Phil Little studied Isshinryu Karate under the late North American Pioneer, Grandmaster Harold G. Long for over three decades. During his competition years, Hanshi Little was known as a fierce opponent and well-rounded Karate-Ka, competitive in Kata, Kumite and Weapons.
On September 23rd, 1998, prior to his passing, Grandmaster Harold G. Long conferred upon Hanshi Little the rank of Ju-dan, 10th Degree Black Belt and requested that Hanshi Little carry forth the Shimabuku-Long lineage of Isshinryu. He also signed and dated his personal red belt and presented it to Hanshi Little.
At the September 23rd meeting with Little, Grandmaster Long and the Long family, Grandmaster Long entrusted Hanshi Little with the honor and responsibility of carrying forth his lineage. He charged him with the mission of furthering the challenge given to him in the early 1950's by Grandmaster Tatsuo Shimabuku, Soke, to advance Isshinryu Karate and spread his teachings throughout the United States and beyond. At this time he conferred his blessing on the formation of the United States Isshinryu Karate Associationä (U.S.I.K.A.). He called it, "The Isshinryu Association of the Future."
Grandmaster Harold Long passed away on October 12th, 1998, and through his Last Will and Testament, bequeathed his personal Isshinryu Karate files, awards and memorabilia to Hanshi Phil Little. Hanshi Little chose to remain at Ku-Dan (9th Degree Black Belt) out of respect for Grandmaster Don Nagle, a fellow Pioneer and Comrade of Grandmaster Long until the passing of Grandmaster Master Nagle on August 23rd 1999. Hanshi Phil Little then resumed the original conferred rank of September 23rd 1998 of Ju-dan.
In its founding year, the U.S.I.K.A. proved itself a force to contend with at the Isshinryu Hall of Fame Tournament, the largest gathering of Isshinryu Karate-Ka worldwide. The Association established itself as a competitive force of over 100 Karate-Ka strong. Members were victorious in Overall Team Competition, Kata Grand Championship, Men's Kumite Grand Championship, and Overall Grand Champion as well as many additional division championships in Kata, Kumite, and Weapons.
PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS :
1st generation and Hanshi to Grandmaster Harold G. Long, Ju-Dan, Pioneer, Isshinryu Karate
Inheritor of the Harold G. Long lineage, Shimabuku-Long Isshinryu®
President and Founder, United States Isshinryu Karate Association
Founder of Isshinryu Tactical Solutions / Instinctive Tactical Solutions (I.T.S.)®
4 time International Karate Champion
Co-author of Okinawan Weapons and Bo Fighting Techniques with Grandmaster Harold G. Long
Co-author of Okinawan Weapons, Sai and Tonfa Fighting Techniques with Grandmaster Harold Long
Isshinryu Hall of Fame Member, Inducted 1992
Isshinryu Hall of Fame “Dojo of the Year” awarded in 1984 and 1996
World Head of Family Sokeship Council International Hall of Fame, Inducted 1997 of Silver Lifetime Achievement Award
World Karate Union Hall of Fame Member, Inducted 1997 as Karate Man of the Year
World Head of Family Sokeship Council International Hall of Fame, Inducted 1998 as "Outstanding Contribution to Isshinryu Karate"
Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame Member, Inducted 1998 as Grandmaster of the Year - Weapons
World Head of Family Sokeship Council International Hall of Fame, Inducted 1999 Grandmaster Instructor of the Year, Isshinryu Karate
World Karate Union Hall of Fame Board of Directors 1999 elected and presented the Sword of Honor by a special presentation by Grandmaster Don Nagle in Memory and Honor of Grandmaster Harold G. Long
Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame Induction 1999 for Organization of the Year (United States Isshinryu Karate Association)
World Head of Family Sokeship Council International Hall of Fame, Recognizes Internationally by Induction 2000 “Inheritor of the Shimabuku-Long® Lineage of Isshinryu Karate”
Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Inducted 2000 Hall of Fame Member and added as a Sokeship Council Member
World Karate Union Hall of Fame Inducted 2000 Most Distinguished Board of Director
World Head of Family Sokeship Council International Hall of Fame, Inducted 2001 “Ambassador of Isshinryu Karate-Do”
International Police Tactics Instructors Association, Vice President and South Carolina State Director
Past Chairman and Board Member of the Isshinryu Hall of Fame
Past Vice President of the International Isshinryu Karate Association (I.I.K.A.) Resigned 1998
Member of the United Isshinryu Council