Ed McGrath's School Of Isshinryu Karatedo & Kobudo

Ed McGrath's School Of Isshinryu Karatedo & Kobudo


Established in September of 1959 and has been in operation for 58 years.We train children, young adults, adults, the elderly, law enforcement, military active & retired, survivors of violent crimes, the blind, the deaf & handicap students. Our curriculum was formalized on January 15, 1956 and is documents and proven to be highly explosive and very effective. Isshinryu Karatedo was accepted by the United States Marine Corps in 1957 and has been a staple in the MCMAP program headed up by Col. Joe Shusko.

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Wake Forest, NC 27587
59 years in business
165 employees
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Q & A

What is your typical process for working with a new student?

30 days for free to work out together and see if there is a proper fit. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

45 years of training in the Isshinryu curriculum under one Sensei, Ed McGrath known as the voice of karate.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Tuition is 125.00 per month

Kobudo lessons are 75.00 dollars per hour 

Kobudo Lessons are 50.00 per half hour

Uniforms will vary in price based on quality, cropping & patches.

How did you get started teaching?

Once I became a student in 1972 my Sensei Ed McGrath saw I worked well with the children so he started grooming me to become his he'd kyu rank instructor. From there I went on to become his Dai Ichi and trusted partner at the dojo. Once Sensei transitioned to the realm of the ancestors I became the inheritor of his lineage line.

That lineage line is as follows, The Founder of Isshinryu Tatsuo Shimabuku Sensei, Don Nagle Sensei, Ed McGrath Sensei and then me.

What types of students have you worked with?

Childern of all ages, young adults male & female, Adults, Law Enforcement, Military personnel, survivors of violent crimes, the Elderly 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

The Isshinryu Hall of Fame

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Watch a class, ask questions, talk to other students and parents. Get as much information as possible about the Sensei and students.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What are your goals and why take up a martial art.

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