The Isshinryu Hall Of Fame

All Isshinryu Practitioners Building & Recognizing Master Tatsuo Shimabuku's Vision Together

John C. Lennox (Inducted in 1999)

December 12, 1918 - October 30, 1998

John Lennox began his Isshin-Ryu training under Sensei Clarence Ewing around 1959. He already held a black belt in Judo and instructed several classes including Women's Self-Defense.

In 1962, Sensei Lennox started the Mudukwon Karate School in Indianapolis, Indiana teaching Isshin-Ryu until his retirement in 1997. The school is the oldest continuous school in the area.

During his studies in Isshin-Ryu, Sensei Lennox wrote three books on Isshin-Ryu which are still in print. He wrote the last book in 1980. They began as just notes to assist his students in the karate class giving them a better understanding of Isshin-Ryu. The books were a logical extension of just simple notes.

In an effort to promote the style he loved, Sensei Lennox hosted a citywide Isshin-Ryu tournament every year beginning in 1977, where Isshin-ryu Karate-Ka would travel from the surrounding states to compete and make friends. During one of these tournaments, he had a sculpture made of Master Tatsuo Shimabuku to help raise money to aid in hosting the 1983 National Isshin-Ryu tournament in Indianapolis. The tournament was a success and the bust was donated and sent to the Shimabuku family where it is still displayed.

During the 1980's, he traveled to Okinawa to learn more about Isshin-Ryu, its roots, and the Okinawan culture. He made friends with many martial artists from varying styles through the years. He felt that these exchange of ideas helped promote Isshin-Ryu.

Sensei Lennox was an avid runner who encouraged many of his students to do the same. He ran marathons up until his mid 70's and won several medals. While in service during WW II, he finished 1st in a fitness test that had over 5,000 servicemen participating.

Sensei Lennox passed away in October of 1998 after suffering a heart attack.