Saturday 16 February 2019
Ishinryu Karate - Founded 1973

Ishinryu Karate (meaning “All of One Heart”) finds its roots in a small sub-urban town of Dagenham on the outskirts of London. It was there that, David “Ticky” Donovan, 8th Dan OBE, started his first club, combining his acquired knowledge from Kyokushinkai, Wado-ryu and Shotokan. Taught by Japanese masters of different styles, Ticky soon progressed through the ranks to achieve the coveted grade Sho-dan (black belt). An accomplished competitor he soon became a regular member of the English national squad, winning the British Championships in 1973/74/75.
Sensei Ticky Donavon OBE - Founder of Ishinryu
Sensei Ticky Donavon OBE - Founder of Ishinryu

After a very successful fighting career he soon became the English and British national coach. He took Britain to the pinnacle of world karate as Britain won the world championships five times in succession:- Taipei 1982; Holland 1984; Australia 1986; Cairo 1988 and Mexico 1990.

Due to these accomplishments, in 1991 Ticky was awarded the OBE.

Ishinryu has dominated the British and English championships since the early eighties both in Kumite (fighting) and Kata (pre-arranged moves to imaginary attack and defence), producing many male and female, British, English, European and World champions.

These same successful students have now spread out to open their own clubs in the same name. The style has now spread as far a field as Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Ishinryu Karate Association is affiliated to the English Karate Governing Body (EKGB). The (EKGB) is the only governing body for Karate recognised in England by Sport England.

The word “Karate” means empty hand and is a form of martial art. Karate is widely practiced the entire world by a wide variety of people of all shapes, size, age, sex and ability. In Britain alone, well over 150,000 people practice karate and this figure grows daily.

Often in the media Karate is portrayed as a destructive activity and dangerous activity; no doubt it has that potential. Usually as part of a public display, a karate expert will sometimes break a plank of wood or smash a pile of roofing tiles with a vicious hand strike or kick; this has given the general public the wrong impression of the essence of karate. Anyone can learn to perform such tricks with a little practice and some faith. Karate is by far much more sophisticated, it requires detailed knowledge, it demands long and patient practice to develop accuracy and speed of attack, and it calls for high moral and spiritual development.

Karate is not only an effective form of self-defence but is also an exciting combat sport. However, becoming skilful at Karate requires two things, dedication from the student and effective coaching.

A basic and very essential part of Karate training is that the Karate-ka must never attack first mentally or physically. To understand this years of hard and correct training are needed. As the Karate-ka matures with grade, so also will his/her good manners and etiquette, outwardly and even more importantly, inwardly.

Correct etiquette is essential in the Dojo. Karate begins and ends with respect.