The Isshinryu Hall Of Fame

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

2019 Complete Isshinryu Hall of Fame

Event Schedule

All Events & Activities are located at the
Gatlinburg Convention Center
243 Historic Nature Trail
Gatlinburg, Tn  37738
unless otherwise noted.


9:00am - 3:00pm

Main Lobby

Welcome & Information Table Open

Vendor Tables Open

Tournament Pre-registration Pickup

Awards Banquet Pre-Order Ticket Pickup

On-Site Tournament Registration Open

2019 Ladies of Isshinryu T-Shirt Sales begin

2019 Isshinryu Hall of Fame T-Shirt Pre-Order Pickup & Sales

Black Belt Poster Photos to commemorate the event will be taken on
Friday 11:00 am until 3:00 pm
Saturday until 3:00 pm
If you are a black belt, please wear your uniform.

Friday Afternoon Seminars

12:30pm - 3:30pm

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Grand Foyer:  Ladies of Isshinryu
Master Ruth Ann Shamblin
Master Becky Porterfield
Master Roxanne Marcum

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Gatlinburg Room A:  Master Ed Johnson
"A Deeper Understanding of Kata"
Gatlinburg Room B:  Master Melvin Early
"Street Fighting/Self-Defense"

2:30pm - 3:30pm
Gatlinburg Room A:  Master Kurt Kline
"Fighting Closing the Gap"
Gatlinburg Room B:  Master Melbert Lee Jr
"Getting Home At Night"

Additional Seminar Information:

Seminars are 30 minutes long - 25 minutes of instruction plus 5 minute break/rotation. Attendees will rotate from Room A to Room B to switch/join the second seminar presentation.

The Ladies of Isshinryu is a shared 60 min with 3 presenters.  Each presenter has approximately 20 minutes and will rotate within the same meeting room.


Main Lobby

Cocktail Party

6:30pm - 9:00pm-ish

Dinner Banquet & Awards Ceremony



Doors Open

On-Site Registration Begins

Pre-Registration Pickup Available

Vendor Tables Open


Black Belt Meeting

Please note:  Black Belts who would like to help judge, please CLICK HERE to sign up for judging.  Scorekeepers and Timekeepers may also sign up via the same link.  Black belts who register to judge need to arrive for the Black Belt meeting.  Any late arriving black belts will either need to be registered to complete or pay a spectator fee. 
Thank you in advance.


Tournament Bow-In


After-Party & Fellowship

Black Bear Inn & Suites

Come celebrate with the 2019 Inductees & Award Finalists!

The Isshinryu Hall of Fame 2020
dates are set!

July 17-19, 2020
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 

We will be opening the 2020 Isshinryu Hall of Fame Nominations

August 1, 2019

Nominations may be made thru 11:59 pm April 1st, 2020


Looking to play WAY in advance?
Here are even MORE upcoming dates!

Isshinryu Hall of Fame
(Locked Dates)

July 17-18, 2020
July 16-17, 2021
July 15-16, 2022

Gatlinburg, Tn