The Isshinryu Hall Of Fame

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

Chris Chase (Inducted 2016)

Christopher Chase was born in Rochester, NY on August 3, 1959.  He began training under the guidance of Master Angi Uezu while the    Master toured the US in 1973.  Seeing that Chris had potential and   serious dedication, Master Uezu took him under his wing and trained him personally as his own student.

After graduating from high school a year early, Master Chase traveled to Okinawa and lived with the Uezu family as the Master’s “adopted son” and protégé.  He also assisted teaching at the USMC Camp Foster   dojo.  Later, Master Chase traveled to Tokyo to further pursue his      university studies, earning his doctorate in    Martial Arts and Asian   Cultural Studies.  Meanwhile, he established an Isshinryu Karate club and commuted regularly to Okinawa to continue his training with Master Uezu. 

Although Master Chase had routinely returned to the US for regular extended periods of time, by 1993 he was more permanently residing in New York.  He opened his dojo in Rochester, but returned frequently to Okinawa to further his training with Master Uezu as well as assist him with classes and world tours.  He also provided personal security either directly or by  training bodyguards for many high profile stars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Diane Sawyer, Reba McIntire, Frank Sinatra, and Billy Joel.  

In the early 2000s, Master Chase’s role as Grand Master Uezu’s personal representative      expanded, and he was commuting frequently to Okinawa to assist with administrative functions of OIKKA as well as to tour Japan and perform demonstrations and seminars.  In 2007, Master Uezu appointed Master Chase to the role of successor or “Kaicho,” as president of the Okinawa Isshinryu Karate and Kobu-do Association.  Master Uezu remains active as Chairman Emeritus and Special Adviser..  Master Chase works fulltime as OIKKA Kaicho and teaches at his dojo in Palmetto Bay, Florida.