The Isshinryu Hall Of Fame

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

Chuck Wallace (Inducted 2013)

In 1950, as a ten year old child growing up in Pittsburgh, PA, Master Chuck Wallace contracted the most serious form of Polio. After a month in the hospital where he lay close to death for several days, Chuck was released in the care of his parents to return home where visiting physical therapists and nurses provided extensive care in his home for months to come.


Chuck was flat on his back for six months and had to learn to walk all over again at age 11. It took years for Chuck to build his strength back to normal. Since he was unable to play sports in High School, Chuck developed a longing to achieve or excel in some physical discipline.  In the summer of 1964, at age 23, Chuck began to satisfy that longing when he signed up to learn Isshinryu Karate under the style's founder, Chief Grand Master Tatsuo Shimabuku from Okinawa.Master Shimabuku had come to Pittsburgh to teach at a Dojo in the South Hills area.


Chuck trained under Chief Grand Master Shimabuku for the three-month period he was in Pittsburgh. It was at that same South Hills Dojo that Chuck met William H.Duessel, who eventually became Chuck's "Lifetime Sensei."When Chief Grand Master Shimabuku returned to Okinawa in late November, Chuck continued to train under Sensei Duessel.  Chuck earned Sho Dan in 1967, and in May 1970 he and Sensei Duessel opened their own school in downtown Pittsburgh.


In a few years, that school grew to become one of the largest karate schools in the Eastern United States.

Through the years, SenseiDuessel and Sensei Wallace promoted the Isshinryu style through demonstrations, television appearances, tournaments, and teaching at their Academy.  Having begun his Isshinryu training under Chief Grand Master Tatsuo Shimabuku, Chuck has trained under KichiroShimabuku and AngiUezu.  For 49 years, he has actively trained under his Sensei, HanshiDuessel and is HanshiDuessel's senior student.


Chuck is a Charter Member of The Isshinryu World Karate Association and has been active in assisting KichiroShimabuku in presenting his bi-annual World Tournament since the inception of that event.  On May 30, 2013, Chuck Wallace was promoted to the rank of KuDan by KichiroShimabuku and William H. Duessel.


He has been inducted into The OIKKA Hall of Fame and the Eastern USA International Martial Arts Hall of Fame.  In 2010, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Isshinryu Hall of Fame.


In addition to teaching at HanshiDuessel's Dojo, he teaches Isshinryu at his local Community Center.

Chuck Wallace has always emphasized the positive life lessonsthat Isshinryu Karate teaches to all who follow the path of "The One Heart Method."