Small History Intro
Isshinryu Karate San Marino
official started in 1977 by Sensei Elio Gasperoni, with official approval
from Sensei Sam Santilli, Sensei Bob White and Sensei Willy Adams.
Adams, teacher of Santilli and White, is a student of Sensei Steve
Steve Armstrong, first generation student of Sensei Tatsuo
Shimabukuro, founder of Isshinryu karate, gave his approval.
During the following years several exchanges were made with Sensei Arnold
Sandubrae, who is also from the USA.
October 20-22, 2006
Sensei Fred van de Vijver
from The Netherlands, who is a second generation Isshinryu karateka under
Sensei Steve Armstrong was invited to teach and train old style Isshinryu in
the Republic of San Marino.
Some words from Sensei Fred van de Vijver
Sensei Christian Tomasini invited
me on behalf
of the Isshinryu Karate organization San Marino to give a seminar in the old
style Isshinryu Karate, like practiced in The Netherlands.
I received a very warm welcome by the San Marino sensei and also the President of
the Parliamentary Delegation of the Republic San Marino, Mister Gian Marco
Marcucci. Mr. Marcucci is also the president of the Federazione Sammarinese
Arti Marziali. He is responsible for promoting karate all over the world and
especially karate to become an olympic sport.
Through the internet they read that I am second generation in Isshinryu and
that way closer to its original source. So it was decided to invite me to
teach and train, and off course I accepted.
In San Marino Isshinryu Karate is practiced different than we do. Although
Isshinryu is practiced since 1977, it is hard to develop it to an higher
level, despite of the fact that there were some good contacts with the USA.
They asked me to accept them in our Koden Isshinryu
Karate Kobudo Kenkyu Kai and
decided to follow our way of classical and orthodox
Isshinryu karate, as practiced in The Netherlands.
I am happy to have made new friends in San Marino and look forward to
further our training in The Netherlands soon.
Fred van de Vijver
7th Dan Isshinryu