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Quick Overview of Isshinryu Karate
Isshinryu karate was developed by Tatsuo Shimabuku in 1954. He studied both Goju-Ryu and Shorin-Ryu systems and developed Isshinryu karate by combining the two systems. The most distinguishing characteristic of Isshinryu karate is the vertical fist. Master Shimabuku developed the vertical fist technique based on the basic laws of physics where Power=Speed x Mass. The vertical fist punch can be thrown faster and stronger than punches from other styles. The vertical punch also is ergonomically easier on the body by reducing stress on the wrist and elbow. The forearm can also be used in different techniques and vertical punches expose the more muscular parts of the forearm which reduces injury to the practitioner.

Isshinryu karate literally means "One Heart Way." Its main goal is to perfect oneself through physical and mental development. Isshinryu techniques are designed to be thrown in close-up situations. Techniques are thrown in more natural stances and also utilize a snap style which is believed to be faster and stronger than other styles.

About Sensei Jennifer J. Kesil
Sensei Jenn Kesil has been training in the martial arts for over 25 years. She started at the age of 9 at J.H. Kim Karate Institute in Wall, NJ under the tutelage of Shihan J.H. Kim, a 10th degree black belt. Shihan Kim dedicated his life to the teachings and training in the martial arts and was even the Head Coach of the U.S. Women's Karate Team in the early 1980's. Given his extensive background in tournaments and competition, Shihan inspired all of his students to compete.

Sensei Jenn started to compete at the age of 10 in local tournaments. She was able to achieve much success at this level and went onto compete in larger tournaments at the state, regional, and national level where she became state, regional, national, and Junior Olympic champion as a teenager. Sensei Jenn achieved the status of All-American in 1990-1991. After completing her college and post graduate education, she continued to compete as an adult. She again competed at the state, regional, and national levels, and even competed at the U.S. Open in Las Vegas in 2002. In 2004, she placed third in kumite (fighting) at the AAU National Championships in North Carolina and was invited to try out for the AAU U.S. Team. Sensei Jenn has also travelled all around the country training with the best karate athletes in the world in order to improve her skill and enhance her students' skills.

Sensei Jenn is an athletic trainer and has been employed as a physician assistant since 2002. Given this extensive medical background, she remains up to date on the most current concepts of training and exercise. She takes into consideration each student's medical needs and learning style and attempts to adapt to each student's needs as much as possible.

Sensei Jenn opened Ronin Dojo in 2009. Her vision is to continue to teach and produce quality martial artists while inspiring and motivating children to mature into responsible young adults. Ronin Dojo is focused on quality techniques over quantity. Instructors also teach the concepts behind the techniques as well as the philosophy of the martial arts. We teach that not fighting is the best defense possible.

Upcoming events
NJ State AAU Karate Tournament Sunday, April 14, 2013 College of St. Elizabeth Morristown, NJ 2013 AAU National Karate Championships June 26 - June30 Duke Energy Center Cincinnati, OH 2013 AAU Junior Olympics August 2-August 4 Cobo Center in Detroit, MI

Birthday Parties
Have your child's birthday party hosted at Ronin Dojo. Please contact Sensei Jenn for details.

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