Welcome to the Elkton Isshinryu website. We are a member of the Order of Isshinryu
Karate Organization. The Order of Isshinryu is one of the oldest continuing karate organizations in the world. Master Toby Cooling started the Elkton Isshinryu dojo in 1967 and it’s the primary (Hombu) dojo of the Order of Isshinryu. We offer a rich heritage into the traditional teachings of Isshinryu karate,
which is a fighting martial arts system developed by Master Tatsuo Shimabuku
Master Toby Cooling, a 10th degree Black belt, established the Order of
Isshinryu in 1971 after a promise he made to founder Tatsuo Shimabuku to go back to the states and "teach good Isshinryu and make
a happy family".
The same values and standards that have kept the Order of Isshinryu strong for
almost 40 years are still being taught today. For more information about the
Order of Isshinryu, you can read about us at
We offer two different martial arts programs: Traditional Isshinryu Karate and Mixed Martial Arts
All classes focus on self-defense, self-confidence, respect, traditional
Isshinryu Karate, MMA, ground fighting and weapons.
No two classes are alike but high standards, morals, a positive attitude,
principles, courtesy and respect are emphasized in every class.
All classes are under the strict guidance of Master Bud Ewing (ku-Dan)