The Isshinryu Hall Of Fame

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

Robert Kristensen (Inducted in 2005)

Robert Kristensen was born on July 22, 1948. In 1968 he began his martial arts with the Special Services during his tour of duty with the Armed Forces. After his honorable discharge, he began Goju Ryu Karate from one of the foremost Sensei in that style in the world. Teruo Chinen Sensei who had learned Goju Ryu from it’s founder O’Sensei Miyagi. Kyoshi Kristensen trained and received a Ni-Dan from Chinen Sensei.

Upon hearing about Isshin-Ryu, Bob began training with Dale Jenkins in the mid-seventies. When Shihan Jenkins passed away he continued his training with other higher ranks. He joined the IWKA in 1986 and began training under Bill Duessel in 1990. He taught, trained, and competed – earning the nickname “Shuto”!

Moving from New Jersey in 1991, he turned his school of 250 students over to other Black Belts. He served as the Vice President of the Sussex County Karate Kai.

Arriving in Texas, Sensei Kristensen began teaching at various KinderKare locations at times with over 500 children at various functions and classes. The first main Dojo was at the V.F.W. who helped him because of Vietnam and being a Veteran. Soon he found a location and had his own Dojo in Coppell, Texas. That Dojo has remained the Honbu Dojo until the beginning of the year when we moved into a very modern location near to there. He currently has 9 dojo's under his guidance and has traveled extensively throughout the world teaching and training.