The Isshinryu Hall Of Fame

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

Ron Boucher (Inducted 2019)

Ron Boucher began his martial arts training after high school with Grand Master Lewis Lizotte and made First Degree Black Belt in 1967. Master Boucher spent 1967 - 1969 with the U.S. Army as an Operations N.C.O. with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC.

After the military, he resumed his martial arts training with Grand Master Lizotte. Active as both an instructor and competitor, Master Boucher was ranked among the top fighters in New England during most of the 1970's and was regionally rated #1 as a forms and weapons competitor in the 1980's. He also spent several years competing on the National circuit in both weapons and kata.


Master Boucher has been active in various martial arts organizations throughout his career, having served on the Board of Directors for both the Karate Referees' Association of New England (KRANE) and the American Okinawan Karate Association (AOKA) as well as the Advisory Board for the United Southern Isshinryu Karate organization (USIK).

He is a 9th Dan and was instrumental in training most of the senior Isshinryu Black Belts in the New England area. Currently he is retired and splits his time between his home in Key West and visiting his family in Connecticut.