Systems Head Meeting" of the first World Karate Tournament in Chicago, Illinois. The purpose of the meeting was to set-up rules for all American…
Harold G. Long was born in Rockwood, Tennessee, on September 3, 1930. He was one of thirteen children born of Bessie Marie Fance Long and John Riley Long. In 1934,…
After the war was over, sometime in the late 1940’s, the US Military stationed personnel on Okinawa. Just as the Japanese had done during the war, our military sought out…
In l973, Harold Long and other leaders of Isshin-Ryu visited Master Shimabuku on Okinawa. During this visit, Mr. Long talked at length with Master Shimabuku about forming a new Isshin-Ryu…

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