The Isshinryu Hall Of Fame

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

Kurt Kline (Inducted 2019)

Kurt Kline started his martial arts career when he was 10, and converted to Isshinryu when he was 14. Master Bud Ewing has been his sensei for over 30 years. The dojo was a concrete building with no windows nor air conditioning. Students fought hard.


In his youth, Kurt also wrestled on the high school varsity wrestling team for 4 years, serving as captain 2 years.


Kurt earned the rank of sho-dan in June, 1990 and is a 7th degree black belt. He runs a dojo in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania and serves as President of the Order of Isshinryu. While in college, Kurt continued to train at the dojo, and started his own dojo on campus. Kurt began fighting full contact, which greatly influenced his perspectives. He competed in local tournaments, earning a reputation in the ring. He won many tournaments, and the Cecil County Open multiple times. A standout memory was fighting in the IHOF finals in the Knoxville Coliseum. In October, 2017, Kurt was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to the Dojo Award at Don Nagle’s AOKA 60th Anniversary Hall of Fame Ceremony.


Kurt has travelled extensively teaching Isshinryu – from Puerto Rico to Australia. He has trained defensive tactics to several law enforcement agencies. He enjoys travelling to other Isshinryu tournaments and hosting workouts.


In 1995, Kurt attended the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy, and served as a certified police officer in Ocean City, MD, from 1995 – 1997. Kurt earned a B.A. and M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from the University of Delaware. He later earned a J.D., cum laude, from the Delaware Law School, and a Masters in Law in Taxation from the Villanova University School of Law. Kurt is an attorney, practicing in the areas of corporate and business law.

Kurt lives on a farm in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He is married to his patient wife, Kim, and has 3 young daughters – Lydia Anne, Hope Elizabeth, and Coralyn Grace. If not at the office, dojo, or spending time with his daughters, you will likely find Kurt on his mower or tractor.