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  • What is the Isshinryu System Online Dojo?
    The Isshinryu System Online Dojo is a teaching portfolio created by Sensei Norbert Donnelly, a well respected instructor with decades of experience. It provides online training resources for people interested in learning traditional Isshinryu Karate. The website includes instructional videos and other resources to help students learn and practice Isshinryu Karate from the comfort of their own homes. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced martial artist, the Isshinryu System Online Dojo can help you improve your skills and develop your knowledge of this fascinating martial art.
  • Can I Really Learn Karate Online?
    Yes, you can! The Isshinryu System Online Dojo offers high-quality online karate instruction that allows you to learn at your own pace, on your own schedule, and from the comfort of your own home. Sensei Donnelly uses high quality video lessons, based on his years of karate instruction to help you develop your karate skills and achieve your goals. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced practitioner, our online dojo provides a comprehensive curriculum that covers all aspects of Isshinryu karate, including kata, sparring, self-defense, and more. Join us today and start your journey.
  • Is the Isshinryu System associated with any other Isshinryu Organization?
    No, the Isshinryu System Online Dojo is an independent organization that is not affiliated with any other Isshinryu organization. We are dedicated to providing quality martial arts instruction to students of all levels, and our curriculum is based on the teachings of Isshinryu Karate as developed by its founder, Tatsuo Shimabuku. Our instructors are experienced martial artists who have trained extensively in Isshinryu and are committed to helping our students achieve their goals. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced martial artist, we invite you to join us and discover the benefits of training in the Isshinryu System.
  • What is the Subscription Policy for The Isshinryu System Online Dojo? How Do I Cancel?
    The Isshinryu System Online Dojo offers a monthly subscription for access to all of its teaching materials and resources. The subscription fee is automatically charged each month until the subscriber cancels their membership. We do not offer refunds for unused portions of a subscription. However, subscribers may cancel their membership at any time, and their access to the online dojo will end at the end of their current billing cycle. Please note that cancellation requests must be submitted at least 24 hours before the next billing cycle to avoid getting charged for the next month.
  • What's the difference between and the teaching site. This is where you will go for all of your lessons and other instructions. is the site where you purchase and manage your membership. It also has a members area where you can mange your profile, amend your plans, etc. It also offers books and other items which might interest you and also serves as a platform for member interaction.
  • What’s the difference between the Advanced Plan and the Basic Plan?
    Both plans include complete instruction in the art of Isshinryu Karate by Sensei Norbert Donnelly. You learn history, upper body basics, kicks, empty handed kata, self defense, and bunkai or applications of the techniques. Where the Advanced Program differs is in the level of application teaching. There's much more to Isshinryu Karate than block-punch-kick. The Advanced Program explores these enhancements to basic techniques. It is designed for those students who wish to have a deeper understanding of Isshinryu Karate.
  • I studied Isshinryu in the past. Why are your katas different than the way I learned them?
    The Isshinryu System Online Dojo follows the traditional teachings of Isshinryu karate, as passed down by our founder Master Tatsuo Shimabuku and the way in which they were performed by Master Ungi Uezu. However, we understand that different instructors may have variations in their teaching methods and interpretations of the katas. Our katas may have slight differences in technique or timing compared to what you have learned in the past, but we believe that our approach provides a strong foundation for mastering the art of Isshinryu karate as it was taught in the beginning. We encourage our students to embrace these differences as an opportunity to learn and improve their skills.
  • I study a different style of karate. How will the Online Dojo help me?
    The Isshinryu System Online Dojo welcomes students of all martial arts backgrounds. Our curriculum is designed to enhance your existing skills and provide you with new techniques and strategies to add to your arsenal. Additionally, our online community provides a supportive environment for all students to grow and learn from each other, regardless of their martial arts background. Join us and take your martial arts journey to the next level
  • Do you test or promote students to different belt levels?
    We do not. At The Isshinryu System Online Dojo, our main focus is on providing high-quality instruction and training in the Isshinryu karate system. We believe that the process of learning and mastering martial arts is a lifelong journey, and that the pursuit of higher belt levels should not be the primary goal of our students. Instead, we encourage our students to focus on developing their skills and knowledge in Isshinryu karate, and to strive for continuous improvement in all areas of their training. We believe that by focusing on the process of learning and growth, rather than the attainment of specific belt levels, our students will be better equipped to achieve their full potential as martial artists. That being said, we also realize that karate is a fighting art and your learned skills can only truly be tested in a live dojo. We are building a network of affiliated dojos who will allow you access to their facility for greater "hands on" training, testing and promotion. We encourage every student to seek out a traditional dojo to supplement their online training.
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    We're sorry to hear that you're experiencing technical difficulties with our website. To contact technical support, sign in to and go to your member section. There you will find section to create a support ticket contact form. Fill it out and our tech department will investigate the problem.
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