Ron Honeycutt has been an active participant, teacher and ambassador of Isshin-Ryu martial arts for over 40 years. He has shared the wisdom, discipline, proficiency and security of this way of life with his family, co-workers, fellow Isshin-Ryu family and community. He has honored the core principles and ideals of Isshin-Ryu by providing a living example that has touched countless numbers of people over four decades in the East Tennessee Region.
During his development, Ron studied with Travis Brasfield, Master Harold Long and Butch Chilton among others. Ron received his black belt in 1968 after Harold long watched him fight and said that boy is ready for his black belt.
As a teacher and practitioner of Isshin-Ryu, Ron has maintained the importance of original techniques and principles. In his belief, the lessons of the founders should be mastered in an unchanged manner in order to preserve all the depth they contain. Beginning in 1971, he became a law enforcement officer after graduating from ETSU University with a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. During his thirty years plus career, he was forced time and time again to draw upon the lessons of his Isshin-Ryu training to protect not only his own safety but also the immediate safety of community citizens and his fellow officers. Thus, he solidified the elements of his teaching as they were intended with seriousness that simply can't be achieved in a dojo or tournament ring.
Recognizing the benefits and demonstrating them to his colleagues naturally progressed into a teaching role. Subsequently, Ron brought martial arts into his police department where it had not existed before. As other officers began to realize the potential of Isshinryu, news spread and before long Ron was teaching his colleagues in the highway patrol along with officers from his local department. Ron became a Master instructor and deepened his own understanding of the art as he taught. Always a student. Ron continues today to teach his "brothers in arms" whenever needed.
Isshinryu has been his life's work, his passion and his honor for over forty years. Isshin-Ryu lessons have held a place of importance on his family life that is second only to Christ and family. He is a Mentor, Sensei, great father and hero to the countless isshinryu "children" he has fostered. His dedication deserves a recognition that can only be given by his peers who understand and appreciate what he has done for Isshinryu, for his community, and for what he has done to honor the founding masters