Ed McGrath's School of Isshinryu Karatedo & Kobudo
Traditional Okinawan Karate
New Bridge Street Jacksonville, North Carolina 1958 Don Nagle meets up with Ernie Cates and starts teaching Isshinryu.
At this location such pioneers as Rick Niemira, Don Bohan, Gary Alexander, Lewis Lizotte, Ronald Duncan & Ed McGrath all worked together to develop the skills that they would bring home to their respective communities. Our dojo Ed McGrath's School of Isshinryu was founded on September 19th.,1959 upon Don Nagle returning home from his service in the United States Marine Corps.
North Carolina Dojo
Isshinryu is a martial arts curriculum developed by Shimabuku Tatsuo Sensei on the Island of Okinawa. This curriculum was taught to our United States Marines stationed on the Island back in the 1950's. Don Nagle is our first generation American student of the founder Shimabuku Tatsuo Sensei. Nagle Sensei returned to the United States and teamed up with Professor Ernie Cates in Jacksonville North Carolina. This was the first Isshinryu dojo opened up in the United States. This dojo turned out some of the finest martial artists and pioneers. My Sensei Ed McGrath was entrusted with that dojo once Don Nagle Sensei returned home. From 1959 until now EMSOI has continued to turn out some of Isshinryu's finest students & instructors. Please visit our youtube channel and see our videos. If you need lessons or more info do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.