In March of 2009 on Okinawa, Tokumura Kensho Sensei founded the idea of the Isshinryu Tomo No Kai (Isshinryu Friendship Association).
Tokumura Sensei, 9th Dan, a respected Goju Ryu and Kobudo teacher on Okinawa, had studied Isshinryu Karatedo for 30 years with the bulk of his Isshinryu training under it's founder Shimabuku Tatsuo Sensei. Tokumura Sensei felt the need to support Isshinryu Karatedo and have a venue for his Tokushin Kobudo. Thus, he started the Isshinryu Tomo No Kai.
To build a strong foundation, Tokumura Sensei asked several of his dojomates from the old Agena, Okinawa Isshinryu Headquarters of Shimabuku Tatsuo Sensei to assist him as Advisors for the new Association. They are: Sensei Harold Mitchum, 10th Dan - Sensei Tom Lewis, 9th Dan - Sensei John Bartusevics, 9th Dan & Sensei Jake Eckenrode, 6th Dan. Never since the origins of the American Okinawan Karate Association in the early 1960's on Okinawa has an Isshinryu Association been supported by such a knowedgeable and historical Advisory Board.
The Isshinryu Tomo No Kai is already receiving world wide support. Connect your Isshinryu Karate and RyuKyu Kobudo directly to Okinawa through the Isshinryu Tomo No Kai.