The Isshinryu Hall Of Fame

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

Clyd H. Dennis (Inducted in 2011)

Master Clyde H. Dennis, 8th Degree Black Belt, (promoted July 2011) has trained in the martial arts for over forty years, thirty plus of those years under the direction of Grand Master Willie Adams, 10th Degree Black Belt in IsshinRyu Karate from Detroit, Michigan.

Born in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Master Dennis began his formal training in Japanese Gojo-Ryu in 1970 under Master Jackson.  He obtained the rank of green belt in the summer of 1971 after graduating from high school. He continued his training in Gojo Ryu while attending Grambling State University.  After transferring to Louisiana Tech University on an Engineering scholarship, he was introduced to Isshin-Ryu and immediately fell in love with it and its principles.  He had the privilege of meeting Grand Master Steve Armstrong at a tournament in New Orleans. 

In the summer of 1977, he moved to Detroit, Michigan.  After attending his first Isshin-Ryu Grand Nationals, he was introduced to Grand Master Willie Adams and was later invited to his Detroit dojo and the rest is history.

Over the years, Master Dennis has won many kata, kumite and weapons championships in Michigan, Canada, Ohio and Pennsylvania.  He was NASKA top five rated in kata, kumite and weapons in the Midwest region.  He also received the Spirit of Isshin-Ryu Award from the American Okinawan Karate Association.

Today, Master Dennis is a retired Environmental Engineer from Ford Motor Company who works in the Lorain, Ohio School District teaching and mentoring kids while he operates his dojo, the Traditional Okinawan Karate Academy (TOKA) in Avon, Ohio.