The Isshinryu Hall Of Fame

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

Chester Holubecki (Inducted in 2005)

Chester Holubecki has spent a lifetime studying the martial arts. Born on January 6, 1944, in Munich, Germany, Chester and his family were able to survive the war and move to the United States in 1949. Living in Massachusetts, he attended parochial school and later Holyoke High School where he was inducted into the National Honor Society. In June of 1964, he earned an associate degree in business management from Northampton Community College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

In the winter of 1965, Mr. Holubecki began his study in judo at the Springfield YMCA. After a year and a half, he met Mr. Lewis Lizotte and began studying Isshin-Ryu Karate in January of 1967. He opened his first dojo in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1971.

While living in Holyoke, Holubecki also studied the art of Aikido and Hapkido. He has also directed several karate tournaments in the area and presented rape prevention programs for the public in conjunction with the Holyoke Police Department.

In August of 1983, he moved to Orange City, FL and opened a dojo there. While operating the dojo, he has remained active in the community, being a member of the Orange City Chamber of Commerce and the Four Townes Rotary Club. He also taught physical education at a private Christian school in the area and did volunteer work as a youth motivator, working with high-risk dropout candidates. Mr. Holubecki was also a certified Law Enforcement Instructor with the state of Florida. He also hosted for ten years a tournament for all Isshin-Ryu Schools in Central Florida. In 1994, he was promoted to 8th degree black belt and served as the chairman of the promotion board for the AOKA.

After 13 years in Florida Mr. Holubecki moved back to Massachusetts and opened the dojo in Granby, Massachusetts. He is a member of the Knight of Columbus in Chicopee and a member of the Elks Lodge in Holyoke. After 7 years in Granby, he relocated his dojo back to Holyoke where he first started his dojo in 1971.