The Isshinryu Hall Of Fame

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

Terry Creamer (Inducted in 2004)

Terry Creamer began training in martial arts at West Virginia University in Martinsburg, WV in 1973. He graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and a Master’s degree in Safety Management and is currently a public school teacher of physical education and a coach in track and basketball at Hazelwood East High School. He also owns and has operated Terry Creamer's All-Star Karate Academy in St. Peters, Mo. Since 1987. He received his 1st degree Black Belt in 1976 and his 6th degree Black Belt in July 23, 1994.

In 1987 he became the 1st competitor in over 10 years to be nationally ranked in weapons forms and fighting all at the same time.

Sensei Creamer began training Sensei Lars Andersen from Denmark in 1989, and is responsible for Isshinryu Karate in Europe. Has given fighting, weapons, and kata seminars all over the US and in Europe.

In 1991 he was the Missouri State Champion in continuous contact fighting. He was named NASKA (North American Sport Karate Association) "Martial Artist of the Year" in 1992, and during this time frame he won the Triple Crown Award for being Grand Champion fighter at 3 of the largest North American tournaments in Forms, Fighting, and Weapons. He took every national title in 1992 except for one. He repeated this feat in 1993 by winning three AAA tournaments. Mr. Creamer remained undefeated at all other national tournaments.

Sensei Creamer continued his Triple Crown streak in 1994, 1995, and 1996. He is the only Nationally Rated Black Belt to achieve this feat. He has been rated in the top 10 fighters nationwide since 1984 by NASKA. In 1992, 1993, and 1994 he was named Outstanding Competitor in Executive Forms, Outstanding Competitor in Executive Fighting, Best All Around Executive Black Belt by NASKA. In addition, he was Outstanding Black Belt Senior in Forms and Fighting by NASKA and Best All Around Executive in 1996. He received his Masters Level in Chi Lin Kempo in 1994.

For his outstanding accomplishments, he was inducted into the Diamond National Hall of Fame in September of 1997. In July 1998, he was again presented with first place honors for the year 1997 in all of his divisions as well as Best All-Around Male Competitor.

In August 1998, Sensei Creamer was inducted into the American Karate Association Black Belt Hall of Fame. He has been a member of the Budweiser National Team, the prestigious Atlantic World Team, the Trans-World Oil Karate Team, the Paul Mitchell Team, and the Metro All Stars.

Sensei Creamer received the distinguished honor of being rated the 6th best tournament fighter of all time in 2003 as well as being inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame.

A quote from the Danish Isshinryu Web Site:

“The first time Sensei Terry Creamer visited Denmark was in 1998, for 2 weeks. The main influence of the European Isshinryu tradition comes from Creamer Sensei, so the Danes had very high expectations for his visit. Creamer sensei fulfilled these expectations in full, by showing excellent form, timing, speed, incredible power and charisma. Sensei Terry Creamer was back in 2000 for his second visit, by maintaining progressiveness in his teaching, he continues to push and develop Isshinryu in Europe to a higher level.”