IHOF National Awards


Isshinryu Hall of Fame National Awards

FSDC’s founder, Mr. Z, was inducted into the prestigious Isshinryu Hall of Fame in 2016. This is the highest honor an Isshinryu Master can receive. Mr. Z has also received national Awards in 1993, 1994, and 1997, including 2002 when he received top honors for his “Isshinryu Spirit” and 2009 when he received the Number One Isshinryu Contribution award partnered with his wife, Chris. In 2012 and 2014, Mr. Z was awarded the coveted title Top Master Sensei. In 2011, Mr. Z was chosen Male Instructor of the Year, and was awarded top five honors for Spirit of Isshinryu, which he was honored with again in 2015. Chris, co-owner of FSDC, was recognized for National Honors in 1994, and 1999, including the Number One Isshinryu Contribution award in 2003 and 2009, and was chosen Female Instructor of the Year for 2010, most recently being awarded top five honors in the same category for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. In 2014, Ms. Chris was awarded top five in the category of Top Master Sensei, and in 2017, 2018, and 2019, in the category of Sensei of Senseis. In 2018, Ms. Chris was awarded the title of Top Female Instructor in the Nation. The school itself was voted as one of the top Isshinryu Schools in the world in 1999, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, receiving a Number One ranking in 2003. The school was also chosen as the Most Outstanding Dojo for 2011 and Most Supportive Dojo in 2012 by the Isshinryu Hall of Fame.  

For 2019 the following students and Senseis were nominated for awards:

Young Female Karate Student 12 and Under: MOLLY FORSYTH First Place Award Winner-2019
Young Male Karate Student 12 and Under: REED BERMINGHAM and NOLEN KLASSA
Young Female Karate Student 13-17: KRISHNA KIRU
Adult Female Karate Student: RAE MANELA First Place Award Winner-2019
Adult Male Karate Student: JESSE BARRONS
Male Instructor: JIM BERTIN
Spirit of Isshinryu: RAE MANELA
Outstanding Contribution: ADOMAITIS FAMILY (all 6 members)
First Place Award Winners-2019
Sensei of Senseis: MS. CHRIS SZELAP
Isshinryu Dojo of the Year: FAMILY SELF DEFENSE CENTER