Wednesday, August 3, 2016

UIKA Announcement

Dojo Family:

Sensei John Ingram sent this out via Facebook last week.  Sensei Mitchum's plan and legacy moves forward.  Support our efforts to improve while still maintaining Sensei Mitchum's legacy.  We look forward to seeing everyone in September.

One thing everyone found in Sensei Mitchum was his availability.  Please allow me to share my availability to any of the UIKA members. I know from experience, the entire staff is willing to answer questions and make themselves available to all. ~ Sensei Dan Holloway.

Dan Holloway,, 248-505-4698.

As most everyone is now aware, Isshinryu has suffered a major loss with the passing of our Sensei, Master Harold Mitchum. I am writing this letter to make the Isshinryu community aware that I , John Ingram as Sensei Mitchum's senior student and President of the UIKA, will carry on Sensei's legacy through the running of the UIKA. I will assume responsibilities as director and Sensei Dan Holloway who is a senior student of Sensei Mitchum, also a 9th dan, will serve as president. It is my goal to make the UIKA stronger than ever and for all of the membership to be united for the common cause. I will be taking on this endeavor with the help and guidance of first generation students Sensei John Bartusevics , Sensei Tom Lewis and Sensei KenshoTokumura. All who are part of the UIKA and have pledged their support. We also have the support of His son Sensei Jim Mitchum, and Sensei Jeff Perkins who is also the president of Tokushinryu Kobudo which was founded by Sensei Kensho Tokumura. And of course I have the support of my wife , Secretary of the UIKA Cindy Ingram.
We are very excited about the alliance between Tokushinryu and the UIKA. Our next event is to be held September 16th - 18th. 16th and 17th will be Tokushinryu under the direction of Sensei KenshoTokumura. This will be followed by Isshinryu seminars. We will cover kata and unique elbow techniques that were taught by Master Harold Mitchum . The main focus of the clinic however will be Master John Bartusevics teaching the kumite techniques taught to him by Grandmaster Tatsuo Shimabuku . On Sunday the 18th we will start with a memorial to Master Mitchum followed by a tournament utilizing AAU rules..
For information on this event go to:
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Thank you,
Sensei John Ingram,
ku Dan, Isshinryu Karate

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sensei Mitchum's Obituary

Dojo Family:

Sensei Mitchum's obituary follows. I'll be traveling to the funeral on Friday and Saturday. Sensei Brent, Mr. Mattocks, Justin, and others will be in to help for the kids class. Plan on a group workout. There is no kumite when I'm gone.
The obituary has a note for a special memorial service in November of this year. That service will be the Honor Guard at the National Cemetery in Pensacola, FL. Details to be published later, this is from his son Jim Mitchum:
Harold M. Mitchum Sr.
1933 - 2016
Harold M. Mitchum a resident of Fort Walton Beach, FL passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2016. He was born to Thomas and Annie Mitchum on December 17, 1933 in Stiefletown, SC. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, 18 June at 1:00 at Emerald Coast Funeral Home. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service. Burial services will take place at Barrancas National Cemetery and will be scheduled in November 2016 after the return of his grandson from military deployment. Harold is survived by his former wife of 28 years, Shige. He is also survived by two sons: James (Pamela) Mitchum of Valparaiso, FL; Stephen (Jackeye) Mitchum of Albany, GA; one step-daughter, Hiroko Eubank of Jupiter, FL; and one daughter-in-law, Robin Mitchum of Snellville, GA. In addition, he is survived by ten grand children: Christopher (Elizabeth), Amy (Chris), Jonathan, Tyler, Tanner, Nicholas, Jacob, Ethan, Ryan, and Tony. And, four great grand children: Ava, Anabelle, Maela, and Leah. He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Gerald and Jimmie Mitchum; one sister, Irene Mitchell; two sons, Harold Jr., and Leon Mitchum; one son-in-law, Ricky Eubank; and his love of 25 years, Glenda Osborne. A career in the U.S. Marine Corps had him deployed once to Korea, twice to Vietnam, and had him stationed in South Carolina, North Carolina, California, Georgia, and Okinawa Japan. He enjoyed physical fitness, playing the guitar, fishing, and sharing his vast knowledge of Okinawan IsshinRyu Karate. His legacy will be the unforgettable impact he made on the many lives he touched. His memory will be forever cherished by those fortunate enough to know him, and he will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to his favorite charity, the Salvation Army.
Expressions of love and sympathy may be placed and viewed online

Monday, June 13, 2016

My Sensei

Dojo Family:

On June 11, 2016 Jim Mitchum posted about the passing of Sensei Mitchum, his father.  Most of you have kept abreast of the situation through Facebook.

Sensei Mitchum suffered a massive stroke during the weekend of June 4th.  He was unable to recover and passed on June 11th.  Jim and his family were by his side.  John and Cindy Ingram got to see him.  John Bartusevics and I spoke to him on Friday as well.

I spoke to him on June 1st and he was excited to be coming to Detroit again.  He and Jim were to travel here on June 23rd, then all of us were participating with Sensei Willie Adams and the KIAI during the weekend. We had a short seminar planned for Sensei Adams, then a good weekend of fellowship.

There is not much to say at this point, I struggle for words.  He was my Sensei, I can only say I loved him.  I was blessed to have him and only wanted to serve him in whatever small capacity that I could.

As more information comes in I will share it.

Sensei Dan Holloway

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

New Okinawan Weapons Training - Tokushin Kobudo

Tokushin Kobudo

I am proud to announce the start of Tokushin Kobudo classes.  Beginning Saturday, June 4th, 2016 we begin our official classes at 8:45 am - 9:30 am.  Classes in Tokushin Kobudo are held each Saturday.  During the training session kata movement and bunkai is taught.

Weapons taught:
San setsu kon

We have a limited number of weapons for dojo use.  Weapons can be ordered through Sensei.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Tokushin Kobudo Weapons Training

Dojo Family:

We have a new association with Tokomura San and his kobudo style, Tokushin Ryu. I work with Sensei Jeff Perkins and learn new techniques and weapons methods. Sensei Perkins is the "hancho" for Tokomura here in N. America.

I met Tokomura in 2001 and found him to be honest and respectful. Through the years I found him an excellent karate and kobudo practitioner.  I learned from him on many occasions and found him to be one of the most authentic people I've met. His effort to continue the legacy of Okinawan weapons is noble and his willingness to share his understanding with others is inspirational.

We are proud to be apart of the Tomono kai and a training facility for Tokushin Ryu.

In June (TBD) the dojo starts a new weapons training class on Saturdays at 8:45 am.